Journal Entry Jewish Americans

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Jewish Americans

The history of the Jewish Americans is one that is plagued with persecution. Throughout history Jews have migrated to the United States because their native countries began to persecute them for their religious beliefs. It was approximately 1654 when the first Jews set foot in America, but it wasn’t until World War II that the Jewish communities in the Unites States began to grow and flourish. During World War II, Nazi Germany leader, Adolf Hitler, set out to eliminate the Jewish community in his quest to perfect and purify the human race. In Hitler’s speech on January 30, 1939, he said “Today I want to be a prophet once more: If international finance Jewry inside and outside of Europe should succeed once more in plunging nations into another world war, the consequence will not be the Bolshevization of the earth and thereby the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe” (Skeptic Magazine, 1991-2009). Jews were rounded up and exterminated in large groups inside Hitler’s concentration camps. A trip to a concentration camp was a certain death sentence. Jews began to flee from the Nazi ruled Germany in fear for their lives and rightfully so. Their journeys to reach America were difficult, and while very few made it safely, many others did not.

Leaving Germany is going to be hard. I’ve never known any other life than the one I’ve lived here. Germany is my home, and I wish we didn’t have to leave. I can hear the soldiers of Hitler’s army outside patrolling the area, every time the footsteps get close, I hold my breathe and pause for a moment only breathing again as I hear the steps continue on their way. Day in and day out they are constantly searching for us and for others like us. I never thought being Jewish was such a terrible thing, but now that we are being persecuted because of it, I wonder what it would be like not to be Jewish. Can I renounce my faith, the...