Throughout the centuries, there has been a strong and persistent hatred towards Jews. The origins of this loathing have arose from factors such as religious beliefs, economic factors, nationalism, and beliefs about race and biology. One of the most prominent anti-sematic figures in history was Adolf Hitler, who had numerous reasons to detest the Jews. Hitler had a vision that Germany would one day have the perfect race; the Aryan race and that was Hitler’s primary focus. Hitler gained his anti-sematic views as a young man while he lived in the capitol city, Vienna. There, he claimed that he found out what the world was like and he also learned more about the Jews. At the time, there was a rather large Jewish population living in the
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He had the idea of racial hygiene and wanted all the impurities removed, of which consisted the Jewish people, the mentally handicapped, and gypsies. People who were Jewish or of Jewish decent were the main priority on Hitler’s agenda. If Hitler could eliminate all of the Jews, he would be able to have the perfect Aryan race. In a letter that was addressed to Adolf Gemlich shown in The Holocaust Reader, Hitler said, “ … Jewry is unqualifiedly a racial association and not a religious association… its influence will bring about the racial tuberculosis of the people” (Dawidowicz, 1976, p. 31).
What Hitler means by the above quote is that he associates Jews with race, not religion. If Jews mate with non-Jews the bloodline will be plagued. By 1938, Hitler started with the deportation of the Jews. Instead of mass killing them, he wanted to evict them from Germany and send them to other European countries. This started with Kristallnacht, when Jews throughout Germany were being harassed to leave the country. Synagogues were burned down, Jewish property was looted, and brutal methods were being used to ensure the emigration of the Jews. Taken from A Holocaust Reader, it says, “To restore Germany to its former greatness, Hitler believed that the Jews had to be purged from the political and public life of the German nation and removed from all positions of political, social, or cultural influence” (Dawidowicz, 1976, p. 35). By the start of WWII Hitler occupied Poland, which