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Emigration, Nazi Policies and Jewish Initiatives

During the very first year of Nazi rule tens of thousands of Jews left Germany, most of them of their own initiative and not through any organization. The gradual exacerbating situation of German Jewry produced increasing pressure to emigrate and, as a result, the Jewish organizations offered extensive help for the emigrants. Material was gathered on possible destinations of emigration, courses were taught in various languages, and vocational training was provided in preparation for emigration. Toward the end of the 1930s, and especially from the latter half of 1938, massive Jewish emigration from Germany and Austria became an explicit objective of Nazi policy. However, rather than being emigrants who chose to leave Germany of their own volition and decide on their destination, the Jews became refugees expelled from their birth-land.

Total Sources (by media type):

Artifact Collection 5
Diaries and Letters 3
Documents 13
Lexicon Entries 10
Maps and Charts 4
Photographs 29
Research 6
Testimonies 5
Works of Art 1
Total Sources 76
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