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By What Stages, and why, did the the Nazi regime increase its persecution Of the Jews, 1933-39?

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By What Stages, and why, did the the Nazi regime increase its persecution Of the Jews, 1933-39? Response as to why the Nazis persecuted the Jewish community was not simply Hitler's hatred of the Jews but it has its roots in a much broader grounds. German society and long lasting historical opinions of the Jews made the Nazis attitude a relatively long-standing concept. Hitler's personal hatred of the Jews is widely believed to have originated in his time in pre First World War Vienna, at this time the city was quite cosmopolitan with a range of cultures, races and religions present in the city. Hitler applied entry into the Academy Of Fine Arts but was unsuccessful; historians believe that Hitler's envy of Jews and other races or asocial's (As Hitler would later define) being allowed entry and living prosperous lifestyles led to his personal anti Semitic feelings. Some more radical members of German society argued that the hostility of the Jews and Christians, through the murder of Jesus is an justification for maltreatment of the Jews, ...read more.

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In September 1935, the Nuremberg Race Laws were declared stating that no Jew could claim German citizenship, no Jew could marry or have a sexual relationship with an Aryan and that all Jews would have to be medically inspected before marriage. In the summer of 1936 Berlin held the Olympic Games exhibiting to the world how Hitler had transformed Germany back to its former glory, the ant Semitism had significantly declined during the Olympics so that no outsiders saw the true brutality of the German government. In 1937 at the Nuremberg rallies Hitler made a powerful speech denouncing the Jews as the Nazi party looked forward to radicalising its policies and stepping up action against the Jews. By now anti Semitic propaganda had been long introduced in schools were pupils were taught how to recognise a Jew and that students were to not go to Jewish doctors as they would victimise children, in this instance the Jewish doctor was compared to the devil with "Two criminal eyes" and "A long crooked nose", features symbolic of a Jew in Germany's culture at this time. ...read more.

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By now many Jews were pleading foreign embassies for refuge and in certain cases Jews would be seen queuing all the way around a block, many foreign governments limited the amount of immigrants. By 1939 the hatred of Jews is blatant as Hitler described the annihilation of the Jewish Race in a speech and the Reich Central Office for Jewish emigration is set up, the Nazi message was clear, they wanted Jews out of Germany. Those who did avoid the terrible years of the holocaust that would follow were fortunate, millions of others would not be so lucky. In conclusion the persecution of the Jews was a gradual process were its brutality would not really be apparent until the late 1930's, It I difficult to pinpoint the precise reasons as to why the Nazis targeted the Jews but I believe that it was predominantly driven by Hitler's personal disgust towards them, It is widely believed that almost all of Hitler's and the Nazi policy had anti Semitic motives behind them and the nation could only really be swept along in a wave of mass Nazism. Stuart Webber 10/05/2007 ...read more.

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