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How did the Nazi Policy towards Jews Change Between 1933 & 1945?

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How did the Nazi Policy towards Jews Change Between 1933 & 1945? Hatred for Jews had been around for a long time. This hatred was not only in Germany but also throughout Europe and had existed for many centuries. In the early twentieth century the hatred had been particularly harsh in Russia and many Russian Jews fled to Germany. Most of the Jews were poor but some of them had high places in society and were considerably wealthy. Most of the Jews were found to be shopkeepers, traders, bankers and business people. Though some were successful doctors, lawyers, writers and artists. Wherever they settled they seemed to be treated harshly. In some places they were barred to even set foot upon their own land. Sometimes they had to live in a special part of the city called a ghetto. This was a section of the town which Jews had to by law live in. ...read more.

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Below are the steps taken to achieve the latter: 1933: Official one-day boycott of Jewish shops, lawyers and doctors all over Germany. 1934: Anti-Jewish propaganda increased. 1935: Jews forbidden to join the army. 1935: The Nuremburg Laws 1936: A slow down on anti-Semitism as the Olympics were taking place in Berlin. 1937: Hitler spoke out against Jews, more Jewish businesses were confiscated. 1938: Jews had to register their property. 1938: Jews were not allowed to have contact with Aryans. 1938: Jews had to have a red letter "J" stamped on their passports. 1938: Kristallnacht-Nazis destroyed synagogues, Jewish homes and shops. The anti-Semitism preached by Hitler greatly influenced the German population. The Nuremburg laws (1935) pushed anti-Semitism to greater lengths. This barred Jews from being Jewish citizens and took away most of their basic rights (Reich Citizenship Laws). There also was a law for the protection of German blood and Honour-banned marriages between Jews and Aryans and forbade them to have sexual relations outside marriage. ...read more.

Conclusion

The war made it impossible to remove the Jews by emigration. The Germans allowed them only starvation ratios and thousands died from hunger, the intense cold or the disease typhus. By the end of 1941 half a million Jews had been shot. By now Nazi leaders had decided on a final solution to their Jewish problem, to exterminate all of them. In January 1942 leading Nazis met in Wannsee in Berlin to work out details of the Holocaust. Death camps were built in Poland far away from Germany where Jews were worked to death or gassed. Some children and adults were used for hideous medical experiments, in particular by a doctor called Heissmeyer. Unbelievably the mass genocide was largely kept a secret from the German people, and from Germany's enemies overseas. The treatment of Jews escalated dramatically after the Second World War started, though the source of this extreme hatred started from the birth of the Nazi party. The end of the Second World War signalled the end to most of the suffering and death directed to Jews. Munir S ...read more.

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