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GCSE History Coursework Question 2. Why did the status and position of the Jews in Germany worsen in the years 1933 to 1945? Germany was the potent centre of anti-Semitism over the years of Hitler's reign. It was a place of trepidation, fatalities, and sheer dread for Hitler and the Nazi's victims, the Jews. The Jews had always suffered anti-Semitism, but things were about to get a lot worse in the years 1933-1945. They were about to endure hardship, pain and torture, all sparked off from one event, which would stage the 'building-blocks' to the attempted destruction of the Jewish race. This event was in January 1933, when Hitler took virtual control of the German government when President von Hindenburg appointed him Chancellor. Hitler used his appointed power against the Jews at every point he could, he longed for the annihilation of the Jews, to secure the 'safety' of the more superior Aryan race, which he believed was highly under threat from the conspiring Jews. ...read more.


From this event, some to days later, an awful crisis had emerged. On November 9th, Joseph Goebbels used this incident as an excuse to organise and carry out a nationwide riot against the Jews. This was the night seen as a turning point in Nazi policy. The full extent of Hitler's and the Nazi's utter despise was let out and demonstrated by the acts of this mob-attack. The SA organised the rioting, while the Gestapo and the SS made summary and random arrests of Jewish males. The Nazi 'cultists' rampaged through every street and ally, ransacking at will. Jewish homes and businesses were utterly ruined, as the SA destroyed and looted for pleasure. Even the holy synagogues were destroyed. These men thought they could even defy the Jewish God and religion they despised it so much. This utterly tragic night lets the pavements and roads of Germany's cities and towns littered with shattered glass and mounds of debris. ...read more.


They simply couldn't just be herded into concentration camps and left there to rot, so a decision was to be made. In their attempt to find a solution to this, the Nazis took extreme measures. Their racial policies took priority over everything. First they tried to isolate the Jews from common society and force them to emigrate. When this obscene plan failed, they decided on what they termed the Endlosung- the 'Final Solution' of the Jewish question. This meant the absolute obliteration of all the Jews in Europe. Every man, woman and child was to be brutally murdered. This was decided at the Wannsee Conference in January 1942. Here, officials debated the Jewish question, and came up with the horrific solution. Jews in Germany had gone from bad to absolute no worse. There is nothing worse than death, and that is all that remained for the Jews in Germany and the rest of Europe if Hitler had his way. His tyranny would never stop unless opposed. From Hitler's point of view, the Jews were to be distinguished. Tom Spence ...read more.

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