Anti Semitism In Nazi Germany

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Anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany from the period of 1939-45 could be seen to be the most significant period in the 20th century, and perhaps human history particularly as it led to the holocaust, which saw the extermination of 5.4 million Jews and the creation of the new state of Israel in 1945. Although the Jews had experienced persecution throughout history, especially in the 14th and 15th centuries, when large numbers of Jews were persecuted in Europe, and the crusades, where mass killings of Jews transpired. However, Nazi anti-Semitism is unique because it was the widespread, systematic and industrial method used. The use of gas to kill on a large scale, and other various barbaric methods. The width of the impact of anti-semitism progressively became more significant as the era of Nazi rule advanced. On one hand, the width, can be seen to be quite limited. In 1933, Jews made up only 0.76% of the German population. Since they were such a minority group, it was easy for the Nazis to hold them accountable for the First World war, hyperinflation, and use them as scapegoats for abdication of the Kaiser in 1918. However, the width began to expandafter 1939, following operation Barbarossa, and the invasion of the USSR in 1941, adding another 3 million Jews to the total affected . Conversely, by this point, many Jews had left Germany. During the 1936 Olympic Games, 250,000 Jews emigrated to Western Europe, and others were already being forced out through mass deportations made by the general government in. However, even when Jews were a minority group, the width was still very significant, because the Nazis were targeting Jews of all social classes and ages. The initial target of these anti-Semitic views were Jews of high social class and those in professional jobs. In 1932, Jews accounted for 16.6% of Lawyers, 10.88% of doctors, and 15.05% of Brokers and Commissions agents in Germany . It was for this reason that Hitler ordered the 1933 boycott of Jewish shops, lecturers, lawyers and doctors, and made them exempt from any form of work in the civil service . However, Jews in professional jobs were not the only ones affected, as many Jews formed the working-class population of Germany at the time. As Carr States,
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