Honorary Aryan (German: Ehrenarier) was an expression used in Nazi Germany to describe the unofficial status of persons, including some Mischlinge, who were not recognized as belonging to the Aryan race, according to Nazi standards, but informally considered to be part of it.
The prevalent explanation as to why the status of "honorary Aryan" was bestowed by the Nazis upon other non-Nordic – or even less exclusively, non-Indo-Iranian/European peoples – is that the services of those peoples were deemed valuable to the German economy or war effort, 
- Hitler declared that the Japanese were Honorary Aryans.
- Hitler declared that the Finns, Hungarians and Turks were Aryans. Nevertheless, Turkey remained neutral throughout most of the war and did not follow through on an agreement to supply Nazi Germany with chromite, instead selling it, as well as dried fruit and tobacco, to the United States and the United Kingdom.
- Helmuth Wilberg, Luftwaffe general and 1st-degree Mischling was declared to be Aryan in 1935 by Hitler at the instigation of Hermann Göring.
- Amin al-Husseini, a Palestinian and the Mufti of the British Mandate of Palestine, "was granted the status of honorary Aryan" by the Nazis, whereas people of the Far East and Arabia were considered by Hitler to be "half-monkeys".
- Stephanie von Hohenlohe, a Jewish Austrian princess by marriage and spy for Nazi Germany, was declared an honorary Aryan by Heinrich Himmler.
- Emil Maurice, Hitler's first personal chauffeur and a very early member of the Nazi Party, was a member of the SS, but ran afoul of Heinrich Himmler's rules, which required SS men to have deep Aryan ancestry, since Maurice's great-grandfather was Jewish. Himmler considered him to be a security risk, and tried to have him thrown out, but Hitler stood by his old friend and, in a secret letter dated 31 August 1935, required Himmler to allow Maurice and his brothers to remain in the SS. They were considered to be "Honorary Aryans".
- Sophie Lehár (nee Paschkis), the wife of the composer Franz Lehár had been Jewish before her conversion to Catholicism upon marriage. Hitler enjoyed Lehár's music and the Nazis made some propaganda use of it. After Joseph Goebbels intervened on Lehár's behalf, Mrs. Lehár was given in 1938 the status of "honorary Aryan" by marriage. This certainly saved her life; during the war, attempts were made at least once to have her deported, which was stopped only due to her status.
- Anti-Comintern Pact
- Germany–Japan industrial co-operation before World War II
- German–Japanese relations
- Honorary whites
- Presidential exemption (Slovak State)
- Racial policy of Nazi Germany
- Tripartite Pact
- Gunther Burstyn
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Den Begriff „Ehrenarier" gab es offiziell nicht, nur in der Umgangssprache. Er bedeutete wohl, daß ein jüdischer Mischling auf Grund seiner Stellung und Verdienste im Reich wie ein Arier angesehen wurde und keinerlei Anstalten machen mußte, eine Besserstellung oder Gleichstellung durch Hitler zu erreichen.
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In 1936 the government began an investigation to decide the racial status of the Turks, and the Turkish press announced the results in the press in the headline "The Turks are Aryans!"
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Hitler's contempt for non-Aryan peoples, however, was difficult to contain: He is on record as referring to Arabs as "half-monkeys."
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Wir werden weiterhin die Unruhe in Fernost und in Arabien schüren. Denken wir als Herren und sehen in diesen Völkern bestenfalls lackierte Halbaffen, die die Knute spüren wollen. (We will continue to stir up unrest in the Far East and in Arabia. Let us think as Men and at best we will see lacquered half-monkeys in these peoples who want to feel the whip.)
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