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Anti-Semitism In Germany

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To the whole world’s belief, anti-Semitism in Germany lived with Adolf Hitler’s rise to power and died with his suicide on April 30th, 1945; unfortunately, however, anti-Semitism still flows through the viscous blood of German citizens who were raised and educated under the fascist regime. The mastermind behind the manipulation of a whole country was Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda for the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP). When Hitler came to power, Germany was in the midst of a Great Depression, much worse than any other country in the time period. Thirty percent of the German population was unemployed compared to the twenty - three percent in the United States of America. Not to mention,…show more content…
Political socialization is the process where kids or young adults formulate their political stance, which is heavily influenced by what they learn from their parents and teachers. To do so, Hitler’s Minister of Education, Bernhard Rust, was presiding over the remodeling of German education. “Every subject was presented from a Nazi perspective. Textbooks were rewritten. History books emphasized Germany's military success. Jews and Communists were blamed for the Recession.” (“Changing Life in Germany”). For instance, in their biology lessons, kids would learn about how the Aryan race was genetically superior to all of the other races. Also, students were given projects to search church registries to look for Jews who had converted to other religions in order to avoid persecution. These lists created by innocent children were used to construct deportation lists for Jews to be sent to death camps (Jordans). Also, non-Jewish students were encouraged to bully their Jewish classmates. For many students, they found this amusing and would continue to bully the students to the point where students would not come to school. “While Jews who survived the Holocaust vividly recount the abuse they suffered in school and at the hands of fellow pupils, non-Jewish Germans mostly describe their school years as peaceful and fun.” (Qtd. in Jordan's). The…show more content…
The NSDAP created new versions of children's books and movies, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Snow White. These movies depicted the heroes and princesses wearing traditional Nazi uniforms or crest, while the villains were depicted as low life or homeless often carrying the Star of David. “"Every fairy tale is politically alignable without raping the poetry within," Hubert Schonger, a Nazi film producer, said in an interview in the 1930s.” (qtd. In Hall). The Ministry of Propaganda also used fairy tales to deliver political information or Hitler’s speeches from political rallies by depicting him as Puss in Boots. The producers made sure to show roaring crowds cheering “Heil Puss” and “Puss is our savior” to show how he was beloved by his constituents. There is a common saying that kids act like what they see on television and in this case that's exactly what the Nazis wanted. They wanted kids to be exactly like the heroes in the movies wearing the Nazi crest and beating up on the
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