Antisemitism And The Holocaust

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What is antisemitism? It is the hatred of Jewish people. Anti-semitism has not just been around for the last one hundred years; it has been around since the medieval times. Many laws were passed to isolate and persecute Jews in the medieval period (The Holocaust Explained). Jewish people were seen as a threat to Christians. The laws passed did not allow Jews to own land (The Holocaust Explained). Because of being prohibited from owning land, they could not become farmers. Also, another law passed was that Jews were banned from joining the Christian trade (The Holocaust Explained). Jews could not have a trade. The Jewish people had to find other ways to make a living. Rulers had often used Jews as tax collectors (The Holocaust Explained). …show more content…
The Holocaust is a Greek word that means sacrificed by fire (USF). The Holocaust was an attempt of a genocide. A genocide is committing violent acts against certain groups and races with the intent to destroy the existence of the group (Holocaust Encyclopedia). After Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party took over Germany, life was never the same. Their anti-semitic beliefs became forced upon the people of Germany. Violence against the Jews and political opponents became normal. Hitler wanted to commit a genocide against Jews, which was almost a success, as it resulted in millions of deaths. It is very disturbing that millions of innocent people were murdered and that it was able to happen. How was the Holocaust possible? The Holocaust was possible because of the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, the usage of the concentration camps and death camps for the Jews, and the propaganda used to enforce …show more content…
Hitler´s speeches drew large crowds of angry people who wanted change. Hitler was such a good speaker, so it only seemed obvious that he wanted the best for Germany. He spoke with rough notes and passion, and his speeches usually lasted two hours (Weber, 38). He said what people wanted to hear. In the early 1930s, the Great Depression had hit the whole world. The Great Depression really affected Germany. People were living in poverty and were up to any solution that could work (A History Place). Hitler had found his chance to become Chancellor. He and his Nazis began campaigning. Hitler traveled all through Germany giving speeches, attending meetings, shaking hands, signing autographs, having pictures taken of him, and also kissing babies to gain support (The History Place). Hitler had become the Chancellor of Germany, and the Jews were doomed. Getting rid of the Jews started immediately (Shuter, Life and Death in Hitler's Europe,

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