Boycott of Jewish businesses

By: Caroline Inzone and Sydney Ferris

The start of the discrimination of Jews

In 1933 the German Jews were just as apart as the society as any other Germans, they spoke the German language, and thought of Germany as their home.Once the Nazis gained control the Jews lives would change for the worst. On April 1, 1933 the Nazis enforced the first nation wide plan against the German Jews. Their plan was to boycott all Jewish products and businesses. On that day storm troopers stood outside Jewish shops and painted the "Star of David" on thousands of doors, so that people would know not to buy things from them. To the Nazis dismay , the boycott only lasted a day, but it symbolized the beginning of the discrimination of the German Jews. After this the government passed a law prohibiting any Jews working in the civil service, including teachers, and government workers were fired.

"Kristallnacht"- Night of Broken Glass

On November 9, 1938 an unplanned riot broke out against the Jews. The Germans anger was thought to be provoked that night from the assassination of a German official in Paris by a Jewish teenager. The Nazis and Goebbels organized these pogroms. in just two days seven thousand Jewish people were murdered, thousands of synagogues were burned and many schools homes and businesses were burned. That night shattered glass littered all the streets which is why that night is know as "night of broken glass" .The next morning 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to concentration camps for nothing more than that they were Jewish. woman and children were left homeless and Jewish kids were not allowed in any public facility including schools.

The Lasting Effects

These events led to the killing of thousands of innocent Jews in concentration camps. many people were separated from their families and their lives were changed drastically. This was only the beginning of the horrific massacre of over 6 million Jews, known as the Holocaust.


"The "Night of Broken Glass"" United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, n.d. Web. 10 Nov