• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe how Jews were discriminated against in 1939

Extracts from this document...


Anthony O'Donoghue 10S Describe how Jews were discriminated against in 1939 Discrimination against Jews in Germany had started in 1933, when Hitler came into power as Chancellor on 30th January. Hitler was very anti-Semitic, and had been for years since his experiences with Viennese Jews in Vienna. From the moment the Nazis took power, they began to persecute Germany's Jewish minority. Nazi policies were designed to exclude Jews from German society and to prevent racial intermixing. Jews were harassed and humiliated on the streets and were subjected to laws that robbed them of their rights, their livelihoods and their dignity. Hitler laid down his policy of anti-Semitism in 'Mein Kampf' (My Struggle), in which he wrote "The Jew is and remains a parasite, a sponger, who, like a germ, spreads over wider and wider areas according as some favourable area attracts him." In this essay I will be describing the changes in the treatment of Jews and how these changes and discriminatory acts can be categorised into factors such as education, employment, citizenship and property. ...read more.


Depriving Jews of education meant that Jews were unable to adequate qualifications and training to obtain good jobs. Examples of discrimination concerning employment are the nation-wide boycott of Jewish shops and businesses. This action was ordered by Hitler and enforced by the SA on 1st April 1933. Jewish doctors were restricted to treating other Jews only. Farmers were forced to prove that there had been no Jewish blood in their families since 1880 in order to inherit land. Also Jewish lawyers were restricted to working for Jewish clients. Without or with very little employment, Jews became very poor and struggled to buy necessities. Also, without money they could not afford to leave the country to escape further discrimination. Examples of discrimination concerning citizenship are that the Nuremberg laws deprived Jews of German citizenship, and made marriages and sexual relations between Germans and Jews illegal, from 15th September 1935. ...read more.


By taking away Jewish property, Jews lost money in investments of business and precious items, such as jewellery. Radio sets gave entertainment and information, by taking these away Jews were ignorant of other forms of discrimination taking place. So now you can see that Jews were discriminated in various ways that affected their education, employment, property ownership or citizenship and in some cases a combination of the categories. The 'Aryanisation' of Jewish businesses meant that Jewish business property was sold at very low prices. This affected the Jews employment and property ownership. By discriminating the Jews in this way purely due to their race and religion inevitably made them outcasts and Hitler punished them further and further whilst advertising the German hatred for Jews and attraction of Aryanism. Did the Nazis need to go to such an extent of discrimination against the Jews because of their race and religion or did Hitler convince the society that Jews were bad and make a fashion and a hobby to discriminate them? ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Describe how Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939

    Over 191 synagogues were set afire, with 76 destroyed. More than 7,500 Jewish businesses were looted and over 800 ruined. Ironically, the Jews were made to pay back one billion RM (Rentenmark) in damages, the fine was collected by confiscating 20% of every Jew's property.

  2. Describe how the Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939?

    at which large gas chambers had been built. Indeed, the "efficiency" of several camps had been tested during 1941 in preparation for the "Final Solution". Often, Jews were taken straight from the trains directly to the gas chambers. At other times, those who were fit enough to do hard labour were given work to do until they grew

  1. Describe how Jews were discriminated Against in Germany from 1933 - 1939?

    On September Germany, invaded Poland. More than 3 million Jews lived in Poland and their treatment by the Nazis was even more vicious than that of German and Austrian Jews. Jews in Poland had to wear an armband with a blue star of David, or sew a yellow star on

  2. Describe how Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939.

    Out of the blue Hitler confiscated more Jewish businesses and stepped up the Aryanisation of businesses, this was in September of 1937, the first time in two years. 1938 was a big year for Jewish persecution: "In 1938 march Germany united with Austria and 190,000 Austrian Jews became victims of persecution" this increased the number of Jews trying to escape.

  1. Describe how the Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939.

    To prepare the minds of the German people for what they wanted to do to the Jews, the Nazis decided to bring in the propaganda machine so that next time the population would react, as they wanted them to. As I said in the introduction to this answer, every area of Jewish life was affected, not least religion.

  2. Describe how Jews were discriminated against in Germany in 1939.

    Hitler wrote of his experiences in his autobiography Mein Kampf (My Struggle). The Jews had in fact contributed to German life more than what the Germans had wished of them. They had professions in literature, music, banking, science, theatre and medicine.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work