Drew asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 3 years ago

Is it possible that Adolf Hitler used the Jewish people purely as scapegoats and propaganda and didn t hate them personally?

Hitler has been quoted saying things like "If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed." Could it be possible that Hitler only saw Jews as a means to control the population and strengthen his autonomy?

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago
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    Honestly, Hitler was all over the place on the issue. First of all, there was strong anti-Semitism in his family because his paternal grandmother had conceived Alois, Adolf's father, when she was raped by a Jew in Vienna. Second, there was strong anti-Semitism in Adolf's immediately surrounding culture because he attended a Jesuit- run school where the Jesuit priests taught the children that the Jews were "the murderers of Christ". Third, there was anti-Semitism in the greater surrounding culture in Germany in general, where the Kaiser had until 1919 forbidden Jews to live outside of their Jewish ghettoes. However, this understood about Hitler's background, Adolf Hitler himself was capable of "thinking outside the box" and doing some surprising things. For one thing, according to Lothar Machtan's "The Hidden Hitler", Adolf engaged in secret homosexual affairs. That sometimes bordered on the issue about Jews and Jewishness, but it also speaks to how he was able to hold more than one thought in his mind at the same time; To wit, Hitler originally had a concept and vision of the Third Reich as being a re- creation of ancient Sparta with its cult of male body worship and tolerance of bisexuality including the exclusively homosexual Brown Shirts, run by Ernst Roehm whom Machtan identifies as Hitler's lover, but then Hitler was persuaded by Christian Conservatives to turn against Rohm and had his exclusively heterosexual Black Shirts murder all of the Brown Shirts in one single night of massacre known as "The Night Of Long Knives" after which Third Reich policy was exclusively heterosexist;however, Hitler inserted the one weird exception of requiring cadets in his military academies to wash each other's backs in the showers. Another exception that Hitler made about the Jews was to have "Mischlings"--a German word meaning "Mixed"--serve as privates in his Wehrmacht, which was the German Army during World War Two. This is described in detail by Bryan Riggs in "Hitler"s Jewish Soldiers". Hundreds of thousands of privates were one-quarter Jewish and, when their grandmothers were sent for extermination in gas chambers, High Command issued letters informing them of such, and were surprised when thousands of German sergeants reported teenage privates coming to them in tears over those letters. Banal. Finally, Hitler additionally made social exceptions to Jewishness, such as Countess von Moltke the famous Jewish aviatrix, whom he officially "Aryanised" with a Certificate. But by far the biggest exception he ever made was the Jewish princess Stefi Richter whom he not only 'Aryanized' but whom he also entrusted with Top Secret classified intelligence files. Her career is described by Martha Schad in "Hitler's Spy Princess". Both of these women betrayed Hitler: Countess von Moltke was part of either the Kreisau Circle or the Stauffenberg Bomb Plot and Princess Stefi took German Intelligence secrets to San Francisco and turned them over to the FBI.

    Source(s): Lothar Machtan:"The Hidden Hitler"; Bryan Riggs:"Hitler's Jewish Soldiers"; Martha Schad:"Hitler's Spy Princess".
    • Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      Hitlers sister allowed a DNA test she had No Jewish Blood

  • 3 years ago

    NO. he hated them.

  • 3 years ago

    No, I don't think so. Lots of his sayings and writings show that he was, like many other Christians all across Europe, genuinely anti-Semitic. However, I think you have a point, just the same. I do think that there's good evidence to suggest that Hitler made the Jews scapegoats because of this widespread and pre-existing German (and European) hatred of Jews.

    In the end, though, one needs only look at how much effort and money was spent on the "Final Solution," to see that Hitler's hatred of Jews was real, and that he was willing to go to really amazing lengths to try to destroy them.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Yes, but that did not help the ones who died.

    "Hey Sal, look on the bright side. Hitler does not hate us personally."

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  • 3 years ago

    No, he was anti-Semitic from a young age. Note that Germans weren't known to be particularly anti-Semitic, but Austrians were. And Hitler grew up on the Austrian side of the border. Your supposition may be true in terms of degree, but there was well-noted anti-Semitism before he became interested in political power.

  • Art
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Quite probable initially but Hitler began believing his own big lie.

  • Tina
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    Fool on the Hill says:

    "After the Jews committed treason in 1916 which caused Germany to lose WW1, and after they moved in and took control over Germany when Germany was most vulnerable, Hitler came to power and kicked the Jews out of their controlling positions of power and influence. The Jewish response was to declare war on Germany in 1933."

    This is all completely unsupported fantasy - there was no treason, Germany lost the war because they were beaten by the opposing armies, and the Jews did not 'control' Germany.

    for instance: in March 1933:

    "March 31

    Decree of the Berlin city commissioner for health suspends Jewish doctors from the city’s charity services. "

    https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=...

    'controlling position of power and influence' - not really is it?

    And Fool's claim that the Jews declared war on Germany (how could they?) is based on a headline in The Daily Express - a fount of misinformation for so many years.

    It is very important to remember that there was no Jewish problem in Germany - the story of treason in WW1, the claim that the Jews were deliberately undermining the German economy were all untrue - as untrue as other wicked libels deliberately circulated by the Nazis. There was no need for Hitler to do anything about the Jewish people resident in Germany except to leave them alone. But, partly because he needed an excuse for Germany's dreadful economic conditions, and partly because, yes, he had a genuine and irrational hatred for them - and partly because he wanted to seize Jewish money and property, in 1938 he instituted a violent pogrom which began with the expuslon of 12,000 Jews of Polish extraction (some of whom had emigrated to Germany in the 1920s, and so could not possibly have been implicated in any 'treason' - even if it had existed - WW1), followed by the horrors of Kristallnacht. How Fool can defend his statement that Hitler 'did not use violence' I do not know.

  • 3 years ago

    It's kind of odd how he even hated Jews. He even had a list of favoured Jews that he protected up to a certain point.

    • Tina
      Lv 7
      3 years agoReport

      Yes, Fool, and the reason is? Hitler perhaps thought that Ernst's sister Berta and his mother were a danger to the state? perhaps he connected them with the imaginary 'treason' in WW1. Or something...

  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    He himself expressed virulent Anti-Semitism even privately, so he probably was authentic with his hatred of Jews. He may have held Jews in contempt also because of his thwarted artistic ambitions in which he dealt with Jewish art gallery owners.

    • Tina
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      3 years agoReport

      Is there any actual record of Hitler being turned down by Jewish owners of art galleries - another story is that he was refused entry to art college by a Jewish academic. It surely can't be both.

  • 3 years ago

    It is true that Hitler used the Jews as scapegoats for Germany loosing WWI. But that doesn't mean he liked the Jews. The Nazi party's founder Anton Drexler was anti-Semtic, anti-Marxist views and Hitler was very strongly attracted to Drexler's views. So much so that he became a Nazi himself.

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