How did the Nazis dehumanize the Jews as part of their genocide?

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The Nazis committed atrocities against humanity, which led to the extermination of six million Jews during World War II in Europe. In the beginning of the Nazi occupation in Europe, Jews were stripped of their rights as people in several ways. They were made to wear a yellow Star of David on their person at all times so they were immediately recognized as Jews. If a Jew refused to wear the Star, they were arrested. They were forced to leave their homes and live segregated from the rest of the population in ghettos. If they owned property or a business, it was taken away by the Reich. Institutions such as schools were segregated; Jews were forced to attend their own schools. Because they wore the Star, they were easily spotted and at times beaten up or made fun of for being Jewish. Once the Nazis took over, Jews were not allowed to worship and synagogues were closed down, and in many instances vandalized and burned to the ground. This dehumanization of the Jewish people grew worse over time and eventually many Jews were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Many were put to death there.