Economic damage to Jews during the Nazi era

Economic damage inflicted by the Nazis was aimed at destroying the Jewish society as a whole and the individual existence of everyone concerned. Measures were directed against all persons defined as Jews in accordance with the "Nürnberg Laws". The latter included persons of Jewish faith as well as persons with Jewish ancestors. Driving motives along with anti-Semitism and racism included instant enrichment, socio-political considerations (procurement of housing accommodation for fellow countrymen or Volksgenossen) and economic interests (company takeovers, capital links, elimination of competitors, financing the war). A large part of the population participated in the dispossession activities. Robberies went hand in hand with displacement and must be seen as a preliminary stage to the deportation and mass killing of Jews.

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