Why did the status and position of Jews in Germany worsen in the Years 1933 to 1945?

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Ben Greenbank 11A                08/05/2007

Why did the status and position of Jews in Germany worsen in the Years 1933 to 1945?

In 1933 Adolf Hitler, leader of the violently anti-Semitic Nazi party, became the Führer of Germany. He then set about removing the Jews, whom he believed to be inferior to Germans, from every aspect of German life.

The situation initially worsened because the Jews were harassed by the Nazis. The boycott of Jewish shops (April 1933) and the book burning of books by Jewish authors (1933) made the Jews feel they were not wanted. Professional people such as doctors were removed from there jobs. By 1935, life was intolerable for German Jews and they were under constant threat of abuse, terror and isolation. In September 1935 the status and position of Jews in Germany took a drastic turn for the worst. This is because the Nuremburg laws were passed. This stripped Jewish people of all their rights as German citizens. The Nuremburg laws also forced Jewish men to add "Israel" to their first names and forced women to add "Sara" to their first names. This was done to make the Jewish people seem different and put them apart from the rest. Another of the Nuremburg laws was that if a Jewish woman had sex with a German man, she would be sent to a concentration camp. By doing this, the Nazis were treating Jews as animals and thus giving them no status or rights. They felt not only humiliated but isolated from society.

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After that, the Nazis started trying to make it harder for the Jews to practise their religion - by banning the 'kosher' meat that Jews eat and highly taxing equipment for their ceremonies. It got even worse for the Jews as towns and villages started putting up signs prohibiting Jews from entering. The aim of this bullying campaign was to alienate the Jews, so as to encourage them to leave. Many felt they had no choice. They felt they were clearly not wanted because there was no public outcry after they were removed as citizens and the new laws meant ...

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