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What laws did the nazis pass against the jews and what affect did these laws have?

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Craig Holburd 93 History Assessment Why did the Nazis pass laws against the Jews and what affect did these laws have? Between 1933 and 1935 when the Nazis came to power, a series of laws were made which restricted the daily lives of Jewish people. In this assessment I am going to discuss the reasons the laws were created and what affect they had on Jews living in Germany at that time. Before 1933 Jews were living happy lives since they had come to Europe over 2000 years ago. Most Jewish people lived in big families and inhabited in small towns in Eastern Europe. As most families were quite poor they only lived in small houses called shtetls. They had strong beliefs about their religion and life and they believed education was very important. Most Jews spoke Yiddish as their first language along with Hebrew. Their happy lives completely changed in 1933 when laws were changed by the Nazis. Nearly every single Jew was affected by the law changes. The Nazis defined a "full Jew" as a person with three Jewish grandparents. The law changes probably had one of the biggest affects on children. ...read more.

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This also meant that some Jews had to leave their jobs. The Nazis made this rule to prevent Jews from socialising with non-Jews and so they couldn't mix. The Nazis wanted to get rid of them so it would be an all-German society (Aryan Race). From 1935 the Germans also took away the Jews rights. This meant they had no longer the right to vote or the right to have freedom of speech. The law was made because they didn't want Jews to have a say in what went on in politics, and they felt that the views of Jewish people were worthless. Most of the laws made by the Germans involved splitting 'blood' Germans and Jews up. Germany wanted to wipe out all contact between German and Jewish people. This was the first part of the plan to drive all of the Jews out of the country. This meant Jewish people were restricted to going in certain areas of land. They no longer had the right to go anywhere they wanted as it would have been counted as trespassing. In 1935 a law was introduced which made it against the law for Jews and German blood citizens to get married. ...read more.

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They were just being pushed aside by the Nazis and there was nothing they could do about it because they were defenceless. If they tried to fight back then they would have been killed. They just had to sit back and let their religion be discriminated. In my view, all of the law changes were cruel and unfair and I don't agree with any of them. I also believe that the actions Nazi soldiers did towards the Jewish people was inexcusable. I think that the worst law created was that from 1933, Jews not wanted signs were put up through out Germany and that all Jewish names were scratched off war memorials. I think this is the cruellest because having your name scratched off a war memorial would be very insulting and upsetting especially if you had fought for your country. However the Nazis did have reasons why they created the laws. They created them because they wanted to rid every Jew out of Europe by any means possible. They believed that Jewish people did not belong there and that they should have no right to stay there. They thought that if they made Jewish people look bad, then future generations would believe that Jewish people were actually bad people. ...read more.

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