Emigration of German Jews

Emigration to save lives

As the persecution of the Jews became increasingly systematic, many of them decided to leave the German Reich. They fled to other European countries, but also overseas, Palestine and South Africa. Tens of thousands of refugees arrived in many countries: Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Poland. However, in the following years, escape was made almost impossible for the Jews. The state systematically confiscated the properties of  the Jewish population so that they often no longer had the financial means to flee.

In the first year of the National Socialist dictatorship, 37,000 Jews from the German Jewish population from a total of 500,000 fled the German Reich. In the years to come, however, the number of refuge...

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