The Anti Semitic And Racist Ideology

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Furthermore, Hitler exacerbated the hatred towards the French state through the propagation of anti-Semitic and racist ideology. According to Weinberg, “a key element in National Socialist hostility to France was the role of the latter as the European home of the concept of equality.” Since his rise to power, the Führer proclaimed that the Jews not only were an inferior race or worse, but also that they conspired against Germany since World War I and represented a menace to the Third Reich. Thus, he used these racial pretexts to harness the hatred towards Germany’s main international enemy: France’s activities in Europe today, spurred on by the French lust for vengeance and systematically directed by the Jew are a criminal attack against the life of the white race and will one day arouse against the French people a spirit of vengeance among a generation which will have recognized the original sin of mankind in this racial pollution. (Mein Kampf) In Mein Kampf, he not only highlights the “racial impurities” that the Jews transmit to the white race– the race of Hitler’s Great Germany –, but also goes as far as arguing that they systematically spread their feelings of vengeance against the white race and had infiltrated the French government with plans to complot against Germany. Thus, as he had mentioned in a speech in Munich, “extremes must be fought by extremes. Against the infection of materialism, against the Jewish pestilence we must hold aloft a flaming ideal.” Based on Hitler’s anti-Semitic bias in world politics, he decided to combat the extreme problem he foretold with the blitzkrieg of France, another extreme measure. Weinberg summarizes this rationale as part of one of Hitler’s core foundations of Hitler’s foreign pol... ... middle of paper ... ...nt grievance for Versailles into a nationalist war cry and a cultural perception into racist hatred and anti-Semitism, which were the sources of his criticism of France. Thus, even though he could have chosen to mobilize to the East or to the West, he was biased to engage against France to a large extent by the enmity he had been feeding domestically and internationally. Even though his actions reflect an accurate assessment of the balance of power in 1940, the intentions and motives that backed up such actions differ from mere strategic advantages and security concerns. Therefore, the fact that Hitler’s decisions conduced Germany to engage in a given course of action in 1940, which differed from reasons proposed by offensive realism, shows that Hitler’s particular leadership shaped the outcome of World War II for all the European countries that were involved in it.

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