A large proportion of the Jews were prominent actors, lawyers, and doctors. Although there were plenty of poor Jews as well, the disproportional amount of Jews in the intelligentsia lead to the stereotype that Jews were rich and manipulative. With the entire country facing economic turmoil, and most of Europe, it was easy to blame those who had somehow avoided the economic hardship faced by the masses. For example, more than half of Poland's doctors were Jews before the start of World War II.
They considered the Jews a race whose goal was world domination and who, therefore, were an obstruction to “Aryan” dominance. They believed that all of history was a fight between races, which should culminate in the triumph of the superior “Aryan” race. Therefore, they considered it their duty to eliminate the Jews, whom they regarded as a threat. In their eyes, the Jews’ racial origin made them habitual criminals who could never be rehabilitated and were hopelessly corrupt and inferior. There is no doubt that other factors contributed toward Nazi hatred of Jews and their distorted image of the Jewish people. These included the centuries-old tradition of Christian antisemitism, which propagated a negative stereotype of Jews as murderers of Christ, agents of the devil, and practitioners of witchcraft. Also significant was the political antisemitism of the latter half of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries, which singled out Jews as a threat to the established order of society. These combined to point to Jews as a target for persecution and ultimate destruction by the Nazis.