Targeting Jews for Genocide Essay

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Targeting Jews for Genocide When discussing The Holocaust, our minds tend to jump straight to the genocide of the Jewish populations of Europe. This is because of the approximate 11 million people killed during The Holocaust; roughly 6 million of them were Jews. Many people are now left to wonder why Hitler and the Nazi Party specifically targeted the Jews for genocide. The main reason was because the Nazi Party took the idea of nationalism to an extreme, new level. Hitler also thought the Jews were responsible for Germany losing World War 1. Hitler may have been influenced during his childhood on the ideas of anti-Semitism. According to A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust, the opposition and discrimination of Jews is known as…show more content…
This gave him a reason to get rid of the Jews to bring his idea of a German only Germany to life. I think that this was simply disguised Hitler’s plan to gain support from the mass of the German population. It is also said that since Hitler grew up in Vienna, the capital of Austria, a place where anti-Semitism is nothing out of the sorts, and also a place where the mayor is known for his extreme nationalism, these ideas may have rubbed off on him (“Why did Hitler hate Jews?” 3) The approximate number of Jews killed in the Holocaust is over 5,860,000 (“36 Questions and Answers about the Holocaust”2). 3,000,000 of these Jews came from Poland and around 1,100,000 came from the Soviet Union. Over 90 percent of the Polish Jewish population was killed during the Holocaust (“36 Questions and Answers about the Holocaust” 5). A problem for the extinction of Jews was how to define what made someone a Jew. The Nuremburg Laws cleared up any confusion on who was and who wasn’t a Jew. On November 14, 1935, the term “Jewish” was defined by the Nazi’s as “Anyone with three Jewish grandparents; someone with two Jewish grandparents who belonged to the Jewish community on September 15, 1935, or joined thereafter; was married to a Jew or Jewess on September 15, 1935, or married one thereafter; was the offspring of a marriage or extramarital liaison with a Jew on or after September 15, 1935.” (“36

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