Explain how an action that the Nazis took against the Jewish people constituted genocide.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Regrettably, there is a long and mournful parade of Nazi actions taken against the Jewish people that can fit the criteria established for genocide.  The mere notion of classifying Jewish people as "outsiders" of German society helped this process.  The different acts that the German government passed against Jewish people represents this, such as being forced to wear the Star of David prominently or taking away social, economic, and political rights of Jewish people as a way of continuing the dehumanization of Jewish people.  The institutional organizational element of the Nazi party is also representative of actions that constitute genocide.  The establishment of labor camps, the process of "selection" at different camps, and the death camps in line with the drafting of the "Final Solution" memorandum that suggested the mass annihilation of the Jewish people was the end goal of Nazi policy and practice are all examples of how Nazi actions can be constituted as genocide.  The extermination element which ends up becoming the final end of all Nazi policies and practices represents how each individual action that the Nazis took constituted genocide in its purest form.


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