Lesson Plans by Richard Cleggett, Matt Campbell, and John Gillis
The Holocaust was a 20th century genocide of staggering proportions. Over the course of twelve years, the Nazi Party brutally and systematically killed nearly six million Jews and five million other victims. It remains a profoundly tragic chapter of world history. It also remains an important part of history for students to study in order to better understand World War 2 and even current events.
The History of the Holocaust - Jewish Holocaust Nazi Germany
Difficult Emigration Bureaucracy
To exit the country you must have a valid entrance visa from another country.Emigrants may only take 2,000 RM out of the nation.
German politics will eventually improve...
Nazis gain power.
Hard to Find Safe Havens
On top of a passport and certification from police and tax offices, potential emigrants had to have an entrance visa from another nation. They could also only take a very limited sum of money.
Many Jews felt that they could deal with the persecution of the Nazis until the German government regained stability.
Finding a a nation that would take in emigrants in the 1930s was impossible. At the Evian conference in 1938, most nations, including the USA and Great Britain, refused to take in more refugees.
I want out of Nazi Germany, but where can I go?
We just don't have the money to leave the country. The exit tax is too high!
Why didn't the Jews leave Nazi Germany?
We are Germans first... and Jews second.
After 1937, Jews needed to pay a 25% tax on all of their assets and a 25% capital transfer tax. This was an impossibility for most families.
German Jews were just as proud of their nation as non-German Jews. Ten thousand German Jews died fighting for their nation in WWI.
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