After Germany's defeat in World War I, things became very tense in Germany. The soldiers felt betrayed, because they believed that Germany should have kept on fighting, surrendering. In addition, Germany was going to be held responsible for the war by the allied powers, which only served to make things worse. The German people decided to turn Germany into a democracy, called the Weimar Republic. Even after the change in Germany's government, people were still looking for someone to put the blame on. In the end, the Jews became a common scapegoat for Germany's loss in World War I. A single story, a stereotype, was being told about the Jews. That all of the Jews who were in Germany, no matter who they were or what they did, were responsible for Germany's humiliation in the previous war.