The segregation forced upon German Jewry by the Nazis motivated some Jews to find consolation in the Jewish tradition and in some instances, to return to religious observance. The major component of Eastern European Jewry was traditional and Orthodox and thus struggled to observe religious precepts, sometimes even clandestinely and in contravention of prohibitions imposed by the Nazis. Questions of faith and devotion to tradition preoccupied many of the Jews. In some cases, the pressure of circumstances caused the breakdown of religious frameworks and even severely harmed individuals' religious way of life. In other cases this pressure only strengthened the belief of these frameworks and individuals.
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