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.

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.


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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I'm not a child, but have to teach on the topic. In addition to other reasons presented, I wonder if one of the reasons Hitler could target the Jews is that they were a distinguishable group. The gypsies, perhaps the Jehovah's Witnesses, were distinguishable groups. Jews wold not be likely to deny their identity. In the final analysis though, his hatred was beyond reason - inexplicable - when all outward constraints are removed from a person, and that person is accountable to no one, we get a glimpse of what man can do.

Priscilla, 51 - Bernville, PA - United States - 12 Nov 2014

Actually Adolf Hitler was an evil incarnate to be gist . How can you look at your fellow human beings and blame them for economic crisis . shame Adolf

Bill, 18 - Accra - Ghana - 10 Nov 2014

i cant belive tht hitler blame the Jews tht they are the ones tht they lost the World War 1. UMMMM NO!!

Jenny, 11 - GARLAND - United Kingdom - 6 Nov 2014

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