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Jews with 3 or 4 Jewish grandparents were considered a Jew, while those with two were regarded as Mischlinge or half-breed under the Nuremberg Laws of 1935.
In Kristallnacht or “night of broken glass” in 1938, Nazis smashed Jewish shops, stripped their German citizenship and burned Jewish holy places, killing some 11 Jews and arresting more than thousand people.
After Kristallnacht in 1938, killing of Jews became more organized. The number of Jews sent to the concentration camps increased exponentially after it.
On November 11, 1938, the “Regulation Against Jews Possession of Weapons” was enacted by Germany, that made it illegal for Jews to carry firearms or other weapons.
Life at concentration camps was hard; torture and death were common and frequent.
Concentration camps were meant to work and starve prisoners to death. Extermination camps as the name implies was for mass killing.
Prisoners taken to the extermination camp were asked to undress to take a shower but were sent into gas chambers and killed.
Auschwitz was the largest concentration and extermination camp. Estimated 1.1 million people were killed at Auschwitz.
In 1939, when Germany occupied western half of Poland, Polish Jews were driven from their homes into ghettos and their property were given to Germans.
In 1939, a program called Euthanasia began where people with mental illness or disabilities were gassed to death.