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The Influential Ideas Behind Hitler’s Actions.

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Amina Qureshi World Studies II-per. 2 May 4th, 2003 The Influential Ideas Behind Hitler's Actions Adolf Hitler, the man who posed the century's greatest threat to democracy by starting World War II. He left a mark on the latter two thirds of the century and is still influencing people today, in both good and bad ways. Reasons for this choice of essay are both simple and straightforward. It has always been dumbfounding that such an insignificant man could possibly have gained so much influential power. In 1933, Hitler became the dictator of Germany and ordered the extermination of 6 million Jews, an atrocity known as "The Final Solution." However, this figure is probably an understatement, as it is reasonable to assume that plenty more Jews were killed because there was no real census to count the Jews pre-World War II. To best understand the reasons for Hitler's actions, one must read "Mein Kampf," since it is the most accurate and precise evidence, since it was written by Adolf Hitler himself. Hitler gained support from the Germans for his deadly ventures and had many reasons of his own, both substantial and trivial for wanting to exterminate the whole Jewish race. To understand why Hitler wanted to rid Germany, and furthermore, the world of Jews, one must understand the social and political climate of Germany before and during Hitler's rise to power. ...read more.

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Jewish accounts in big banks are accurate, considering that the majority of the Jews were too poor to have accounts in Swiss banks. The majority of the European population was poor, and the Jews were no exception. Ancient Polish literature (Orzeszkowa and others) abounds in description of Jewish misery." On a personal standpoint, it is acknowledged that the Jews were no different than the rest of the races living in Europe when it came to poverty. However, out of the few Jews that did become rich and were money lenders and bank owners, Hitler resented. Hitler was a fervent supporter of the Imperial form of government. So when Hitler was in the hospital and heard the news of Germany's defeat in World War I and its change of government from a monarchy to a republic, he became angry and his hatred for Jews was fortified. He felt that the Jews had influenced The Treaty of Versailles, which basically stated that Germany caused World War I to start with initially. Hitler reassured the Germans by telling them that they did not really lose the war, but it was just the Jews who had sabotaged the Germans at home by stealing their jobs and creating oppressing money markets, thus, providing a scapegoat for Hitler's ideas and actions. According to Hitler, every aspect of The Treaty of Versailles was substandard. ...read more.

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In his eyes, Jews were practically useless and solely existed to undermine the German populations. Hitler realized that they could not be used as manpower, as it would be too expensive. And so, the first ideas of "the Final Question" first formed in his head and were later carried out by thousands of henchmen. The social and political state that Germany was in pre-World War I was an extremely poor one and the masses were desperate. Hitler took advantage of the situation and used propaganda, such as his book, "Mein Kampf" to sway the crowds into accepting that his beliefs were the right ones. By exterminating the Jews and other minorities, or even simply anyone that was not of pure German blood, Hitler had the ridiculous idea of creating his "Aryan race." Starting from little things, such as seeing successful Jewish art students in Munich, to greater things such as realizing the importance of Jews from an economic viewpoint, Hitler formed ideas about the Jewish race being "sub-human social outcasts." It is absolutely irrelevant how many reasons Hitler had to justify his ideas and actions. No reason can justify the performance of genocide, or the extermination of an entire racial group, for any amount of reasons, as Hitler clearly failed to recognize and thus perhaps even lead Germany to lose World War II. Word Count: 1238 ...read more.

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