It started in the fall of 1932, Evans explains; Jewish businesses were bombed, Jewish synagogues and other Jewish places were destroyed. In the weeks after Hitler's appointment as Reich Chancellor "…stormtroopers broke into synagogues and desecrated the religious furniture, smashed the windows of Jewish shops, and subjected Jews to random acts of humiliation," like forcing them to drink castor oil and shaving their beards forcibly in public, Evans goes on.
The Jewish judges and lawyers were not spared from this violence. All over Germany, the Nazi stormtroopers "burst into courthouses… dragged Jewish judges and lawyers out of the proceedings and beat them up…" (Evans). It is hard to imagine the horror that participants must...
Of all the outrageously violent and terrifying events in Nazi Germany -- outside of the death camps -- that certainly was among the most egregious.
The way in which Hitler went from an unknown, complaining veteran of Germany's involvement in WWI to the dictator that the whole world feared is a fascinating slice of world political history. But there was nothing fascinating about the death camps and the horrendously inhumane way that Hitler ruled Germany. If society doesn't learn from a study of Nazi Germany in WWII, it may be doomed to repeat those hideously violent events.
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