Background & Historical Context

collageThe Jewish people have had a long historical presence in Europe, dating back over 2,000 years. Over this period, they were subjected to discrimination, limited rights, confined to designated neighbourhoods, and subjected to violent attacks. They were the outsiders, who did not fit in to the established social order and who refused to follow the religious observances of the majority of the population. At various times and places, this led to hostility, distrust and even jealousy, sometimes culminating in very dangerous situations that forced Jewish communities to be displaced. This section provides an introduction to some of the problems and hardships faced by the Jews of Europe, long before the rise of the Nazis in Germany.

 

This topic has been divided into the following categories, in order to provide more detailed information about each of these important aspects of this subject.Please select any of the topics below in order to continue your research:

 Historical European Anti-Semitism

Examples of Anti-Semitic Myths & Events

Emancipation of the Jews of Europe

Timeline of the Holocaust

General information about the Holocaust

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