Throughout the centuries, there has been a strong and persistent hatred towards Jews. The origins of this loathing have arose from factors such as religious beliefs, economic factors, nationalism, and beliefs about race and biology. One of the most prominent anti-sematic figures in history was Adolf Hitler, who had numerous reasons to detest the Jews. Hitler had a vision that Germany would one day have the perfect race; the Aryan race and that was Hitler’s primary focus.
Hitler gained his anti-sematic views as a young man while he lived in the capitol city, Vienna. There, he claimed that he found out what the world was like and he also learned more about the Jews. At the time, there was a rather large Jewish population living in the city, and Hitler discovered that he could declare them as the scapegoat for all of Europe’s problems. During his stay in Vienna, Hitler saw how much progress Vienna’s mayor, Karl Luger, had with his political career based on anti-semitic policies.
Another possibility how Hitler gained his views were all of the anti-semitic literature that was provided in Vienna. After World War I, Hitler was deranged in thinking that Germany was defeated and he thought there was no possible explanation for why the Germans lost. Adolf Hitler made an irrational decision and decided that Germany lost WWI due to the lack of support from the Jews. Whether the Jews did not support the war or not enough soldiers were enlisted and on the battlefront, Hitler came up with numerous reasons why Germany should blame the Jewish people. Besides saying that the Jews betrayed Germany, Germans without Hitler’s input, claimed that the Jews were communists. This was a typical reaction for Germans to say since they despised the Jews too.
The mission Hitler had for when he became Führer of Germany was to purify Germany’s bloodline. He had the idea of racial hygiene and wanted all the impurities removed, of which consisted the Jewish people, the mentally handicapped, and gypsies. People who were Jewish or of Jewish decent were the main priority on Hitler’s agenda. If Hitler could eliminate all of the Jews, he would be able to have the perfect Aryan race. In a letter that was addressed to Adolf Gemlich shown in The Holocaust Reader, Hitler said, “ … Jewry is unqualifiedly a racial association and not a religious association… its influence will bring about the racial tuberculosis of the people” (Dawidowicz, 1976, p. 31).
What Hitler means by the above quote is that he associates Jews with race, not religion. If Jews mate with non-Jews the bloodline will be plagued. By 1938, Hitler started with the deportation of the Jews. Instead of mass killing them, he wanted to evict them from Germany and send them to other European countries. This started with Kristallnacht, when Jews throughout Germany were being harassed to leave the country. Synagogues were burned down, Jewish property was looted, and brutal methods were being used to ensure the...