Discrimination Against Jews in Germany from 1933 to 1939

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Discrimination Against the Jews in Germany from 1933 to 1939 Assignment one: objective 1 =========================== Describe how Jews were discriminated against in Germany from 1933 to 1939. After gaining power, the Nazis had enormous control over every aspect of German life. The Nazis could use the police, courts, schools, newspapers and radio to put into practice their racist beliefs. Jews, who made up less than one percent of the total population in 1933, were the main target of this attack, but the Gypsies and the handi-capped were also singled out for discrimination because they were seen as a threat to the purity of the Aryan race. The Nazis blamed the Jews for Germany’s defeat in World War I, its economic problems, and for the spread of communist parties throughout Europe, despite the obvious evidence that they didn’t. In April 1933,Jews made up less than one percent of the German population, they were well known in some professions – for example sixteen percent were lawyers, seventeen percent were bankers and approximately 10,000 were doctors. Hitler began to discriminate against Jews. All non-Aryans were expelled from the civil service. A non-Aryan was defined as anyone who had Jewish parents or two or more Jewish grandparents. Son after they were recognised by their nose, lips and eyes. In this same year the government called for a one-day general boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses and passed laws excluding Jews from journalism, radio, farming, teaching, the theatre, and films. At the same time government contracts with Jewish businesses were cancelled. In 1934, Jews were dismissed from the army. They were excluded from the stock exchange, law, medicine, and business. But it was the Nuremberg Laws of 1935 that took away the citizenship of Jews born in Germany, labelling them “subhuman.” The law was for the protection of German blood and honour. These laws became the determination of the Nazi attack on Jews up to 1939. Under these laws, marriage between Jews an Aryans was forbidden and Jews were not to display the German
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