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Why did the Treatment of Jews Change from 1939-45

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Why did the Treatment of Jews Change from 1939-45 Persecution of Jews increased during the Second World War as the Nazis invaded more countries, because each of these countries contained thousands of Jews that became under Nazi rule. This increased their problem greatly. The ways in which the Nazis dealt with the Jews changed gradually in three main stages, the fist was exportation out of Europe to get rid of them by ships, but this changed as the British controlled the Mediterranean waters. They then turned to internal exclusion, where the Nazis put the Jews into ghettos and camps. When internal exclusion failed because there was too many Jews, the last think that the Nazis could do was exterminate them, this didn't happen suddenly and happened for many reasons. ...read more.

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Behind the advancing German army were Nazis from the SS called the Einzatzgruppen. This squad executed anyone they thought that they needed to. At first it was only the people who were politically against them, but soon Jews were included in the act. The local people were under Hitler's control and helped to seek out Jews to be executed, this would have been because they had been 'brainwashed' by Hitler, but also, continuing on the ancient hatred of Jews. At first the Nazis only executed the adult males,, but soon they realised that if they spared the lives of the children and women, then a generation of children would grow up with a hatred of the Nazis, and would be very powerful. ...read more.

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They had been planning this method for a while, and had already killed a lot of people with it, in 1940-41. On 20th of January 1942 a top secret meeting was called, in Wannsee. This was to work out how things were to work in the 'final solution'. The meeting included important figures, like , Hitler, Himmler, and Reinhard Heydrich. Heydrich organised all the details to do with the death camps and transportation. At this point they decided that the ghettos should be closed and al the Jews should be moved to east Poland to be executed. The discrimination of the Jews increased greatly between 1939-45. I couldn't give one main reason for the increase in action against them as I think it was a combination of lots of factors that lead to change. ...read more.

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