War and the Worsening Situation of Jews

Marion A. Kaplan

in Between Dignity and Despair

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780195130928
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854486 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Jewish History

War and the Worsening Situation of Jews

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The outbreak of World War Two caused the Nazi government to intensify their persecution of the Jews. The chapter first discusses the persecutions and trials endured by the Jews in the months leading up to the war. Upon the outbreak of war, Jewish properties were confiscated, people were sent to labor and concentration camps, and even emigration was prohibited. When curfews and food rationing were implemented, the Jews suffered even more and they lived in daily fear of the mini-pogroms conducted by the Gestapo. Government propaganda blamed the Jews for the war and the German population became even more hardened towards them. The chapter also relates how the Jewish people tried yet again to cope with their desperate circumstances. The final section reconstructs the story of an elderly Jewish couple and their experiences throughout the war.

Keywords: World War Two; Jews; curfew; Gestapo; German population; concentration camps

Chapter.  11616 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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