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From 1933 to 1939 Jews were faced with huge discrimination and disdain in Nazi controlled Germany

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Jay Edmonds Question 1 From 1933 to 1939 Jews were faced with huge discrimination and distain in Nazi controlled Germany. The government actively promoted hatred and violence towards Jews. It was the view of Hitler and the Nazis that there was an 'Aryan' race, superior to others. The Jewry, in Hitler's opinion, were the lowest form of mankind and must 'removed'. By using horrific propaganda, masterminded by Goebels, a dim and distorted view of Jews was presented to the German public. The Nazis used many ways to present their propaganda including newspapers, films and posters. On one of the many posters produced was a picture of a tall, fit man clearly following the requirements of the 'Aryan' race. Whereas on the other side of the poster there was a grotesque cartoon picture of an obese and ugly looking Jewish man. The text accompanying the poster would describe the Jew as being shifty and untrustworthy. This type of poster would have been seen throughout Germany giving the public a false and distorted view of the Jewish population. The Nazis controlled all of the mass media. ...read more.


In the second or 'The Reich Citizenship Law', Jews were stripped of their German citizenship. From now on if you had even one Jewish grandparent, German citizenship was denied. These two horrific decrees, show more evidence that Hitler and the Nazis wanted to single out the Jewish faith and punish their kind. Kristallnact or Night of the Broken Glass was the name given to the events that took place on the 9th November 1938. It was a night of attacks, violence and demolition on Jewish shops, houses and synagogues. The massive operation, which was organised by Joseph Goebels, was carried out throughout Germany and in parts of Austria. Both the SS and the general public took part in this atrocity. With over 400 synagogues burnt down and many more smashed, it showed the absolute non-existent sympathy for the Jews, as the synagogue was a sacred place for the already suffering Jews. In addition, around 700 Jewish shops were devastated, 100 innocent people brutally murdered and a huge 30,000 were sent to the horror that was the concentration camps. ...read more.


Even the exam questions were antisematic, for example: "A bomber aircraft on take-off carries 12 dozen bombs, each weighing 10 kilos. The aircraft takes off for Warsaw the international centre for Jewry. It bombs the town. On take-off with all bombs on board and a fuel tank containing 100 kilos of fuel, the aircraft weighed about 8 tons. When it returns from the crusade, there are still 230 kilos left. What is the weight of the aircraft when empty ?" This distorted use of language is something that young minds in education would have been influenced by. In 1935 Jewish children were banned from going to school, the reason the Nazis gave was that a Jew would 'contaminate' a German child if they sat next to each other. State sponsored discrimination by the Nazis resulted in complete misery for anyone from a Jewish background. The discrimination was relentless and effected every part of a Jewish persons life. The so called Nuremberg Laws were introduced. German Jews were no longer 'German'. With their citizenship stripped, the Jewish peple were truly being cast into the wilderness. Gradually the hatred and violence become worse, this finally led to the shameful events of the Kristallnacht. Hitler and the Nazis had succeeded in their total discrimination and persecution of the Jews. ...read more.

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