Why Did Hitler Hate The Jews?

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  1. |Pranshu| profile image74
    |Pranshu|posted 10 years ago

    Why Did Hitler Hate The Jews?

    I was recently reading 'Diary of a young girl - Anne Frank' and I've seen movies like 'The Pianist', 'Hitler - The Rise of Evil', 'The Boy in striped Pajamas', but for the life of me I just can't get it. What was it about Jews that Hitler hated so much? And if it was something personal then how come he convinced all the other Germans (Nazi Party) to hate them too??  Was it something the Jews did? 


  2. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 10 years ago

    History throught the ages as show a level of anti Semitism, in this case the jews were there to be a scapegoat for hitler as a tool to grasp and maintain power.  Hitler was an excellent speaker and was able to convince people with the power of his argument.  He used the financial woes of the time and, and as means to an end, used the jews as blame for them.

    1. Uninvited Writer profile image80
      Uninvited Writerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Exactly what I was going to say, a scapegoat. Much like illegal aliens and the poor are being used as scapegoats for everything wrong with America these days

    2. cynthtggt profile image69
      cynthtggtposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Quite the contrary.  Hitler hated the Jews because they were "capitalistic" and going against the growing National Socialist Party.  It was the "wealth" and the jealousy of it that promulgated the hatred. See the movie "Max."

    3. MickS profile image60
      MickSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I only go a partial way with you cynthtggt.  Hittler suffered the malady that afflicts all politicians, the craving of and holding of power. To that end he used the Jew's position in the capitalist sructure of Germany to make them scapegoats.

    4. cynthtggt profile image69
      cynthtggtposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, Mick, but you can't retain power withot people, and the reason he could get everybody to follow him was the jealousy of wealth and making people believe THEY were the only reason for their economic woes.

    5. MickS profile image60
      MickSposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes cynthtggt, I said that with -'Hitler was an excelent speaker...'

  3. RavenBiker profile image61
    RavenBikerposted 10 years ago

    Anti-Semitism is a very complex and insidious form of bigotry.  You've read a lot and still don't feel you have an answer so tere is one book that I've read that outlines the "science" Hitler used: "Psychiatrists: The Men Behind Hitler" by Thomas Roder.  I was scared out of my wits when I rtead this because I can see the "science" still operating today!!

    May I make another suggestion about finding answer?  Have a converstaion with a Jew or a Rabbi or both.  I'm sure they would be very pleased that you asked.

  4. lburmaster profile image78
    lburmasterposted 10 years ago

    I honestly don't know why he hated the Jews or if he hated them. What is so saddening is that he might have been a Jew.

    1. Theresa Cox profile image59
      Theresa Coxposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      when you say might have been do you mean as in : "had he been born to different parents. Sort of a "there but for the grace of God, go I" kind of thing? Or do you mean there is some possible evidence that he may have Jewish ancestry?

    2. lburmaster profile image78
      lburmasterposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      No. There is possible evidence that he had Jewish ancestry and upbrining.

  5. Theresa Cox profile image59
    Theresa Coxposted 10 years ago

    I've heard that he was trying to create a race of so called "perfect" humans called Arryan. The Arryans were rumored to have blonde hair and blue eyes. Thus his hatred was an ethnic cleansing. Jews didn't have the desired physical traits.  That's one theory.
    And then there's the theory that he hated the Jews because he believed they killed Jesus Christ. 

    Note: I make no claims to the the authenticity of these "theories". My information comes from research done long ago for history class.

  6. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 10 years ago

    The Germans have alrways hated the Jews. During the first Crusaude in the late 11th Century, France began mobilizing to move east and invade the Seljuk Empire. Meanwhile, the German people of the HRE used the Crusades as an excuse to start rounding up Jews and slaughtering them. After WWI when Hindenburg signed the peace treaty with the allies he essentially blamed Germany's failure to win the war on the Jews back home.Hitler was not an anomaly. The Germans all got what they deserved in that war and the next 40 years.

  7. baygirl33 profile image57
    baygirl33posted 10 years ago

    It is said that Hitler's grandmother was Jewish.But I have to say that I beleive he was psychotic.(I hear you say duh).Only a mad man could treat his fellow man like he did the Jews.
    He was able to sway the people because the first world war left the German people no pride and no economy. People ,especially youth ,were out of jobs while the Jews appeared to be affluent. Besides Hitler was an excellent speaker and could stir the crowd into a frenzy.He was down and out and had nothing to lose.
    Besides,he was so cruel that people were afraid to go against him.He seemed to have no conscionce.

  8. JamesGrantSmith profile image58
    JamesGrantSmithposted 9 years ago

    Hitler wanted to create a pure Aryan race. Pure Aryans have blonde hair and blue eyes.

    Hitler did not therefore just hate Jews, he hated Blacks, Muslims and not forgetting white people with anything other than blonde hair blue eyes, which is ironic considering Hitler had brown hair.

    1. gmwilliams profile image85
      gmwilliamsposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Mr. Smith.Hitler hated anyone who wasn't German or at least Nordic.Besides Jews, he had a venomous hatred towards Slavs whom he deemed to be inferior.He hated Roma.He particularly hated Blacks as evidenced by his reaction to Jesse Owens.

  9. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 6 years ago


    Adolf Hitler viewed the Jews as the crux of his problems.  He believed that the Jews were oppressing him & other Germans, preventing him from succeeding in his chosen profession as an architect.   It was during World War I that his hatred of the Jews increased.  He blamed the Jews for Germany losing World War I, thus reducing its status & reputation in the world.

    Beyond the usual religious prejudice,  there was a strong racial element in Hitler's anti-Semitism.  He viewed the Jews as a mixed race.  He did not consider them Caucasian.  He felt that the Jews will eventually destroy Germany.  This premise was the overall context of his book Mein Kampf.  He maintained that once he got into power, he will destroy the Jews which he almost did.  Not only did Hitler hate Jews, he also hated Roma(Gypsies), Slavs, Blacks, other non-Caucasians, & those he found problematic in one way or another who were deemed threats to him & German autonomy.

    Good books to read on the topic are: (1) The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer; (2) Hitler's Willing Executioners by Daniel Goldhagen; (3) Bury Me Standing by Isabel Fonseca; (4) Black Earth by Timothy Snyder;  and (5) Hitler's Black Victims by Clarence Lusane.


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