The Formation Of Ghettos And The Concentration Of The Jewish Population

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During WWII, the formation of ghettos marked a central step in the Nazi 's systematic process of control, dehumanisation, and mass murder of the Jewish population. The ghettoisation of European Jewry was plainly an extension of the Nazis already established anti-Semitic regime that would ultimately lead to one of the worst cases of genocide in modern history - the murder of 6 million Jews. Ghettos were city districts (primarily enclosed) in which the Germans concentrated the municipal and sometimes regional Jewish population and forced them to live in extremely squalid conditions. Ghettos were designed to confine and segregate Jewish communities; separating them both from the non-Jewish population as well as from other Jewish people. The Germans established at least 1,000 of these ghettos throughout German-occupied and annexed Poland and the Soviet Union alone during the war.

Anti-semitism was a central component of Nazi ideology; whereby the Jews were used as a scapegoat for the various political, social, economic, and ethical issues that faced Germany at the time. The extremity of this was foreshadowed as early as 1920, when they published their 25 point party program in which Nazi party members publicly announced their intention to segregate Jews from “Aryan” society as well as to abolish Jews ' political, legal, and civil rights. The persecution of the Jews began systematically almost as soon as Hitler came to power, taking form in anti-Jewish boycotts, anti-Jewish…

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