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The Jews had faced discrimination long before the Holocaust began Anti-Semitism discrimination against Jews has existed since ancient times In many cities the Jews were forced to live in separate communities called ghettos They had to pay special taxes and they were not permitted to own land or to enter certain occupations Adolf Hitler the leader of the Nazi Party became head of the German government in 1933 He rapidly moved to make himself a dictator Germanys defeat in World War I 1914-1918 and a worldwide depression in the early 1930s had left the countrys economy in ruins Hitler held responsible the Jews for Germanys troubles and he made anti-Semitism a government policy On April 1 1933 Hitlers government sponsored a nationwide embargo of Jewish stores and other businesses In the next several months the government passed a number of laws that banned Jews from specific occupations Jews were excluded from civil service for example and from the fields of schooling and culture and they could no longer farm the land The Nuremberg laws of 1935 stripped Jews of citizenship Jews were banned to wed non-Jews The laws set forth definitions of who was a Jew and who was a part-Jew also known as a Mischling mixed blood For example a person who had at least three Jewish grandparents was classified as a Jew Someone with one Jewish grandparent might be classified as a Mischling In the next three years the Nazi government persistent to deny Jews of their rights and possessions Jews could not sit on park benches or swim in public pools The government apprehended Jewish businesses as well as personal belongings The prejudice was an effort to force Jews to emigrate so Germany would be free of Jews Thousands of Jews did leave the country though they were allowed to take little with them But many Jews were trapped because other countries would not admit them in large numbers The Nazi persecution
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