Discrimination In Nazi Germany Essay

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The treatment of European Jews by Nazi Germany, during the Second World War, was appalling. They were faced with horrific circumstances and inevitable fates. They were stripped of their basic human rights without explanation or justification. Jews were dehumanised and treated as if they were a threat to Germany and if they were not disposed of, their supposedly evil and nefarious nature would lead to the destruction of Germany, itself. This is one of the worst atrocities that history has to offer; over six million Jews were exterminated, for reasons based solely on their race and indoctrinated hate. They had no choice but to endure the repugnant actions of the Nazis while the world stood by and let it happen.
The persecution of the Jews began systematically after Hitler came to power in 1933. The Nazis established many anti-Jewish laws. According to the Anti-Jewish Decrees, these laws were introduced slowly, so that the civilian population would not realise the extent of the Nazi party 's anti-Semitism. In
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The following quote suggests the extent of the distress of one victimised Jew from the movie, Schindler’s List, "They come into our house, and tell us we don 't live there anymore, it now belongs to some S.S. Officer!" Jews were ashamedly branded with tattoos, which they were forced to carry with them for the rest of their lives. It was mandatory to wear, at all times, the Star of David so that they could be easily identified; if they failed to do this, they would be instantly shot. Many Jews suffered the ultimate pain of having their family killed in front of them, and being helpless to prevent this. Jews were also no longer permitted to wear their usual attire and were forced to wear ragged, striped clothing. Their heads were shaved and at times they were even forced to line up naked in front of all the malevolent, staring eyes of the German

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