Why did Hitler use the Jews as a scapegoat?
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- knight1192aLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
He needed someone to blame.
Antisemitism had existed for centuries in Europe, which meant that Jews were generally a people folks didn't like very much and were less likely to trust. Did you know that one of the reasons Jews became so prolific in had to do with Christian beliefs on handling money. Handling money was seen as a sin and so most Christians would never become money lenders, or money counters either, during the middle ages. Few jobs were open to Jews at that time, one of them being money lending. This meant that over time Jews gained some power thanks to money. Take the influential Rothschild family of bankers, they were themselves Jews who became a powerful family because they were bankers.
Now here you've got antisemitism and folks having to go to banks and other institutions largely run by banks. Then add to this WWI ending with the blame for the war being placed on Germany and thus Germany having to pay for the war. This meant a recession in Germany, which only became worse when the Great Depression hit. The Depression had an effect the world over, and in Germany part of that effect was to stop the flow of money from abroad that was to go to rebuilding the country. Unemployment went through the roof and folks were ripe for someone to lead them out of the dark days.
Into this enviroment steps Hitler. He'd been active during the '20s but the time was right for an entire nation to turn to him. And he knew just what to say. The people needed someone to blame for their troubles. So what does he do?
"You're not responsible for what happening to you now. Someone else is to blame. Why did Germany loose the Great War, it wasn't for lack of the fatherland's brave boys giving their all to win the war. No, they were sold out. And who sold them out? The Jews. Oh but they didn't stop at costing the fatherland the war, they deliberately mismanaged your money. It's the Jews fault your children are starving at home because you don't have the money to buy food. Not yours. No, never your fault."
The problem with this, of course, is that many of the brave boys that fought the were were also Jews. Jews fought just as hard as any other Germans in the war and were just as likely to get decorated for bravery. And post war they were just as likely as other Germans if they were not wealthy (and the wealthy of Germany were not only Jews) to suffer. But under Hitler they became scapegoats for the suffering of their Germans. Any Jewish soldier in WWI who was awarded a medal could have it stripped away from him as Jews couldn't possibly have been loyal according to Hitler.
- 1 decade ago
Follow the money.
Hitler was a ne'er do well failed artist, angry at the world~ a sociopath.
Hitler, who was Austrian was broke and failed and he blamed his sorry lot in life on Jews as a group. Apparently many agreed with him..enough to get a movement started as he was charismatic and larger than life. In Germany, in particular, people liked what they heard, so he was able to gain a foothold.
Hitler flew his own plane and dropped antisemitic leaflets all over Germany. He'd pick an area to drop the leaflets and then he'd show up in person, landing the plane in a field, hop out of his plane and he was able to WOW the people. When his plane flew by, Germans would run out and wave to him, hoping he might land in their town.
Hitler used Jews as a Scapegoat BECAUSE HE COULD. It's that simple.
Terrifying, ain't it?...to realize it's that easy to so quickly label and dehumanize a group of people and have the rest of the world turn their backs, until, of course, Hitler came for them, too.
It never ceases to blow my mind that Hitler was considered a good guy, even by Churchill and other world leaders and big money folks until, of course, he bit off the hands that fed him money and invaded countries whose leaders had initially thought Hitler was an OK dude.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
That is a very large scale question.
Firstly, Germany was a piece of **** when Hitler came, had to blame it on someone, like every politician would.
The Jews were an obvious minority and they had been blamed for things in the past, plus Hitler believed in a serious amount of antisemitism. So blaming the Jews became natural for him in his policies of running Germany.
Jews were a very intelligent religion/race and they often did things that germans couldn't in some way hitler was jealous of this and he had to naturally retaliate.Source(s): About two years of history in high schoool, lawl.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
"In 1905, a young Adolf left his tiny Austrian hometown and moved to Vienna, all starry-eyed and with dreams of becoming a great artist. Unfortunately for the world, the academy rejected him. Twice. A few months after his second rejection, his mother died, cutting off his financial support. With no direction and no career to pursue, young Adolf was forced to move to the crappy Vienna slums, which were full of all sorts of filthy minorities, including Czechs, Croatians, Italians and, worst of all, Jews.Hitler claimed that it was in Vienna when he became an anti-Semite. Specifically, it was one Orthodox Jew that he saw one day and simply couldn't shake from his mind. If only he had been somewhere else during these years, like, say, among a bunch of liberal artist types at the dormitory of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
After spending several years in Vienna among all the disgusting non-Germans, Hitler decided to move to Munich. A year later, someone decided to go for a sandwich and WWI broke out. Without anything better to do, he joined the army, quickly rising through the ranks until he ended up a member of the German military police, tasked with infiltrating a little group known as the National Socialist German Workers Party.
If only there had been something else occupying his time, like painting naked chicks at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. And totally not thinking about how much he hated Jews."Source(s): cracked.com (http://www.cracked.com/article_17298_6-random-coin...
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- slugLv 41 decade ago
Well Hitler noticed corruption in the cities and there was a magazine I think where it linked corruption with Jews. Also, when he came back from war, he noticed there were lots of Jewish clerks and the people were saying germany would lose the war
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Hitler was heavily influenced by anti-Semitic leaflets that where being handed out when he was on a visit to Austria. This was the very start of his hatred for the Jewish people. He just absorbed a hatred that was already present. It was plain old influence of others that caused it.
- 1 decade ago
As a child, Hitler grew up in Austria learning anti-Semitic ideals, which were popular in Europe at the time. Furthermore, he believed they were blood-suckers who took all of the good opportunities like jobs.
- 1 decade ago
Because the Jews have been blamed for lots of things all through out time, you know like the death of jesus christ and lots of other stuff, so i guess it really wasnt a surprise to people that he blamed them for the ecomonic depression germany was going through at that time.
- oldboryLv 41 decade ago
I recall Adolf Hitler being quoted on this question in the 20's, and he replied, "Because it's convenient."