Jews : A Religious Group Of People Originating From Israel

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6#2 The Research Essay Draft Jews, a religious group of people originating from Israel, have lived in Europe for about 1500 years. A great number of Jews settled in Germany. For some mysterious reasons, Jews were extremely prosperous. Although they lived peacefully with their neighbors, Jews were rejected and were forced to live under restrictions such as curfews. Jews were also barred from owning land or from holding jobs that they desired and for which they qualified. Even under these constraints, Jews prospered and gained significant values as merchants throughout Europe. During the Middle Age, with the increased spread of Christianity, Jews were looked upon as “allied with Muslims” and many were killed (Shyovitz). Consequently,…show more content…
Although the Nazi’s goal during World War II was to exterminate the Jews, many Jews share their survival stories today, because one man changed the course of history and saved over one thousand innocent people. In 1933, half of a million Jews lived in Germany. The Nuremberg Laws, adopted in 1935, stripped away German citizenships from all the Jews. In the next few years, about 300,000 Jews fled Germany (“German Jews during the Holocaust”). Those who chose to stay behind or were unable to flee were forced to live under scrutiny. Strict regulations were imposed upon them. Besides having meager food rations, Jews had restricted access and limited time to purchase their food. Jews’ property, such as bicycles, radios, and appliances were confiscated, and they were not allowed to use public transportation. Eventually, the preponderance of Jews in Germany, until deportation began, lived in concentration camps. German Jews were not the only ones who were suffering in the 1930’s. In 1938, Poland cancelled citizenship of those Jews who lived outside of Poland for more than five years (Pentlin). Twelve to fifteen thousand Polish Jews, who lived in Germany at that time, were sent back to Poland only to find out that they are not accepted. When Germany invaded Poland on September 1, 1939, just in a few days, over 100,000 Jews were killed (“German Jews during the Holocaust”; Pentlin). In the next few weeks, among the 60,000 Jews who were killed, about 6,000
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