The Jewish question, the Nazi, anti-Jewish sentiment, anti-semitism, the Holocaust, Hitler
Between the end of the 19th century and World War I, continental Europe was experiencing a series of changes that would culminate in the discussion of what roles Jews should play in European political, economic and intellectual society. The main reasons for the prejudice that Jews faced in this time period stems from a combination of political unrest and uncertainty, economic hardship shared and inequity among the non-Jew Europeans and a series of pseudo-intellectual propaganda campaigns. This necessarily caused the consensus at the time that largely favored the view that Jews were a nuisance that had to be dealt with thus the "Jewish question" was to be solved with rampant anti-Semitism.
[...] Bradford. "Slouching Towards Utopia?: The Economic History of the Twentieth Century - WWI." February Leon, Abram. The Jewish Question - A Marxist Interpretation. Mexico City: http://www.marxists.org/subject/jewish/leon/index.htm Meier, David A. "Hitler's Rise to Power." http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/dmeier/Holocaust/hitler.html. Rossel, Seymour. "Hitler's Rise to Power." . "The Nazi Rise to Power." . [...]
[...] Everything is in their hands. They lend money to lords and peasants and they go to purchase merchandise at Leipzig” (Leon). With the rise of industrialization and growing religious persecution in Eastern Europe a substantial majority of Jews fled to western and central Europe as well as the United States taking advantage of the greater freedoms these locations offered them. One of such freedoms was the establishment of state-supported public schools in German as “most Jewish children not only attended but many excelled in them and continued on to secondary education at a rate that far exceeded their non-Jewish neighbors” (19th Century Anti-Semitism). [...]
[...] The first major event that would enable the Nazi rise to power is World War I. For the past years, Germany built up its military to such an advanced point that it was one of the strongest in the world. This military might, and the hubris which it brought, would be the cause of World War I as Germany backed the Serbian government in a system of alliances and military protection when Austria declared war on Serbia after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. [...]
[...] With all these misfortunes stemming from WWI, Germans were ready for a strong and capable leader who they saw in Hitler (Hitler's Rise to Power). While even though they did not agree with many of his radical policies at first, and most even dismissed him, the economic depression and resulting hyperinflation made people desperate enough to believe in such radical thoughts such as the Jews being the source of all trouble (Hitler's Rise to Power). Perhaps the greatest fear that helped Hitler rise to power was the spread of communism in Eastern Europe, in particular, the revolution that overthrew the Czar in Russia. [...]
[...] Weiner, Rebecca. "The Virtual Jewish History Tour." 2008. Jewish Virtual Library . [...]
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