The reason why Hitler hated, targeted and killed the Jews was
He regarded (most) Jews as Communists.
He blamed the Jews for causing the defeat of Germany in World
He blamed the Jews for the Great Depression.
They claimed that the Jews were a morally and culturally
He believed that the Jews were conspiring to rule the
He also believed that the Jews already, to a large extent,
He believed that they were racially inferior and were in some
sense 'contaminating' non-Jewish Germans and he wanted a Germany
and a Europe without Jews.
However, this is at odds with the view that they were extremely
cunning and were 'already controlling Germany'.
Hitler killed the Jews for more than one reason. The political
reason given was that the Jews were aligned with the Bolshevik
revolution in Russia, and were hence Communists. Communists were
feared in Germany for not only their brutality but for what, they
feared, was a totalitarian state in which there would be little
freedom and the German culture and society would be radically
changed, and everyone would suffer a lower standard of living.
Great exhibitions were given to get that point across.
Publicly, Hitler did not talk about 'killing' the Jews, but
about deporting them. He felt they were 'a people without a
fatherland', and that all people, particularly 'Aryan' people and
particularly German 'Aryans' were tied to their land in an almost
spiritual way. To prosper, Hitler and the neo-pagans of the Third
Reich felt that Germany had to be 'cleansed' of the people who were
a 'nation within a nation' , and his first efforts were toward
deportation. Germany looked into Madagascar off the eastern coast
of Africa, but it was impractical.
Nazi propagandists began to portray the Jew as the epitome of
all evil and the reason for all the defeat and societal ills in
Germany. He reasoned that their influence was evil and degenerate,
and that they had caused Germany to lose WWI, had ruined the arts,
were defiling bloodlines, bringing in disease, introducing
communism, etc and that if conditions were left to themselves,
would threaten the overthrow of Germany. The Jews were actually a
small proportion (525,000) of citizens when the Nazis came to power
in 1933, compared to approximately 62 million others in Germany.
The real reason almost has to lie in the firm belief that the Aryan
herrenvolk [Master Race] could not emerge fully until the Jews and
their influence were removed.
While it was debated for decades whether the mass Killings were
planned, scholars today have amassed such a large amount of data
and information, as to make that position beyond doubt. Hitler
espoused the desire early on to destroy the Jews of Europe and
create a New European Order, and the Wannsee Conference and
Operation Reinhard , along with the lagers and Einsatzgruppen made
it clear that the systematic destruction of the Jews of Europe was
the clear intent.
Additional Causes of Anti-Semitism
In addition, in the wake of the Russian Revolution, all kinds of
fanciful conspiracy theories claiming that "the Jews" were using
Communism to achieve world domination became quite popular in some
places. In Britain and the US they were not taken particularly
seriously by mainstream politicians, but in Germany this kind of
stuff was seized on eagerly by the Nazis.
The first people to be sent to concentration were known
political opponents of the Nazis. 'Outsider' groups such as
homosexuals were also persecuted. The Jews were subject to a
massive program of extermination and a total of about six million
were murdered in the Holocaust. Hatred of the Jews was long
standing in many parts of Europe. (America wasn't free of
Anti-Semitism, either). The Jews were the traditional scapegoats.
Originally, Anti-Semitism had been directed mainly against Judaism
and its adherents, but from the 1870s onwards it became racial and
ideological. The period from about 1870 onwards was one of rapid
change (urbanization and a further wave of industrialism). Many
people who disliked these changes or could not adapt to them
identified the Jews with Modernism. In addition, in Europe there
was a severe economic depression from 1873-1879 (and arguably much
It was, above all, conspiracy theories about "the Jews".
These had been circulated in Russia from about 1900-1917 by the
Tsarist secret police. After about 1918 they also circulated
increasingly in Western and Central Europe. After World War 1 there
were all kinds of conspiracy theories circulating about the Jews.
They were widely regarded as Communists and subversives. In
Germany and Austria there was a widespread view (for which there
was no evidence) that they had engineered the defeat of
There were also conspiracy theories claiming that the Jews
were seeking to dominate the world.
This question implicitly has two parts. The first is a question
as to the rationales that Hitler believed in to justify
Anti-Semitic beliefs and the second is a question as to why Hitler
felt the need to kill the Jews as a way to solve these Anti-Semitic
The Reasons for Anti-Semitism in Germany during that
period are numerous, but some of the more important reasons were
1) Decay of the German State: During the 1800s, Jews
began to become more integrated in German National Life. They
served in its government, its military divisions, and its industry.
As was typical of Western Europe, the Jews had more of a hand in
the higher echelons of government than their population percentage
would account for. The Nazis saw this increasing Jewish percentage
in the government as a slow takeover of German policy and a
corruption of the German people. They contrasted the great
victories under Bismarck with the depressing failure of World War I
and noted how a much larger percentage of soldiers in the latter
war were Jewish. There was also the sentiment than in the early
20th century, values were beginning to ebb (this is similar to
current politics in the United States) and the Jewish integration
in the German apparatus (becoming teachers, lawyers, doctors, etc.)
was to blame for this recession of values as opposed to modernity
as a process.
2) Nationalism: Germany was brought together under the
Nationalist conception that all peoples with German culture,
history, and language should be united regardless of which
principality currently held control. The German self-conception
also had an ethnic component, holding that the perfect German was
blond and blue eyed. Regardless of the fact that the majority of
Germans were dark haired, Jews stuck out like a sore thumb because
they overwhelmingly had darker hair. In addition, the idea of a
German Jew was still rather new and both Jews and non-Jews tended
to see the Jews in Germany as being part of a vast Jewish network
and that these Jews just happened to be in Germany. The Nazis
capitalized on this cosmopolitan sensibility by claiming that Jews'
allegiances were not to the German State, but to secret Jewish
Councils organizing world events.
3) Economy: Whether it was true or not, there was
perception among Germans and the Nazis in particular that Jews were
wealthy individuals and had a higher per-capita income than the
Germans. In many ways (because of the above two reasons) Germans
felt that the Jews were "stealing" their money while they were poor
4) Pseudo-Science: The late 19th and early 20th century
was filled with radical new ideas concerning Social Darwinism. It
was believed by the Pseudo-Scientific community (which was rather
in vogue) that different groups of people or races exhibited
different emotional traits that were linked to physical
differences. This led to the belief that Jews were corrupt and
thieving by their irreversible nature and that they could not be
"cured" and brought up as proper Europeans. This formalized Racial
Anti-Semitism in Germany and made the situation much more dire for
5) Heresy: Although not as much an issue in World War II
as it may have been 500 years prior, Jews were still considered the
heretics who murdered the LORD and Savior. This helped to justify
Anti-Semitism as the Jewish comeuppance for their accepting of the
6) Hatred: (written by someone else) Because ppl hated
them . . . . .not such a good reason, right? Its so sad . . . . .
Why was killing the Jews necessary?
The answer to the second part, while cold, is brutally honest.
The Nazis encouraged the German population to believe that this
myriad of Anti-Semitic issues was ingrained in German Society by
making it part of the national curriculum and teaching it to
millions of German children. The Nazis proposed that the only way
to improve Germany was to remove the Jews entirely. There were two
options for such a removal: exile or genocide. Since no country was
willing to take the Jewish population en masse (and this includes
the United States and United Kingdom due to prevailing stereotypes
there) the Nazis made the executive decision to commit genocide to
The NSDAP executed many members of various groups, such as Jews,
homosexuals, gypsies and others exact reason for each group is up
for debate, but I'd guess a mixture of political antisemitism and
wanting to create a sense of unity among the German people by
pitting them all against the Jews.
for fun... seriously no reason he needed someone to blame for
the downfall of Germany and no body could stop him in his gov.
because he was supreme chancler and would kill you if you spoke out
First, Hitler did not only kill Jews. The Nazi's also killed
basically any race they saw as "unfit" or a political view they
opposed. The whole idea was to have a pure German race. Poles,
Jews, Russians, Gypsy, Ukrainian, Blacks where all subject to
murder and mistreatment in the hands of the Nazi's.
Hitler blamed the Jews for financial problems in Germany,
control of media, basically a scapegoat for any and all problems
the German people endured, especially after the end of the First
World War which left Germany bankrupt. What was ironic was the
German Jews who where persecuted had lived in Germany for 100's of
years and saw themselves just as much German as Jewish. They loved
their country and where dumbfounded at first by Hitler's views and
Hilter and the Nazi killed Jews because:
Hitler hated the Jews and everyone who wasn't like him!
He killed most of the Jews to 'create a better world' for
everyone or more likely for himself!!!!
Sir Arthur Keith was a British anthropologist, an atheistic
evolutionist and an anti-Nazi, but he drew this chilling
conclusion:"The German Führer, as I have consistently
maintained, is an evolutionist; he has consciously sought to make
the practice of Germany conform to the theory of
It seems to be clear from the above link that Hitler had
connections with the Roman Catholic church. At the same time it is
clear that Hitler persecuted Christians (among others) who did not
agree with him. Not all Christians were actually anti-semitic, as
true Christians realize that Jesus Christ was himself a Jew.
Jesus himself indicated that Christians were to suffer
persecution as indeed they did from the martyrdoms of Stephen and
James onwards through the Roman Emperors, the Inquisition, Hitler
and Stalin and down to this present day in China and Burma,
Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia, Nigeria and Pakistan etc. Christians
were never, even though their teaching would frequently meet
opposition and would sadly split families, to be the perpetrators
of violence. They were taught to 'turn the other cheek.' Hitler and
his Nazis specifically mocked this aspect of the Christian faith as
they saw it as a sign of weakness, definitely not part of the
'master race' they were seeking to produce.
There are therefore conclusions which may be drawn regarding the
position of the Roman Catholic church at this time. Whatever the
reasons for their position, it clearly was not Christian.
Undoubtedly Hitler was violently anti-semitic. It seems that he
drew his motivation from a number of sources.
The religious connection is interesting because the Nazis always
sought to control the churches (like most other things)
particularly because they recognized that there was potential at
least for strong opposition to arise from this source. Many church
leaders either gave in to their demands or left the country when
they saw what was coming. Others like Bonhoeffer joined the
resistance and paid the ultimate price. The infiltration of Nazi
ideology into the churches involved a radical re-interpretation of
Christian theology, Hitler himself almost becoming a messiah-like
figure to 'save' Germany.
Hitlers evolutionary motivations are also well-documented and
there is a clear connection. What is not clear is whether he
actually believed personally in the theory of evolution or whether
it was merely a vehicle to justify his hatred of the Jews and that
he therefore 'used' evolutionary theory as he 'used' the
Probably the major difference which must be noted is that
Christian theology does not justify either anti-semitism or murder,
whereas the evolutionary 'nature red in tooth and claw' and the
horrific eugenics theories which also arose from it are certainly
consistent with Darwinism as abhorrent as this may seem. The quote
from Sir Arthur Keith, himself an evolutionist, is quite honest in
because he blamed them for Germany's difficulties during post
WW1 depression,so he eventually went completely insane &
attempted to annihilate that ethnic group.
Hitler and his army actually did outright kill Jews. Places Jews
were killed include:
in their homes
in the streets
anyplace they tried to meet for religious services
in 'hiding places' such as in friends' homes
in the 'Ghetto' to where Hitler forced Jews to move
on trains to concentration camps, either by gunshot or by the
conditions on the trains, in cattle cars with no ventilation
on long marches to camps, including weaker people who couldn't
anyone who didn't obey, anywhere
at "check points" - which were all over
History tells us that Hitler began slowly, which is what many
dictators do. By slowly indoctrinating the Germans, he persuaded
many more people to agree with his views. HOWEVER, some Germans
never agreed with Hitler's politics or policies.
Please see the Related Questions which give a more complete idea
as to why Hitler did kill Jews.
He didn't kill them for power. He already had control of them
and still killed them.He thought they were an inferior race and
should be destroyed.
Adolf Hitler hated and wanted to kill the Jews because he blamed
them for the loss of the first World War. Because of Hitler, many
Jews were part of a genocide.
Hitler ordered the destruction of millions of Jews because he
was limited in his scope of human compassion. He used racist and
hurtful propaganda to brainwash millions into following his plan
for Aryan domination.
Hitler killed the Jews because he claimed that they had turned
against Germany during the First War. Also, he feared German
expansion. hitler killed the jews because he believed they were
communist, and behind the downfall of germany in WWI.
the jews saved their money, and in europe's depression, they
were the only population who flourished. this angered hitler, and
he got others to rally behind him against jews.
also, it's been said that hitler's perfect race of people, the
arian race, did not include jews, gypsies, or communists, so he had
them exterminated; hitler believed he was cleansing the world of
Hitler wanted to kill the Jewish race because he believed they
were the cause of Germany's problems. He also thought the Aryan
race was the best so there did not need to be another race
competing against them.