J – Juden

Juden (Pronounced yoo-den), is the German word for “Jews.” During WWII, the Jewish population suffered from heavy casualties due to extreme prejudice from the Nazis.

Before World War Two, the Jewish people lived an average and fair life. Their population occupied every country in Europe. Most of the Jewish communities resided in Poland, Hungary, and Romania. The towns they lived in were mostly composed of Jewish people. These towns were called “shtelts” (Yiddish word for town). These towns were usually small with a large population. But, after the German Nazis came to power in 1933, everything changed.

"The Jew. War agitator. War prolonger."

When the Nazis first came to power, the Jewish people started getting pushed around. On April 1st of 1933, any store under Jewish management in Germany was boycotted. It is around this time that anti-Jewish propaganda sprouted around the same nation. This stunned the Jewish community, but they believed that this was as far as anyone could go in the twentieth century in terms of oppressing an entire religion or race.

In September of 1935, the Jewish people were labeled as second class citizens. This means that they lost basic human rights and were now legally allowed to be treated lesser than other citizens of Germany. The official name of the movement that put these laws into place was the Nuremberg Laws. They prevented Jews from any type of sexual relations with German and blood-related citizens. After this was put into place, things took a turn for the worse for the Jewish people. It was after these laws that the Jewish people were painted as targets for the Nazis and followers of Hitler. Propaganda was spread throughout the streets, hateful speeches echoed in the heads of citizens, and Jews were emigrating from fear for their lives. This was the downfall of the Jews that lead to six million of their kind to be killed mercilessly with their faith distorted and torn from their hearts.