Monday, September 4, 2023

Why did Hitler hate Jews?

 Adolf Hitler's hatred of Jews was inspired by anti-Semitism, which played a major role in his thinking and in the Nazi ideology

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 Anti-Semitism is an age-old phenomenon that Hitler did not invent. Jews in Europe had been victims of discrimination and persecution since the Middle Ages, often for religious reasons. In the nineteenth century, religion played a less important role, and it was replaced by theories about the differences between races and peoples. The idea that Jews belonged to a different people than the Germans, for instance, caught on
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 Hitler used anti-Semitic ideas that had been around for a long time, and he developed his political ideas in Vienna, a city with a large Jewish community, where he lived from 1907 to 1913
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 During the First World War, Hitler was a soldier in the German army, and at the end of the war, he, and many other German soldiers like him, could not get over the defeat of the German Empire. The German army command spread the myth that the army had not lost the war on the battlefield, but because they had been betrayed. Hitler bought into the myth, and Jews and communists had betrayed the country and brought a left-wing government to power that had wanted to throw in the towel
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Propaganda played a crucial role in spreading anti-Semitic beliefs in Nazi Germany. The Nazis used propaganda to create an atmosphere tolerant of violence against Jews, particularly before the Nuremberg Race Laws of September 1935 and before the anti-Semitic economic legislation following Kristallnacht in 1938
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The propaganda aimed to exploit people's fear of uncertainty and instability, and it varied from "Bread and Work," aimed at the working class and the fear of unemployment, to a "Mother and Child" poster portraying the Nazi ideals regarding women
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 Jews and communists were portrayed as enemies of the German people, and the Nazis used propaganda to demonize them
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 Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, used a combination of modern media, such as films and radio, and traditional campaigning tools such as posters and newspapers to reach as many people as possible
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 The Nazis used propaganda to promote Nazi ideology by promoting the values ​​asserted by the Nazis, including heroic death, F├╝hrerprinzip (leader principle), Volksgemeinschaft (people's community), Blut und Boden (blood and soil), and pride in the Germanic Herrenvolk (master race) 
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 Antisemitic wartime propaganda served a variety of purposes, including persuading people in Allied countries that Jews should be blamed for the war and ensuring that German people were aware of the extreme measures being carried out against the Jews on their behalf, in order to incriminate them and thus guarantee their continued loyalty through fear by Nazi-conjectured scenarios of supposed post-war "Jewish" reprisals
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