Historically speaking, the German people had always hated Jews. In the first Crusade in 1098, when the French gathered their armies to conquer Jerusalem, the German princes began slaughtering Jews. They called it...The Holocaust. Martin Luther, creator of the Lutheran faith in the 16th Century, wrote scathing things about the Jews in his book called, "The Jews and their Lies". Jews had often throughout German history been forced to wear identifying badges or clothing. When the German military commander surrendered to the Allies in World War I, he said something to the effect of, "We only lost because we were betrayed" (referring to the Jews). So, it wasn't so much that Hitler hated Jews as it was that most Germans hated Jews. Hitler (uneducated, who almost made a religious faith out of hating them) capitalized on German anti-Semitism to help climb to power.