Why did Hitler hate Jews?

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An important term to mention here is ‘scapegoat’. Hitler and the Nazis said the Jews were responsible for huge events like losing World War One and the economic crisis. This was totally untrue.

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But by giving the Jews the blame Hitler created an enemy. Hitler said that all Germany’s problems had been caused by the Jews. Many people believed him.

Banish

The solution to all these problems was to banish the Jews from society. With this political message and the promise to make Germany a large and economically powerful country Hitler’s party won the 1932 election. In 1933 he and his party came to power.

Anti-Semitism was not new

Did Hitler invent hatred of Jews? No, Hitler built on and used anti-Semitic ideas that already existed. He was Austrian and grew up in Vienna where the mayor was extremely anti-Semitic and where hatred of Jews was widespread. His hatred of Jews cannot be tied down to a specific event in his life, for example a Jewish childhood friend, as many children think.

'Race'

Hitler and the Nazis also thought that people could be divided into different races and that there was a struggle going on between these different races. According to the Nazis the ‘Aryan race’ was the best and strongest race. Jews were of another inferior race. In fact so inferior that they were not considered to be ‘people’ by the Nazis.

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You need to know plenty about the subject to be able to answer this question. When explaining it note  important words such as ‘scapegoat’ and ‘enemy’

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I cant even believe this why would you just blame the Jews is hitler a baby

Ely, 11 - New York - United Kingdom - 29 Sep 2014

In Maldives I've met a lot of Jews as tourists visiting executive class resorts,first I had been shocked for the respect they gave me even though they very we'll knew myself as a muslim,simple employee serving them.In school all of my Islam teachers were politically motivated & personally hated Jews,citing us to hate Jews as much as we must love Prophet Muhammad & Allah as our saviours.Creating wild,criminal ideologies against Jewish people.These Imams,Sheiks or teachers r "Intelligent fools" actually knowing nothing about people like Sir Albert Einstein

Ahamed Thasleem , 39 - Male' - Maldives - 29 Sep 2014

Hitler's reasoning and thoughts simply poisoned many of his followers. And his poison has left the German people to this day feeling embarrassed and hated by many. I have often wondered, Were the SS influenced by Hitler and simply followed orders or.. did they act on their own sick hatred thoughts? So many should have be made to face the responsibilities of their war crimes but didn't! Maybe the SS acted out of fear of Hitler and what he would do to them if they did not do as ordered. I just don't know. However, I Do feel that Jewish people are no different than anyone else, we are all just people with different religious beliefs!

Brian, 61 - Lindsay Ontario - Canada - 29 Sep 2014

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