Anti-Semitism and How it Led to Hitler Choosing the Jews

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Anti- Semitism didn’t start when Hitler came to power. Anti- Semitism has lasted for more than 2,000 years (AntiSemitism: The Longest Hatred). Christians and Jews have fought for years because Christians think that Jews only think of themselves and do what betters them. Since anti-Semitism already exist it posed as an effortless target for Hitler. The most extreme case of Anti- Semitism is the Holocaust (Anti-Semitism). “Anti semitism exist not because of the Jew alone, nor because of his neighbors alone, but because of social conditions (Lazare).” Lazare said “Ignorant of the real cause of their sentiments...Charges racial, charges religious, charges political and economic, none of these grievances of antisemitism are well founded.” Anti- Semitism exist not only because of the Jewish people but because of the other people and religions that seen the Jewish people as threat to society. Hitler and the Nazi party would not have been successful in the final solution and other persecution of the Jews if the German people did not already have a history of Anti-Semitism and embraced it’s prejudice. Background Anti-Semitism has been changed into countless forms and each of them mean something different but none of them take away any part of the cruelty that was placed on Jewish people. “In 1879, German journalist Wilhelm Marr originated the term antisemitism, denoting the hatred of Jews, and hatred of various liberal, cosmopolitan, and international political trends of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries often associated with Jews (Anti-Semitism).” “Anti-Zionism” is the hatred of Jews and “Anti Semitism” is discrimination of Israel and Zionism is racism (Lipset). Theses two terms can often be misused or misunderstood but the... ... middle of paper ... ...sdropping on Hell” Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Antisemitism." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 10 June 2013. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Antisemitism: The Longest Hatred." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 10 June 2013. Web. 2 Feb. 2014. "Why the Germans." Why the Germans. Holocaust- History, n.d. Web. 11 Feb. 2014. "Why Were the Jews Singled out for Extermaination." Why Were the Jews Singled out for Extermination. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. Wistrich, Robert. "The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism." The Changing Face or Anti-Semitism. Robert Wistrich, 16 Mar. 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

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