Adolf Hitler is probably one of the most iconic figures in the history of the world. His actions, ideologies and hair style have all been part of scrutiny by historians around the world. The most dramatic and prominent act by Adolf Hitler was the Holocaust. The ultimate solution that was supposedly the last resort to cure the world of a disease, that according to Hitler, and his believers was causing the world to become worse by the day. The Holocaust was nothing less than a nightmare. With millions of Jews put in slave and concentration camps, it was the perfect way to getting rid of all the Jews in the world. It was devastating and sadist to say the least. The Holocaust clearly displayed Hitler’s and the Nazis’ hatred and apathy toward this race that comprised a major part of eastern and mid-Europe. But have you ever wondered what led to one of the greatest political leaders that the world had ever seen to resort to such cruel and extreme actions? What triggered such indifference towards the Jews and their lives?
Why Did Hitler Hate Jews?
There have been many contemplation over the years that why Hitler did what he did and why was he so adamant in wiping out the entire Jewish populous from the face of the planet. The theologies spread in a wide range of reasons starting from a girl he liked but could never get to the fear of being killed by a Jew one day as he saw in one of his dreams. But in the end, all these allegations, theories, and baseless guesses are bogus as none of them are true. And perhaps we should leave the concept of ‘dreaming of prophecies and making an entire race of people believe in them too’ to Prophet Mohammed.
After scrutinizing every aspect of Hitler’s psyche, childhood, early adulthood and his years during the first World War, it can be said that it has been finally found out why he hated the Jews so much. His book, that is, Mein Kampf has a major share of the reasons why he thought the Jews were such a bane to mankind and most essentially, the Germanic people. In fact, he himself has stated why he thinks so.
Reasons Mentioned In Mein Kampf
Adolf Hitler himself stated in his book that Jews are the experts on using lies and slander to their benefit. Their ability to lie and take advantage of those who believe them is unparallel. He mentions that the biggest lie they have ever accomplished is calling their race a religion which only lays the path for subsequent lies.
He goes on in stating that the Jews are not the victim but the aggressor. And since they are the aggressor, they do not see the man who attacks them as the only threat but also the man who has the ability to resist them.
“They Produce Degenerate Art”
Hitler was himself a big fan and admirer of modern art. He essentially set out to be an artist in Austria but had as we all know destiny had something else for him at hand.
Hitler clearly mentions his disregard for Jewish art and its impact on the Germanic people. He goes on saying that the people did not want to look like artistically illiterate therefore they accepted anything that seemed like art to them, regardless of the extent of its atrociousness.
He even accuses them (the Jews) to be imitators and fakes as they simply recreate something that has already been created with tricks and retouching. And as a result, their art lacks energy. Apparently, Hitler also had a problem with the somewhat outgoing nature of Jews. Hitler clearly states that the Jews had become a symbol of the mockery of nationalist sentiments and the idea of noble and good. They drag people to their lowest levels and ridicule morals and decency. Long story short, he portrayed Jews as people who corrupted literature and culture. Did they, though?
“They Create Communism”
Hitler had huge disregard for Soviet Bolshevism. Bolshevism was a major issue back in the day, especially after the First World War. Not only was Bolshevism trying to take over the whole of Europe but they were also attempting to establish something far greater in the form of a communist ideology pan-Europe. This was, however, taken care of by the Free German Army comprising of the relieved German soldiers and ‘stormtroopers’ after the First World War which later became the SA, Hitler’s personal paramilitary force.
Adolf Hitler stated in his book that only a fool could believe that Bolshevism had ended even after they were pushed back. He further states that it rather an instinct that makes the Jews a big threat. Just like the Anglo-Saxons tried to conquer the world with their own weapons, the Jews have an instinct to do the same. Instead of weapons, they use other means they know best, that is, to infiltrate other countries and destroy them from the inside out.
He adds that Jews constantly deteriorate the nation from the inside, using weapons like lies, slander, decay and poison until the nation has crumbled. The Soviet Bolshevism is the symbol the Jews’ attempt to conquer the world.
At the later parts of his book, he mentions that only when the world gets rid of Bolshevism and Marxism, will it truly get independence.
The above reasons were mentioned by Hitler himself in his book of ideals, Mein Kampf. But there is still speculation over what led him to believe in them. Sure, he was a World War I soldier and he indeed saw things which the common man couldn’t but there had to be a deeper reason for his beliefs and his sheer hatred for the Jewish diaspora.
Prior to 1919, Adolf Hitler was known to be a man of social democratic political views. It was after 1919 that he developed his anti-Semitic political views. His first views came in the form of a report for the German Army that was operating in Bavaria. But what caused this drastic change?
This calls for a flashback into history.
Step 1 – Humiliation In The First World War
As many would already know, 1918 marked the end of the Dreadful ‘Great War’. Germany lost to the allies even though no enemy soldiers crossed German borders. There was confusion and a feeling of treason and betrayal towards the national leaders.
Step 2 – Collapse Of The German Empire
This led to the inevitable collapse of the Germanic Empire and the end of the second Reich. This also followed with gigantic war reparations in terms of food grains, resources like coal and wealth. It was as if Germany was the sole proprietor of the losses causes in the First World War. The nation faced huge losses in terms of economy, food and lack of leadership. As a result, people ended up starving and helpless.
The Soviet Bolsheviks took advantage of this situation and spread their movement all across Germany. They even attacked Poland to facilitate the takeover of the Germanic Empire.
Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were the two leaders of the Bolshevik movement that was taking place in the German lands. Hitler was present during all of this. The centre of the movement , that is, Munich in Bavaria, was witnessing all of this madness.
Step 3 – Radicalization Of The Masses
Soon, the Red Movement, or the movement led by the Bolshevik revolutionists, spread all across Bavaria. It wasn’t very long before Kurt Eisner; a Bolshevik leader declared Bavaria a Soviet republic.
To add on tho this, the fact that all the major Bavarian Bolshevik leaders were Jewish, played an important role in forming the anti-Semitic sentiment that would later turn into a mass movement.
- Kurt Eisner – The prime leader of the Bolshevik Revolution in Bavaria
- Ernst Troller – The second president of the Bolshevik Bavaria.
- Eugin Levine – Frantic communist and the creator of the Bavarian Red Army.
- Gustav Landaurer – Communist Ideological leader
Step 4 – The Downfall Of Bavaria
A young and impressionable Adolf Hitler saw all of this in front of him. He witnessed Red soldiers behinds barricades and waging a civil war on the citizens of German cities. He saw Jewish leaders leading them into unnecessary battle and bloodshed.
He finally witnessed the thrashing of these Bolshevik revolutionists in the hands of the Free German Army or the ‘Freikorps’, which later on becomes the part of the SA unit.
These factors led to Adolf Hitler becoming the anti-Semitic tyrant that people know him to be today. Hitler saw the devastation that the Jews cause with their radical thinking and their support for the Red Revolution by the followers of Lenin and Bolshevik ideologies. The real question to ask here is whether his beliefs were false after all? We all know that societies have different sections that contribute to its fate and functioning in the long run. Similarly, the Jews were a section that was known to be derogative and deteriorative with regard to the Germanic society. Mentions could be found in historic remnants that Jews were indeed a substandard class of people that was often frowned upon but the rest.
It could also be said that Hitler childhood and youth also played a huge part in his ideologies about anti-Semitism. His time in Vienna, Austria, when he was preparing for his entrance in the Viennese School of Art also shared his disgust for the Jewish race. But what if I told you that Adolf Hitler’s hatred was not towards a certain race but towards a particular belief? And o, it is not Judaism. It is Zionism.
The dictionary describes Zionism as a movement for the establishment of a Jewish country and later on the development as well as the protection of that nation.
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