Despite facing antisemitism in the 1920s and 1930s, European Jews, especially those in Germany, lived well as integral members of society. However, that all changed when a fringe political movement rose to power.
The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi Party) and their leader, Adolf Hitler, vowed to annihilate all Jews, whom they viewed as “parasites”. By the end of World War II, some six million Jews and five million others had been murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their supporters.
The effects of the atrocities of the Holocaust are still felt today by Jews around the world, and Jewish communities have worked tirelessly to educate the world about these horrors so that they never happen again.