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The Holocaust : Prejudice Against Jews And The Holocaust

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The word Holocaust means a sacrificial offering that is completely burned. The Holocaust was a state-sponsored time when Jews were murdered in a genocide by the Nazis and its leader, Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany at the time, during World War II. Hitler blamed the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I and other German problems. This included the lack of jobs, financial problems, etc.. The Germans believed that their race was more superior compared to the Jews. The Holocaust also killed many priests, disabled people, homosextuals, political opponents, and Communists.
Before the Holocaust, Jews were still facing persecution. Prejudice against Jews is called anti-semitism, and it was first supported by Christians when mistrusted Jews remained faithful to old traditions and would not convert. During the mid-1500’s, a religious reformer, Martin Luther, issued extreme violent attacks against Jews for not converting to his new religion. Jews were also not allowed on certain land and had to live in communities called ghettos. They had to pay special taxes and could not enter certain homes. It wasn’t until the 1800’s when people began to discriminate Jews. Then, in 1933, Hitler became the head of the German government, quickly becoming a dictator, and added an anti-Semitism policy to the government policy. On April 1, 1933, a nationwide boycott against Jewish stores, and later on Jews, in general was sponsored by the government and Hitler. Jews were sadly
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