It began with a simple boycott of Jewish stores and ended in the gas chambers in Auschwitz as Nazi Germany attempted to exterminate Europe's entire Jewish population. In January 1933, after ten years of bitter political struggle, Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. During his rise to power, Hitler repeatedly blamed the Jews for Germany's defeat in World War I and the economic difficulties that followed.
Jews at this time made up only one percent of Germany's population of 55 million people. German Jews were mostly cosmopolitan in nature and proudly considered themselves to be German by nationality and Jewish only by religion.
They had lived in Germany for centuries, fought valiantly in wars for the homeland, and prospered in many professions.
But he was gradually ousted from German society by the Nazis through an endless series of laws and decrees, culminating in the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, which stripped him of his German citizenship and intermarried with non-Jews. Refused marriage.