Holocaust Sept 19

Holocaust Sept 19 - *Kaplans book how did different laws...

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9/19/11 *Kaplan’s book- how did different laws affects Jews as families/ individuals; point of view from German Jews 1. Nazi regime changed/ transformed German society - Nazi Germany 1938 different from 1933 2. In 1933, Nazi regime had no concrete plan for the extermination of Jews in Germany, let alone the rest of Europe How did the Nazis begin to exclude Jews from German society? Adolf Hitler re: The Jewish Enemy “… the personification of the devil as the symbol of all evil assumes the living shape of the Jew.”—Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf - how did one man persuade people like this? A lot of Germans didn’t necessarily agree with him. But this thinking “a symbol of all evil” begins to shape the society. 2 Concepts 1. idea of anti-Semitism being a cultural code 2. idea of there being a “Jewish question” means that anti-Semitism could be a symbol that can be interpreted in a variety of ways; a threat to religious problems, economic problems; if you believe in scientific racism and that there were forces that can dilute the strength of your nation, you can see Jews as a racial threat. Because this symbol was so easy to be manipulated, you could make many different concepts. - the Jewish question is the most pressing problem that Germany faces; what did it mean to say you are answering the Jewish question?
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Storm troopers marched around in Germany in 1920’s and 1930’s; lower middle-class men with few job prospects and little future for themselves. Found a place/ purpose in marching around in uniform. Violence they committed gave meaning to their lives. - chance to beat up Communists, Jewish bankers who you owed money to, shop owners, average Jews in the street - these people become an embarrassment to Hitler; had to be controlled. - Successful in conveying a sense of action and making Nazis look powerful, but the fact that they’d beat up Jews without reason worried the middle class Economic boycott- idea that Jews owned too much of Germany’s
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