Increase in Presecution of Jews by the Nazi Regime
Response as to why the Nazis persecuted the Jewish community was not
simply Hitler's hatred of the Jews but it has its roots in a much
broader grounds. German society and long lasting historical opinions
of the Jews made the Nazis attitude a relatively long-standing
Hitler's personal hatred of the Jews is widely believed to have
originated in his time in pre First World War Vienna, at this time the
city was quite cosmopolitan with a range of cultures, races and
religions present in the city. Hitler applied entry into the Academy
Of Fine Arts but was unsuccessful; historians believe that Hitler's
envy of Jews and other races or asocial's (As Hitler would later
define) being allowed entry and living prosperous lifestyles led to
his personal anti Semitic feelings.
Some more radical members of German society argued that the hostility
of the Jews and Christians, through the murder of Jesus is an
justification for maltreatment of the Jews, an argument tracing back
many centuries, however a more common approach is the envious culture
towards an almost entirely privileged and successful community, In
1933, Jews made up less than one percent of Germanys population and
yet 16 percent of lawyers and 10 percent of Doctors were Jewish.
Jews had a distinguishable, almost comical portrayal in Nazi Germany,
they were shown as having long noses with dark black hair, and this
certainly did not match the ideals of an Aryan German with blond hair.
Hitler believed that 75% of all Communists were Jews and that Jews
were Lazy, yet he also believed that the German Jews were slowly
taking over the country, a typical contradiction common in many Nazi
The implementation of these beliefs would take immediate effect when
the Nazis came to power however it would b a painfully gradual process
for the many Jews across Germany.
In April 1933 the boycott of Jewish shops and businesses is declared,
however many people are reluctant and it is soon called off, in the
same month the Law for the restoration of the civil service banned all
Jews from working in the civil service.
In September 1935, the Nuremberg Race Laws were declared stating that
no Jew could claim German citizenship, no Jew could marry or have a
sexual relationship with an Aryan and that all Jews would have to be
medically inspected before marriage.
In the summer of 1936 Berlin held the Olympic Games exhibiting to the
world how Hitler had transformed Germany back to its former glory, the
ant Semitism had...