History of Anti-Semitism

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Since the spread of Christianity in Europe, anti-Semitism has always been common in the nations of Europe. While there have always been cases of anti-Semitic practices, perhaps the most widely known is the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews. By bringing up thoughts of anti-Semitism, which have long existed in the German society Hitler and the Nazi’s were able to place all of Germany’s economic and social problems, which occurred in the aftermath of World War I on the Jewish race. “The Nazis were able to use the disproportionate representation of Jews in certain sectors of the economy-the professions and the entertainment industry-to give credence to their conspiracy theory, according to which Jews controlled the German economy, society, and culture under the “Weimar system.”# Instead of taking accountability for Germany’s actions the Nazi party decided to place lay blame on a group of people who were considered to be the scapegoats in the history of Christian Europe. Hitler was able to do through acts such as the Civil service and the creation of the Nuremberg Laws. Through out history Jews were considered to be different from everyone else. Not only did the Nuremberg Laws emphasize this thought, it also took it one step further in a modern society . Stackelberg says in his text that “Nazi anti Semitism exploited popular feelings of envy, especially in the depression, and especially among the middle classes that formed their mass constituency.”# When one creates laws that take away the rights of a race or group of people, it makes it much easier for society to ignore their cries for help. Since society ignored the Jews cries for help, Nazi Germany was able to accomplish its goals. Germany always had a long history of anti-Semitism, wi... ... middle of paper ... ...ed towards the Jews.# The violence against the Jews would decline due in part of the Olympic games taking place in Berlin in 1936. “ In deference to the expected influx of foreign visitors, public visitors, public display of extreme anti-Semitic slogans was prohibited in January 1936.”#Although it was only temporary many Jews most likely felt relived of the easing up of Anti-Semitic slogans. Now even though they felt relieved many probably realized the only reason for this was the fact that the Olympic games were coming to Germany. Therefore, in closing the Nuremberg Laws brought about a discrimination and segregation not seen since the middle ages. By placing Germany’s economic and social problems on a group of people who already had a history of being outcasts from the rest of society. Hitler was able to gain power, and hold down a group of people in the process.

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