German American Immigration in the 1930s

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Throughout the 1930s, Germany went under the control of the anti-Semitic Nazi Party and its leader, Adolf Hitler. “I could see the danger, being so close to Hitler and the Nazi's in Munich. Many of my school friends, former school friends, were becoming big Nazi's.” (Lowen) Most Germans did not agree with this form of ideology and could see the danger that would come of it so, in strong opposition to the system, they left the country. The Germans who opposed to the changes or the country but didn’t leave were either, forced to leave, held in concentration camps, or put to death. The transition for Germans from Nazi Germany to America--in obligation to the fact that they were German-- was fairly easy, even with the lowering exception of…show more content…
Now, there existed, in the early years of this period, two main sides of feelings toward the new leader and his Nazi Party. "At that time he never spoke of war. He promised us that unemployment would end, and that Germany would once again take its place in the world as a state worthy of respect…” (qtd. in Century for Young People 75) On the one side, there were Germans who felt that their country needed to regain the respect and power they had lost after the first World War. They saw the changes as something good, even if they didn't agree with the methods of doing so. “We were never allowed to see anything that would tarnish Hitler or the image of his leadership. Of course, we didn't see everything as positive.” (qtd. in Century for Young People 75) The people, although were not allowed to say anything against the methods or be to critical, were able to look past the bad and appreciate the new leader, mainly because he gave them the feeling of being positive, which they treasured, and moving forward as a nation. On the other side, there was the Germans who were strongly against Hitler and his political Nazi Party. “I could see the danger, being so close to Hitler and the Nazi's in Munich.” (qtd. in German American Album 17) Many could see the danger that this new leader would bring, even though he mostly spoke of peace and prosperity for the German people. Though, as time went on, it was becoming clearly obvious the Hitler's policies were aimed at threatening

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