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Lesson Three: Jewish Responses to Discrimination in Nazi Germany: Nuremberg Laws and Kristallnacht

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In 1935, Germany passed the Nuremberg Laws, a series of legislative amendments that provided the legal foundation for the social exclusion and degradation of German Jews. On November 9-10, 1938, the Nazi Party organized a “spontaneous” mob attack against Jews throughout Germany and Austria. That night, thousands of attacks were made on Jews, Jewish-owned property, and synagogues; this became known as Kristallnacht. Lesson Three of the Museum of Jewish Heritage Holocaust Curriculum explores the Jewish response to this discrimination through the study of artifacts, photographs, and primary source texts.

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