Hatred towards the Jews didn’t start with the Holocaust. There is evidence that hostility towards the Jews as far back as when Roman authorities destroyed a Jewish temple in Jerusalem and forced them to leave Palestine. Hitler’s feelings towards the Jews were definitely a strong factor in his decisions. Albert Speer says, “The hatred of the Jews was Hitler's driving force and central point, perhaps even the only element that moved him. The German people, German greatness, the Reich, all that meant nothing to him in the final analysis. Thus, the closing sentence of his Testament sought to commit us Germans to a merciless hatred of the Jews after the apocalyptic downfall. I was present in the Reichstag session of January 30, 1939 when Hitler guaranteed that, in the event of another war, the Jews, not the Germans, would be exterminated. This sentence was said with such certainty that I would never have doubted his intent of carrying through with it.” Why Hitler was particularly angry and upset with the Jews is unclear. During the first World War, Adolf served in the German army. When the country lost the war in 1918,...
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...nd that lead to the Allies creating Israel in 1946. In the years and decades that followed, many local Germans found it hard and struggled to deal with the Holocaust's bitter legacy. And many people, not just in Germany, have yet to move on themselves.
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