Actually.... There was a very fashionable idea at the time called Eugenics. It was the basis for hatred of the Jews and the search for racial purity. These ideas were current in most of Europe and very popular in America. The dirty secret behind the holocaust is that, at the time, many people in Europe and America AGREED with the ideas of racial purity, and purposefully overlooked what was happening to the jews.
Gosh, I bet you won't find that in your history books!! Ask yourselves why not..
Hi Jake, I actually think the reason that hatred of Jews was state-sponsored in Nazi Germany was because of "scape-goating;" that is, if you can make somebody else responsible for your problems then you do not have to do the work of getting your own self straightened out.
I don't even think the hatred was toward Jews specifically...that is, there was nothing they really did to attract the hatred. It was more that this ancient spiritual tradition was a readily identifiable target when the Nazis needed someone to blame.
Scape-goating happens whenever someone refuses to look at their own fears, rage, greed and so forth. It is the same dynamic as when people here in the U.S. for example, will hate the other political party, or another ethnic group, another religion, the oppression of women, and so forth.
The answer is for each of us, one-by-one, to say YES to the love in our own hearts; first of all to love ourselves, to see our own inner beauty. And then to extend that kind of understanding out to those we love and ultimately the whole world.
The scape-goating the Nazis did was a serious form of mental illness, and we can give meaning to our lives by loving and healing our own selves.
its both, but to get more detail u are a jew when ur mother is, if the mother wansnt and the father was would matter, so hitler dad was jewish but mom wasnt so its not considered a jew and he hated them because of the success, plus hitler was a crazy..... and when jews were becoming very successfull when Germany was at it lowest they thought the jews caused it and hitler gave a very disturbing speech about jews did this...
KJosenhans is correct. The Jewish citizens were the most successful financially and Hitler was very jealous of the fact that Jews owned the majority of businesses and the German citizens were less well-off. This is, indeed, the fact that drove him to hate the Jews. It had nothing whatsoever with religion.