History 102, section 018
4 April 2014
A New form of Anti-Semitism
Adolf Hitlers’ Mein Kampf published July 18, 1925 outlined Hitler’s plan to reform Germany based on one true race. During this time period; shortly after World War One, Germany was on the bridge of economic, political, and social shambles. In 1919 the signing of the Treaty of Versailles threw Germany even closer to self destruction. The Treaty proposed new sanctions and relinquished territories from Germany, while in essence burdening the cost of the war on Germany. During this time of hardship the German people looked for a hero and a savior, who appeared in the image of Adolf Hitler bringing with him new ideas and a plan to return Germany to its hight in power. Based on the passage “A New form of Anti-Semitism” Hitler used the platform of anti-semitism to tighten his grip on an already weakened Germany referencing all that was wrong with the Jewish race and demeaning their purpose for existing. This one novella resulted in the rise of a new political party who tightened its grip on Germany and led to horrors in another World War that had never been seen before.
Adolf Hitler, was born on April 20th, 1889 in Bronau am Inn, Austria Hungary (a town that borders Bavaria). Hitler was the fourth child out of six to parents Klara Plötzl and Albis Hitler, who both spoke with a distinct Bavarian accent, the one Hitler was so famously accredited for. The loss of Hitlers younger brother Edmund on the 2nd of February 1900 from the measles changed Hitler in a way never imagined. His teachers told stories about the change of a strong willed and confident young boy who changed into a detached, unfazed, and melodramatic man. Shortly after hitlers dismissal from Volksshule (government run school) Hitlers parents sent him to a secondary School, referred to as the “Realschule.” During this transition from school to school the region in which Hitler was living; Vienna, started to acquire its own political, economic, and religious ideologies. Children would casually great each other by singing the German national anthem; instead of the Austrian Hungary anthem, and used the phrase “heil” as an accepted greeting. The locals in Vienna feared that the eastern immigrants (the Jews) would start to out number the Christians and would go against the teaching of Martin Luther, whom Hitler greatly respected. It is believed that during this time Hitler was unknowingly influenced by his surroundings and received this firm belief of Ant-Semitiscm which would stubbornly remain with him until his death on 30th Arpril 1945 in Berlin, Germany.
During the time period Mein Kampf was written Germany was experiencing massive unemployment leaving the German people humiliated, impoverished, and lacking a strong form of government. The first world war had ended leaving Europe devastated and in dire need of reconstruction. After the previous governments resignation Germany was divided by...