A Brief History The Jews are people who have a

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A Brief History The Jews are people who have a different cultural identity originally based on their relationship with God, or known as the covenant. Jews are one of the oldest people known to history who have migrated in all parts of the world. They have had an impact on many civilizations with their Jewish religion, Judaism and Christianity. The Jews are people with a multitude of dilemmas. From the beginning of civilization in Israel until today, prejudice towards the Jews has been greatly evident. The Jewish race has acted as a scapegoat for many crises throughout history. Events such as the Holocaust had a dramatic effect on world history. Holocaust refers to any widespread human disaster, but as the term Holocaust, it means the almost complete extermination of European Jews, Romany people, Slavs, and even homosexuals by the Nazi Germany and allies. When the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, they immediately began to overrule against all the Jews.

The Nazi Party, government agencies, banks, and even business enterprises all turned against the Jews to eliminate them from economic life, and from German life in general. When World War II began in 1939, the German army took over the western half of Poland where they gathered almost 2 million more Jews under Germany's control. Jews were no longer citizens, could not attend public schools, engage in practically any business or profession, own any land, associate with any non-Jew or visit public places such as parks and museums. The victories of the German armies in the early years of World War II brought the majority of European Jewry under the Nazis. The Jews were deprived of human rights. The Jewish people were forced to live in Ghetto's which were separated from the main city. Hitler's plan of genocide was carried out with efficiency. Polish Jews were forced to move into ghettos surrounded by walls and barbed wire. Unemployment, malnutrition, and poverty were widespread amongst the Jews. Soon, the housing was overcrowded and diseases were common. Jews in Germany were then forced to wear a yellow star to indicate if you were a Jew or not. The Nazis then deported tens of thousands to ghettos in Poland and to occupied Soviet cities. Death camps, or concentration camps, equipped with gas chambers were built all over in Europe. People were deported from the ghettos to the concentration camps. Families were torn apart as the men, women, and children were separated. Auschwitz, near Kraków, was the largest concentration camp, with inmates from all over Europe. Many Jewish and non-Jewish inmates had to do hard industrial labor. Women and children were stripped naked and forced to gas chambers. The Nazis subjected some prisoners to medical experiments and gassed Jews and Roma (Gypsies). They also shot thousands of inmates, while others died from starvation or disease. Large crematories were constructed to incinerate bodies. By the end of the war in 1945, millions of Jews, Roma, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Communists, and others targeted by the Nazis had been killed or had died in the Holocaust. These horrific events of the holocaust have let to some consequences which are beneficial and some are unfortunate to the Jewish people. The population of the followers has greatly declined. Also the Jewish people after the war still had problems finding jobs. They had to essentially start there life over. Most of them lost a close relative or at least knew someone who died in the gas chambers of the Nazi concentration camps. The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles opened in 1993 to commemorate the Holocaust.