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What happened to the German Jews in the Holocaust?
January 05, 2011 12:40AM
When the Nazis came to power in 1933, there were about 540,000 Jews in Germany in the sense of adherents of Judaism and a further 300,000 or so who came under the Nazi defintions of Jews. Many managed to flee Germany before the Holocaust, but about 165,000 perished.
The answer is so wide in scope that not all will be covered by it. This will be a brief synapsis.
In Germany there was an ideal race called the "Master Race," or Aryan's. This consisted of blonde, blue eyed, non jews. Anybody who did not fit this mold was seen to be undesireable. The Jews were seen as lessor people who got in the way of the so called Master Race's progress. This is all due to the psycopathic ideology of the Third Reich.
German Jews were at first made to wear fabric gold stars on the outside of their clothing identifying them as Jews. They were rounded up and sent to concentration camps all throughout Europe. Many if not all of these camps were "Death Camps" where conditions were not up to the minimal standards to sustain human life. Many were directly executed simply for their heritage. The largest most infamous Death Camp was Auschwitz. Over six million Jews lost their lives.
However the persecution of Jews was not contained to Germany. Jews all throughout Europe were subjected to the Holocaust. In Warsaw Poland the entire city was segregated and the Jews were walled in to a tiny area known as the Warsaw ghetto. Disease, famine, and widespread death were rampant. These horrible acts were committed by everyday citizens in some cases. People turned a blind eye to the persecution of the Jews.
This is a very brief answer as entire college majors can revolve around Holocaust Studies.
What is important is that history never forgets waht happened so that it will never happen again.
German Jews didn't enjoy any privileges for being German rather than foreign Jews. They were slaughtered along with the rest in the Holocaust.
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