Holocaust Essay

2112 Words Dec 16th, 2014 9 Pages
Holocaust Midterm
Dana Bob
Mercy College

1. Explain the origins and development of modern anti-Semitism
Throughout history the Jewish community has been subject to a violent history which can be traced as far back as their expulsion from Carthage in 250 C.E. For centuries, Jews have endured slavery, land confiscations, massacres, pogroms, blood baths, mass arrests, public torture, banishments, inquisition, slaughter, mass murders and finally, the Holocaust in the 20th century (Grossman, 2014). The Holocaust by far has been the most odious experience that the Jewish community has endured and yet there are many who deny it even took place. The rise of anti-Semitism in early 20th century Germany surely did not begin with Adolf
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2. Explain the developments of the Nuremberg Laws and German anti-Jewish policies from 1933-39
The beginnings of the Nuremberg Laws and German anti-Jewish policies can be attributed to the creation of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (known in Germany as Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated as NSDAP, also known as the “Nazi” party), which was founded by Adolf Hitler. In 1933, Hitler became the Chancellor of Germany after divisions between the socialist and communist parties made the Nazi party the single largest party (Jones, 2011). Within months after Hitler becoming chancellor, the political parties and trade unions were deemed illegal and the steep demise of democracy began. Shortly thereafter, the Nazi party effectively neutralized the any political opposition and began to rapidly increase the persecution of the Jews as well as many other minorities seen as second class citizen, however, the Jews were seen as most inferior of any of the races. The Jews began so see their businesses actively boycotted, and expulsion of Jewish doctors, lawyers, and teachers from being able to practice or work. The Nuremburg Laws of 1935 established two main objectives of the Nazi party. First, it stripped Jews of their citizenship and the ability to hold political office. Second, it

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