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.


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.

Antisemitism was not new

Did Hitler invent hatred of Jews? No, Hitler built on and used antisemitic ideas that already existed. He was Austrian and grew up in Vienna where the mayor was extremely antisemitic 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.


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.


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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Not many people helped Jewish people. I understand that people were afraid but in order for Hitler to do what he did, there were many who agreed with what was going on (or did not disagree, same thing). I know it is sad to think that so many human beings participated in this atrocity, but, this is the only way something like this could have taken place. I can understand very small countries like the Netherlands fear, the people there were probably just trying to survive the war themselves. Hitler could not have come to power and maintained power without many political, economic, and public supporters. Who funded him? Please note that I am not Jewish or European.

Michelle, 36 - Midwest - United States - 31 Mar 2015

Hello,in my oppinion today people make a big mistake regarding concentration cam. People know only about jewis that was there The truth is , was also romi people 30,000 romi and nobody say nothing about them. What is more? Today when romi people are emigrate in contries like uk france or germany,they call them gipsy and all the bad things associated with them is a usaual whay of thinking. So,not only jew was in there,remember that. Was also gipsy people and please remind us about them.

Alin stefanesch, 38 - Bucharest - Romania - 25 Jan 2015

Tyvm, i got project done thanks to this site n a couple others... also i hear that there is evidence that says Hitler is actually 1/4th jewish... his grandma is supposedly jewish and he tried to hide any jewish ancestry from everyone or he could have been in some serious trouble with the germans

Michael, 13 - Bitchfield - United Kingdom - 21 Jan 2015

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