German Jewish Relations : The Rise Of Nazism Essay

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Throughout the rise of Nazism in Germany from 1933 to 1939 social and political laws were being proclaimed that isolated the German race and the Jewish race. Before 1939, many ordinary Germans joined actively in measures of violence and discriminated toward the Jewish’s minority population. Marion Kaplan highlights both virtous and prejudicial elements of German-Jewish relations in Between Dignity and Despair. Kaplan talks about the Nazi’s and Germans themselves who made the abnormal seem normal through social death, as well as to those Germans who were anti-Semitic “could assure themselves that all was “legal” that the Jews deserved to be “brought down a notch” made “normal life amid the subjugation and humiliation of others not so normal after all” By rationalizing the stigma that Jew’s shouldn’t and weren’t around anymore, along with Jewish businesses being boycotted, it all became socially accepted that Jew’s weren’t welcome anymore in Germany and became a prerequisite for the “Final Solution” along with German indifference to the Jewish dilemma.
Everyday Germans may not have been open to the idea of spontaneous pogroms, like the Night of the Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht on November 9, 1939. Hitler and his Nazi party leaders supported the idea of "rational anti-Semitism”, which meant the threat from the Jews, had to be encountered not with violence on the streets but through an overarching political program. Nazi officials however were not…

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