Escape From Nazi Germany?
Escaping from Nazi Germany as a Jew was hard to do. As discussed in class, it was hard for many Jewish people to run away from Germany. The few main reasons include the other nations not letting them into their countries, money issues, and nationalism. Nazi’s made it very difficult for Jewish people to leave Germany. The first reason is the unwillingness of other nations such as Great Britain and the United States of America. Some Jews tried to go to the U.S. on ships but were then denied to enter. They were sent back to Germany. One example of this was the St. Louis. This is one of the most known cases of a ship with 800 Jews who tried to enter Cuba and the U.S. Another reason for making escape from Nazi Germany so hard was the laws that made it so only rich Jews could pay to leave. The Nuremberg Laws made it hard for anyone to leave who did not have money. In the end even if a Jewish family did have enough money to pay for them to leave legally, where would they go to? Money was a large part of why Jewish families or individuals could not leave Nazi Germany. In addition to where they would go to as well. One more reason for Jews not to leave was not an outside force letting them in or leave but a sense of nationalism. Nationalism is an important factor to look at. Nationalism made some Jews stay in Germany. Nationalism is a powerful tool. A comparison could be made with the African Americans not leaving the Jim Crow South and during the Civil War. They choose to stay down because they felt a close connection to the land. That is why some of them even tried to join the South and fight against the North. It is interesting to see how the Jews would feel a strong connection to Germany.