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Adolf Hitler.

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We can see picture's of Adolf Hitler below: Adolf Hitler was born in Austria, in 1889. He was born into a troubled household. When he was younger he dreamed of becoming an artist yet these dreams were crushed when he was turned away from the arts college in which he attended going. After this even in Hitler's life, he started to listen to the mayor of Vienna at that time, who was called Luegar. Luegar was a Nazi, who had very anti- Semitic views; this seems to be the logical answer for Hitler and his problems. Hitler planned to get rid of the Jews from the very beginning; we can see this from a letter in which he wrote to Josef Hell in 1922, "If I am ever in power the destruction of the Jews will be my first and most important job. As soon as I have power I shall have gallows erected then the Jews will be hanged one after another and will stay hanging until they stink." Also whilst in prison Hitler wrote a book called Mien Kampf. In this book Hitler made his hatred for the Jews clear. References to the "filthy Jew" litter the book. In one section, Hitler wrote about how the Jews planned to "contaminate" the blood of pure Germans: "The Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end.......spying on the unsuspicious German girl he plans to seduce..........He wants to contaminate her blood and remove her from the bosom of her own people. ...read more.

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Meanwhile, during school children studied a new type of history. The great engine for change in human affairs was no longer economics but race. The history they were taught was a constant process of racial struggle, in which the enemy of all races, sapping the vitality of host nations and producing chaos and misery, was the scrounging Jew. Below we see a picture showing us 'The Biological Theory'. The teacher shows this using a chart purporting to outline the scientific bases for legalized racism. It shows that a German is superior to a Jew, and it is wrong to breed between higher and lower species. Hitler did this as he blamed the Jews for all the misfortunes that had befallen Germany. So throughout the period 1933 to 1939, many laws were passed by Nazi's to further discriminate against the Jews, and to separate them from "Pure Germans" and the 'normal life in Germany'. This started as restricting their job opportunities, so that "Pure Germans" could benefit from an increase in business. For example a law that was passed in early 1933 is that Jews were forced out of jobs in the law, the civil service, dentistry, journalism, teaching and farming. This means that Jews are being discriminated against to benefit others. Also another law was passed in September 1935, this law stated that " Only a National of Germany or similar blood, who proves by his behaviour that he is willing and able loyally to serve the German people and Reich is a citizen of the Reich.". ...read more.

Conclusion

10,000 shops owned by Jews were destroyed and their contents stolen. Homes and synagogues were set on fire and left to burn. The fire brigades showed their loyalty to Hitler by assuming that the buildings would burn down anyway, so why try to prevent it? A huge amount of damage was done to Jewish property but the Jewish community was ordered to pay a one billion mark fine to pay for the eventual clear-up. Jews were forced to scrub the streets clean. In the immediate aftermath of Krystalnacht, an anonymous German wrote to the British Consul in Cologne stating that "The German people have nothing whatsoever to do with these riots and burnings." Christopher Isherwood, a British writer living in Germany, witnessed the arrest of a Jew in a cafe by the SA where everybody simply looked away - but to create a scene would have provoked a violent response from those doing the arresting. The fear of the concentration camps was such that most felt compelled to remain silent despite the fact that they did not approve of what was going on. We can see Hitler came to power as Germany was searching for an answer to this problem and they found it in Adolf Hitler. Once Hitler had gained this power he used every method possible to make sure no that in Germany it would only contain "pure Germans." ?? ?? ?? ?? Joanne Harrison History Coursework Mrs Pickering ...read more.

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