One way in which the position of the Jews changed in the years 1933-39 was that they were victims of anti-semitic feeling in public, ever since the rise of the Nazis to power, as the source states ‘the SA organised a boycott of Jewish shops’. The Nazis believed that Jews, as well as Communists were to blame for the failures in the First World War, and their use of propaganda spread these anti-semitic feelings through society. This anti-semitic feeling is seen in the way that the ‘SA organised a boycott of Jewish shops’, and that ‘local councils had banned Jews from public places’, showing how anti-semitic feeling starting to become political.
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This links to how anti-semitism became even more political and structured, on a national scale, through the founding of the Nuremberg laws, as the source states ‘Jews were denied citizenship through the Nuremberg laws’. This, in conjunction with the fact that Jews were now also disallowed to marry Aryan people, shows the Nazis efforts to exclude the Jews, and to create a racially pure Germany. It can also be argued that this also heightened anti-semitic feeling among people in Germany, and anti-semitic behavior became more commonplace. This shows how the position of the Jews changed in the sense that they were now excluded from society by law, rather than just informal behaviour, as previously.
This links to how anti-semitic feeling on a national scale developed even further, in the events of Kristallnacht, as the source states ‘The Nazi campaign against Jews was stepped up again during and after Kristallnacht’. The events of Kristallnacht were triggered due to a German official being killed by a Jewish boy in Paris, but it is also probable that Josef Goebbels persuaded Hitler to set up the events of Kristallnacht, to win favour with him. It is estimated that over 200 synagogues were burned down and that 800 shops were destroyed, showing the level of anti-semitic feeling in Germany reaching its peak. This shows how the position of Jews changed in that they began to be physically persecuted in society.
Overall, the position of Jews changed in that they were initially victims of informal anti-semitic behaviour due to the rise of the Nazis, linking to how this anti-semitic feeling heightened to the point where it became law, in the Nuremberg laws, linking to how the Jews’ position changed in that anti-semitic feeling heightened even more do the point where it became violent persecution.