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How did the Nazi Party strip Jews of their rights during World War II?

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The process of removing the rights of Jewish people was not something that was instantaneous.  It took time.  Over a period of five to seven years, Hitler and the Nazis were able to strip away much of the political, civil, and economic rights of the "non- Aryans."  The specific targeting of Jewish individuals was one of many groups the Nazis were able to isolate and reduce to being a marginal voice, at best.  This process consisted of making laws that required detailed paperwork to simply live in Germany at the time, the forbidding of Jewish ownership of businesses, the lack of voting rights and political representation, and the suspension of driving licenses and automobile registrations.  Actions such as these helped to make the rights of Jewish people disappear over time under the rule of Hitler.

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In Nazi Germany before World War II started, the Nazi Party did a variety of things that were meant to take rights away from Jewish citizens.  These actions ultimately led to the extermination camps that the Nazis made during the war.

Of course, you will not want to take this and submit it as your half page essay.  You will need to rewrite this so that it sounds like something you are capable of writing.

Basically, the Nazis took small rights away from the Jews first.  They banned them from being doctors and lawyers, for example.  And they forced them to wear these Stars of David to show that they were Jews.  They forbade Jews and non-Jews from intermarrying.  There were lots of other small things like that.

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Well, I can't write your half page essay for you, but let me give you some talking points to get organized around.

Discrimination against the Jews began almost as soon as Hitler came to power in 1933. 

1) Jews were encouraged to leave the country, and thousands did. 

2) Starting in 1935 the Race and Resettlement Laws were passed that kicked Jews out of public schools, certain professions like teaching and medicine, and forbid Jews and non-Jews to get married, date or have sexual relations.

3) In 1938 an assassination of a lowly German official by a Jew sparked government sponsored riots across Germany that killed dozens of Jews and led to the arrests of 2000 more.  After this Kristallnacht, or "Night of the Broken Glass", discrimination against Jews accelerated. 

4) They were segregated into ghettos, starved, forced into labor

5) Jews were deported to concentration camps, where most of them were murdered.

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