Why did Hitler persecute the Jewish community

Why did Hitler hate the Jews?

Hitler was born in Austria in 1889. He developed his political ideas in Vienna, a city with a large Jewish community. He lived there from 1907 to 1913. At that time Vienna had a mayor who was very anti-Jewish, and anti-Semitism was widespread in the city.

During the First World War (1914-1918) Hitler was a soldier in the German army. At the end of the war, like many other German soldiers, he could not accept the defeat of the German Empire. The German army command spread the myth that the army did not lose the war on the battlefield, but through betrayal. By a "stab in the back", as it was called at the time. Hitler believed in this myth: Jews and communists betrayed the country and brought to power a left-wing government that wanted to end the struggle.

By blaming the Jews for the defeat, Hitler built an enemy image. Defeated Germany was also in a major economic crisis in the 1920s and early 1930s. The Nazis saw the banishment of Jews from society as a solution to the problems in Germany.

With this political message and the promise to make Germany an economically strong country, Hitler's party won the elections in 1932. After he came to power, there were more and more laws and regulations specifically directed against the Jewish population . That ended in the Shoah, the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jewish men, women and children.

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