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In the 1930, Nazis succeeded in enforcing what Kaplan described as “social death” on German’s Jewish population (15). These were the first steps on the path to genocide of the German Jewish population. In Mein Kampf , Hitler had predicted that a general European war would result in the extermination of the Jewish population in Europe. He repeated this statement in the Reichstag speech in 1939. Gradually friends, neighbors, and employers turned away from Jews, alienating them from German social life and German empathy. The German people or “racial community” helped pave the way toward the killing of the Jewish population. The “social death” of Jews and German apathy to their increasingly horrifying predicament were prerequisites for the “final solution” the extermination of the Jewish population in Europe. When Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party seized power in1933 German Jews constituted less than one percent of the population (100). Hitler viewed Jews as a seditious force of immense power, participants in an international conspiracy that wanted to destroy Germany (100). The social death of the Jews developed gradually and relentlessly though bigoted practices, for example university allowance limits for Jews and the exclusion of Jewish ownership of German land (100). After the Nazis took power, they denied Jews all forms of state employment; for example, Jews could not work as bureaucrats, teachers, professors, postal carriers or railroad workers, which excluded the Jewish people from many areas of social life (100).
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