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Anti Semitism In Canada And Europe During World War 2

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Anti-SemitismAnti-Semitism has been a part of our world in one way or another, whether you are a Jew yourself and have felt the stings of it, if you follow its doctrine or if you are one of the millions of people who feel deeply disturbed by its very perseverance. The term derives from the word anti; meaning against and the word Semite; meaning a member of any of the peoples supposed to be descended from Shem, Noah's son. These Semites include Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, and Phoenicians. Although there are many different Semites, the term anti-Semitism is focused on the Jews. The Jews are the main targets of aggression for many of the fascist groups in the world. Some of those groups include the Nazi party of Germany a group who relentlessly killed millions of Jews for the sake of the 'master race'. The Jews had many hardships during the 1930's and 1940's because of the strong foundation of hatred the anti-Semites follow, secondly, the rise of anti-Semitism in Canada, and finally, the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe.Anti-Semitism, at its deepest roots, can be traced back to the earliest days of Jewish history. Over the centuries, anti-Semites have devised a whole succession of ideas to rationalize their hatred towards the Jews. The most basic of these ideas are: the Jewish religion has taught the Jews that they are "God's Chosen People". As a result, Jews are said to look down upon everyone, and look upon themselves as superior. The Jews perform abnormal, dangerous, and even murderous religious conventions. The Jews are an odious congregation, doomed to eternal anguish because their ancestors crucified Jesus Christ. The Jews are clannish. They stick together and care little about others. The Jews are not to be trusted with money matters because they are too sharp in their business deals. The Jews are rich and greedy and want to dominate the world. They are not to be trusted politically. They are more loyal to themselves and their homeland, Israel than to the citizens of the country in which they live.These concepts are very harsh and hurtful towards the Jews and are often repeated and make anti-Semitism work. It is interesting to note that all of these ideas were set in the time around the middle ages and the anti-Semites of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's still followed these concepts. Thankfully, not everyone in the world shares these views.Everyone believed that Canada was the promised land for immigrants; a place where they can all escape to be safe from all of the horrors in Europe during the 1930's and early 1940's. In some respects, they were sadly mistaken. Immigrants in Canada were harshly mistreated, especially the Jews. They were ostracized and verbally abused. The earliest recorded incident of Canadian anti-Semitism occurred in 1808. It happened to a man named Ezekiel Hart, a member of the Canadian Legislature. He was kicked out of office because he was not of pure Christian faith; he was a Jew . The head of this Anti-Semitic onslaught was...

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