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Treatement of the Jews - The Nazis central idea was that everyone was not equal, but that some groups of people were "superior" and others "inferior".

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The Nazis central idea was that everyone was not equal, but that some groups of people were "superior" and others "inferior". They implemented policies that would enable them to achieve a 'Master Race'. The Nazis also believed that certain groups, especially Jews, were not just at the bottom of the hierarchy of humanity, but that they were actually dangerous and should be destroyed. In many European countries, such as Germany, Jews were still the only sizeable minority, and remained the focus of racist feeling that sometimes flared into violence. There were about half a million Jews in Germany before 1933. Only a majority of them were Orthodox Jews, the others considered themselves as German citizens. They were well assimilated into German culture. But when the Nazis came into power they applied anti-Semitism to the people of Germany from the start. ...read more.


In 1935, Hitler made anti-Semitism official by passing the Nuremberg Laws. These deprived the Jews of their German citizenship and placed special restrictions on them. Jews were forbidden to marry non-Jews or to have non-Jewish servants. Professional associations, like those for German doctors and lawyers, expelled their Jewish members, and some schools expelled their Jewish pupils. During 1936, the Olympic Games were taking place in Berlin and so there was a pause in the anti-Jewish campaign. In September 1937, for the first time in two years, Hitler made an outspoken attack on the Jews. The Aryanisation of businesses was increased and more Jewish businesses were confiscated. Finally, I will be looking at the third of stage, which is persecution. All through 1938, the Jews in Germany were humiliated and picked on. ...read more.


And in December all the remaining Jewish businesses were confiscated. While Hitler had been strengthening his control within Germany, he had also been strengthening Germany's position within Europe. He had reclaimed parts of Germany in 1935. In 1938, Germany united with Austria. Hitler implemented an anti-Semite policy into the country and most local Nazis and non-Jews were eager to make the Jews suffer. Jewish people were severely insulted and humiliated. In some towns they were made to scrub the streets while the crowd looked on and laughed. This resulted in many Jewish people leaving the country. Before Kristallnacht, many Jews in Germany believed that Nazi anti-Semitism was a passing phase. Afterwards, most Jews were persuaded that things would only get worse. They were all treated as second class citizens now and many emigrated to other parts of Europe and to the USA. By 1939, about 282,000 Jews had left Germany. This was exactly what the Nazis wanted to happen. Hollie Taylor 10E ...read more.

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