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The Exhibition broaches the issue of 1938, which marked a culmination in the violence and terror that had accompanied the National Socialist regime since its beginnings in 1933. With the “Anschluss” (annexation) of Austria in March 1938 and the carve-up of Czechoslovakia from that autumn, Nazi Germany began to destroy the borders established as a result of the First World War. “Operation Workshy” during the summer, the expulsion of thousands of Polish Jews in October and the state-organised violence on and around 9 November 1938 heralded a new phase in the National Socialist policy against Jews and anyone not belonging to the ”Volksgemeinschaft” (national community). The German invasion of Poland on 1 September of the following year triggered the outbreak of World War Two.

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