Nazis Enforcing the Boycotting of the Jewish
The documents that we read for this week were certainly eye-opening and definitely disgusting as to even fathom how Jews were treated and not thought of as humans. The documents started off of course with anti-Semitism and the protection of German blood, which of course the Jewish were not considered as. What first struck me was the document about the boycott of Jewish businesses, although it doesn’t seem as radical as all else that was done to the Jews, not even in retrospect to all the atrocities. But this was one factor that made the Jewish to be cut off from society, that they were so disrespected that the Nazis did not even consider them good enough to have jobs or anything that could benefit them in any way. This document goes as far as saying that although the Nazis definitely do not wants Jews to be benefitted economically, any German who buys anything from a Jew, has a Jewish doctor or lawyer, etc. will be a traitor against the German people and their nation (Spielvogel 409). Although this was one step in the direction towards the further steps of what the Nazis would do to the Jews in the future, this to me was almost childish behavior especially because these boycotts were acts of revenge against “atrocity stories” that Germans and foreign Jews were circulating internationally to try and assist the ruining of the Nazi reputation (“Boycott of Jewish Businesses”). The Nazis were angry that the Jewish were, theoretically, more economically stable, intelligent and successful, so of course the Nazis wanted to attempt to cut off the one source that made the Jews superior over the Nazis. Reading through the documents for this week, and thinking over what else we have learned the rest of the semester, the time frame of all these events made me realize how fast this all took place and how disgustingly remarkable the Nazis were able to introduce all their ideologies into everyday life. Reading these events makes it seem as if everything spiraled so fast, but living it definitely was a different story and reading that the Jewish were denied of their livelihood because Nazis did not feel they deserved it was heartbreaking, nonetheless all else that the Nazis did to destroy their lives and eventually mass murder.
“Boycott of Jewish Businesses.” United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. August 18, 2015. Accessed November 4, 2015. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005678.
Sax, Benjamin and Dieter Kuntz. Inside Hitler’s Germany. Lexington: D.C. Heath and Company (1992), 409.
“1933 Nazi Boycott of Jewish Businesses.” dailymotion. Created in 1933. http://dai.ly/x2qq21r.