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with implementing Nazi policies within the ghetto. A Jewish Police force was also formed to
enforce such policies. Individuals who served in either capacity did so under tremendous duress,
often for the sake of obtaining a larger food ration and a chance of surviving one more day.
The “Final Solution”
The Nazis’ decision to systematically murder the Jewish people cannot be linked to a speciﬁc
date or order. The genocide of the Jews was implemented in incremental stages and was a
culmination of Nazi laws over a decade, from 1933 - 1945.
Under the leadership of Adolf Hitler,
the Nazis instituted state-enforced racism resulting in anti-Jewish legislation, boycotts of Jewish
owned businesses and the Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) pogroms, all of which aimed
to systematically isolate the Jews from German society and drive them out of Germany.
Following the occupation of Poland and the start of World War II, the Nazi policy to encourage
emigration, expropriate Jewish property, and eventually consolidate populations into ghettos in
the General government (a territory in central and eastern Poland in which the Germans
established a civilian government) e...
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