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In this essay I will be analysing and studying a number of sources to find out if many Germans did not support Nazi policies towards the Jews.

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History Coursework Question 2! In this essay I will be analysing and studying a number of sources to find out if many Germans did not support Nazi policies towards the Jews. I will produce a final conclusion explaining whether or not I agree with the statement. After World War 1, there was a lot of hatred against the Jews, which Hitler especially felt strongly about. Propaganda, posters and even published magazines were produced to brain wash the minds of the Germans to hate the Jews. Most of this was published making the Jews look nasty evil and a bad influence on the other Germans. Hitler came up with Jewish laws such as, no German can buy products from a Jewish shop, otherwise have there name on a list which was published for everyone to see, this shows that many Germans didn't support the nazi policy. However we do not know if the list of names were from one town city or county etc. Jewish children were kicked out of public schools along with Jewish teachers and many more selfish nasty things went on to push the Jews out of the country. More laws included: 1. Jews were required to turn over all precious metals to the government. 2. Pensions for Jews dismissed from civil service jobs were arbitrarily reduced. 3. Jewish-owned bonds, stocks, jewellery and art works can be alienated only to the German state. ...read more.

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Although the vast majority were probably too afraid of the Nazi's to do anything about it, the report states that some people from a certain crowd were making passages for the Jews to get through. This is a good piece of evidence as it builds up a good picture of what happened on that day but this is an American report so the person who wrote it may not of actually been there in person to back up the points made. Overall this seems as a useful source on mixed views about the support the Nazi policy received. Everybody had different attitudes towards Hitler's policy. Source D shows one particular opinion of a former member of the Hitler Youth in an interview from 1989 a while after the war had ended. He says that many people underestimated the nazi policy and believed Hitler was not engaged in mass murder. The way the Jews were treated, he says, was of minor harassment on people who were different than others. They were just basically as he states ' a disliked minority'. It was until Kristallnacht that people thought this, after that tragic day it was then they lost their innocence and could no longer be under any illusion. It then goes back to supporting source B in a way as it states that although most Germans indeed did want the Jews out of the country, he never actually met a fanatical nazi who did want the extermination of the Jews. ...read more.

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However this is only one man and also it is a film which although is based on a true story may be slightly changed and so we cant believe every comment or action that took place in the film. After analysing and studying the previous sources I have got a mixed view on whether or not; many Germans did not support the Nazi policy. From just the sources they do actually seem to back up the statement, however most conclude in a two way ending, mixed opinions, on who supported the policy. My personal opinion after using my own background knowledge and researching the sources is that many Germans did indeed agree with the policy and got involved with the killing and harassing, however I believe that this was only because of the propaganda, magazines and newspaper etc, brainwashing the Germans to hate the Jews. The more powerful Hitler became the more the Jews were hated. If a German used a Jewish shop, lived in a Jewish area or even started speaking to a Jew they would be punished or embarrassed. There was a lot of pressure on the Germans at that time, still no excuse for murdering and torture however. There were Germans of a kind nature towards the Jews though those who followed the laws fanatically over ruled those who didn't. So the statement Many Germans did not support the nazi policy in my views is false but there still are many things I could use to support it. ...read more.

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