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Persecution of Jews

Point four of the Nazis’ program made it clear: “Only those who are fellow Germans can be citizens. Only those who are of German blood can be fellow Germans, irrespective of their religion. Hence no Jew can be a fellow German.” When the anti-Judaist Hitler came to power, international Jewish organizations reacted swiftly with calls for the boycotting of Germany and by spreading false rumors about persecutorial acts in Germany. The Third Reich retaliated with a call to boycott Jewish retailers in Germany. What ensued in subsequent years was an ever increasing escalation of mutual threats of persecution and annihilation. Yet, since only the Nazis, in contrast to the Jewish organizations, had real power, they implemented their plans step by step...

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