Were there "circumcised Nazis"?
In commenting on my Nov. 23 post, "The man who attended my father's bris," Joared, who publishes a wonderful blog, "Along the Way," raised an interesting question. She wanted to know whether a non-Jewish German who had been circumcised would be condemned to the same fate as the Jews--shipment to a Nazi concentration camp.
(I tried twice to respond to her via a personal e-mail message using her gmail address. According to my own gmail "sent" file, neither message got through to her. There is apparently a technical conflict between my gmail program, which I use only to respond to messages originated by the sender in gmail, and my primary ATT e-mail program. Just another one of those Internet mysteries that cause almost as much frustration and aggravation as pleasure!)
I doubt whether there is any data that would provide an answer to the question. I assume that there were non-Jewish Germans who had been circumcised for medical reasons. I can only speculate that they would have escaped the fate of the Jews if they had official documents showing that they were pure Aryans. Considering the hysteria about a person's genetic background then raging in Nazi Germany, I would guess that such documentation was readily available.
Circumcision was certainly not an issue for the many Muslims fighting as allies along side the German army--Bosnians,Turks, Palestinians, Iraqis, and natives from the Muslim-dominated republics in the former Soviet Union.
Like Jewish boys, Muslim boys are circumcised during religious ceremonies. But unlike Jewish boys, who are circumcised eight days after birth, my understanding is that Muslim boys are circumcised several years after birth-- when they are as old as nine or ten years of age. That is one important advantage that Jewish boys enjoy.