The Defeat Of Germany During World War II Essay

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During the 1930’s the worldwide economic depression had hit the country hard, leaving millions without work. The defeat of Germany in World War I caused Germans to lack confidence in their government known as the Weimar Republic, leading to the rise of the Nazi Party in 1932 and Hitlers rise to power in 1933. As the Nazi gained their power, they created anti-Jewish policies that functioned on the level of expelling Jews from society and taking away their property and rights and engaging in acts of abuse, violence, and terror against Jews. Their main goal was to drive the Jews out of Germany. After Hitler took power in 1933, organized attacks against the Jews broke out all across Germany. Concentration camps came into existence a few weeks after Hitler came into power such as the Dachau concentration camp. Boycott’s took place whereby SA members would stand outside Jewish businesses to prevent customers from entering. In 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were passed which took away citizenship rights from Jews and prohibited them from marrying non-Jews. They were banned from theaters, swimming pools, universities, rejected from publishers, taking away all the freedoms they once had. It was not only the Nazi’s, however, that strived to push out the Jews, but neighbors and local residents were also part of the act, willing and ready to turn Jews over to the Nazi, and join the beatings and killings. Jews responded to these persecutions by uniting together through organized methods, such

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