The Death Of The Weimar Republic

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For now, I’m going to leave the Reichstag wrapped up, and move onto Libeskind’s Jewish museum. Over history it could be argued that the Jews have been the most persecuted religion. This is of course true in Germany. In German history the Jews have being accused of poisoning wells and causing the black death, despite the Jews suffering equally from the disease! The Jews were also accused for the loss of the First World War, despite the Jews having the largest proportional of any religious group to fight in the war. The German military high command even produced a censes to show how the Jews didn’t pull their weight, however the findings showed quite the opposite, so of course it was not published. Things however started to look up for the Jews under the Weimar republic. During the Weimar Republic, many Jews played influential roles in the government, and in stabilising Germany’s economy following the war. However, after the markets crashed, once again the German’s wanted someone to blame, and once again the Jews fell victim of persecution. With the rise of Hitler things only got worse. Hitler’s anti sematic death camps eradicated most of Europe’s Jewish population. After World War II, “only 8000 Jews remained in Berlin” (Gilman, L. 2007). Over the cold war period, the Jewish community was relatively stagnant in growth.

In 1988 the Senate decided to build a new Jewish museum, exactly half a century before the Gestapo closed the original museum. 165 architects entered the
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