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The significance of the major causes of the Holocaust and Nazi policies towards the Jews.

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Question 1: The significance of the major causes of the Holocaust and Nazi policies towards the Jews In 1939, under the orders of Adolf Hitler, the German army invaded Poland and the Second World War began. Many of the Jews in Europe had fled from the Nazis and had sought the relative safety of Poland. The Nazis hatred of the Jews had started when Hitler had come to power and was able to spread his word. Slowly many people began to listen to Hitler and so his hatred was spread and the invasion of Poland and expansion in Europe was planned. Hitler wanted to invade Poland for two reasons. Number one was to expand Germany and to gain what he believed was his. Number two was to rid Europe of the Jews. Before the invasion of Poland however, were a number of events in which the Jews had been racially abused and discriminated for what they believed. One of the first main events was the Nuremberg Party where Hitler and his officials devised the Nuremberg Race Laws on September 15,1935. These were a set of laws against and discriminating the Jews, telling them what they could and more importantly could not do. ...read more.


The Nazis knew that if Officials or the government did not enforce discrimination of Jews, they would not have done it themselves because it would have been looked down upon and they might have been arrested. One of the other important events was the German invasion of Poland. This was what "pulled the trigger" of the Second World War as the Allies thought that Hitler had gone too far. Many Jews had fled to Poland because they knew that under the new government that they would be discriminated if they did not move. Many of them never thought that the Allies would let Hitler touch Poland let alone invade it. During the occupation of Poland many camps were set up. The first ones were to house the Jews and get them out of the way. But Hitler found a new way to insult and discriminate the Jews. He built concentration camps that he used as detention centres. Jews were sent there to be discriminated and made vulnerable. Hitler found that he could kill the Jews and no one of importance would complain. He built death camps and the main Holocaust had begun. ...read more.


The Final Solution may not have been thought up, as they would not have all the Jews in Europe at their disposal. The reason I don't think that it is an event such as Kristallnacht is that although it happened throughout the majority of Germany it was a relatively local area that it happened in. By this I mean that if Hitler had already invaded Poland and Russia and it happened there as well it would have been much worse but much more important. The Nuremberg Race Laws did not immediately affect the Jews but apprehended them instead. Kristallnacht didn't happen on a European scale therefore did not affect any Jews in Russia or Poland but the invasion of Poland to the Nazis meant that they could get away with stealing land and they could easily change their policies because they could get away with it. If the Allies had not let Hitler get Poland a lot of trouble would have been saved and the Wannsee Conference and Final Solution would never have been planned, if so on a much more minor scale. History Coursework Edward Mathews 1 ...read more.

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