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Explain Nazi persecution of the Jews and other minorities considering minorities show how persecution developed?

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Explain Nazi persecution of the Jews and other minorities considering minorities show how persecution developed? Hitler and the Nazis believed that the German people were the master race. The Germanic racial group was superior to all other groups. The ideal Aryan was tall with blonde hair and blue eyes, and Hitler was frequently photographed with men and women who fitted this model. Pride in one's racial background is a natural and common phenomenon, but the Nazis took this belief to extreme lengths. Race farms were set up, where carefully selected women were mated with ideal males in a form of selective breeding to produce super Germans. Not only did they believe that their race was best, but they believed that others were inferior human beings Jews, eastern Europeans and blacks were Untermenshen who were not worthy of respect. Even before Hitler came to power, he had set out racial views in Mein Kampf and in speeches and Nazi literature. The Jews were not only an inferior race, but they had also joined with communists to undermine Germany's efforts in the First World War. ...read more.


Large numbers of Jews decided to emigrate form Germany-in the 1930s, half the German Jewish population left the country. Many others felt they could not leave their homeland and hoped that things would not get worse. But in 1938 they did. A Jewish student shot dead a German diploma in the embracing in Paris. The authorities in Germany reacted by ordering widespread attacks on Jewish homes, businesses and synagogues. In this Kristallnacht, 8000 Jewish homes and shops were attacked, and synagogues were burned to the ground. Over a hundred Jews were killed and thousands were sent to concentration camps. When he heard of the cost to German insurance companies of all the damage, one leading Nazi is reported to have said, "We should have smashed fewer windows and more heads." Kristallnacht was followed by a new set of Anti Semitic laws. The Jewish community had to pay one billion marks for the murder of the diplomat in Paris. Jews were no longer allowed to run businesses and Jewish children were banned from school. ...read more.


Some were later used in medical experimentation. People of Eastern Europe descent also received harsh treatment at the hands of the Nazis, who considered them work-shy vagrants. They too lost their citizenship in Nuremberg Maws and had to live on specially designated sites. If they refused they were sent to concentration camps. Many people labelled gypsies were sterilised. During the Second World War, they suffered the same fate the Jews. Even tramps and beggars were dealt with severely. Up to half a million of them were rounded up and put into labour camps. Many of them were also sterilized. In 1933 the Nazis passed a law to saw that all mentally disabled people should be compulsorily sterilised. In 1939 a euthanasia programme was introduced against mentally and physically disables Germans. Some 70,000 adults and 5000 children were put to death by lethal injection, gassing or starvation. Disabled people simply did not fit in with Nazi views on the master race. Nazi propaganda was used to persuade people that euthanasia for the disabled and for anyone that was the stereotypical German was a good thing. Sarah Allymohamed ...read more.

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