Unfortunately for Jewish people in Europe, they were the target of oppression for Hitler. Society stereotypes the Jewish people just as other ethnicities. Stereotypes seem to be a common way for people to view others. Germany needed a scapegoat for all the struggles they were facing and Hitler used stereotypes to give the German people a scapegoat.
Conformity and group mentality are major aspects of social influence that have governed some of the most notorious events and experiments in history. The Holocaust is a shocking example of group mentality, or groupthink, which states that all members of the group must support the group’s decisions strongly, and all evidence leading to the contrary must be ignored. Social norms are an example of conformity on a smaller scale, such as tipping your waiter or waitress, saying please and thank you, and getting a job and becoming a productive member of society. Our society hinges on an individual’s inherent need to belong and focuses on manipulating that need in order to create compliant members of society by using the ‘majority rules’ concept. This
For example, Kurt Ludecke, a Nazi Ambassador, wrote how “Hitler’s words were like a scourge. When he spoke of the disgrace of Germany, I felt ready to spring on any enemy. ” We can see from here that when Hitler put all the blame on the Jews, it was so convincing that people began to believe his ideas, support him, and began growing an enmity towards the
The answer to this question is much more complex than one might imagine. Among other theories, are ideas such as the speculation that Adolf Hitler felt some sort of animosity toward the Jewish community, however, that is a falsehood. Millions of Jews during the Holocaust and the twenty people of the Salem Witch Trials had to face: being unfairly blamed for something you did not do.. Likewise, Adolf Hitler ridded the nation of anyone considered an unpure German: Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals.
In the past, innocent people got persecuted by the hands of other individuals because of hatred. These terrible actions started because of the pure hatred, lack of knowledge, and people didn’t fight back. Since, this happened people have lost their lives for example 9/11, Pearl Harbor, and shooting that is going on. “If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate”. Nazi ideology started Propaganda causing discrimination and hate which justified genocide, which led 6.3 millions Jews killed.
With such dreadful conditions, the Jews began initiating resistance and uprisings. Even though the prisoners knew loss was unquestionable, they fought bravely and certain. The Jews wanted the future generation to know that they would never give up without a fight. The Nazi officers kept watch of the prisoners every second; the inhumanity of the guards murdered the spirit of the Jews. Because of the environment of the camps, a countless number of Jews died every day. The conditions while working in camps made resistance strenuous, yet the Jews still desired to disobey. Since a large amount of Jews resisted at work, the Nazis punished those who never meant to cause any harm. Resistance came in many forms during the Holocaust, whether it was organized
Ironically, his followers, and the race that he thought is competent and is above all the others, did not question Hitler’s teachings and did not consider whether he provided enough and logical evidences to maintain his points. They just supported him because their sense of trepidation was threatened, or perhaps they could not recognize the irrationality of his beliefs. Either way, Hitler still successfully inveigled millions of people into conforming to his ideologies, which unfortunately urged them to favor the idea of maltreating other non- Aryan races, specifically of the Jewish
In addition to this, years before the war occurred, Hitler 's name and the Nazi swastika were inevitable throughout German towns (doc 7). This endowed the strong sense of nationalism within Germans. Their minds were trained to love Hitler and the Nazi Party due to their constant exposure to his name and symbol. Also years before World War II, a German newspaper accounted the Nazi Party Nuremberg Convention in 1936. According to this article, marches and ceremonies like this occurred frequently, which shows how loyal and passionate Germans were towards their homeland (doc 8).
The average German worker had supported Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party because both Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party had appealed to what the average German workers had wanted. After World War I, Germany had experienced a hyperinflation as a result of all the war reparations. The entire German population had become crazed as they were trying to make money in order to purchase food and other basic necessities. The middle class, or the average Germans, had lost their entire life savings as the value of the German mark had decreased to the point that it was literally nothing. The German mark had become just worthless paper. “They had to sell their most precious belongings for ten [million] inflated marks to buy a bit of food or an absolutely necessary coat…”(Document
Throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the unrest and turmoil in Europe created serious tension among society. High-ranking political figures needed to find a way to calm the European population down by giving them somebody to blame for the current and developing problems, since they feared that they would be forced to take responsibility for the chaos. These leaders held the Jewish population accountable for the deteriorating quality of life in Europe, especially in regards to the economic instability.
That is the reason why we, as Nationalists and Socialists, oppose the Jew.” In this document, Joseph Goebbels, is explaining to people why the Nazis hate Jews. This evidence explains why Hitler hated Jews. The quote says that the Jews were the real cause that Germany had lost the Great War. I believe that this is one of the many reasons why Hitler hated Jews.
Using hatred as a way to rally the German population to their cause, the Nazi Party was able to advance the elimination of Jews. The anger and hate of the Jews induced fear in others who were afraid for their own safety. Fear of the Jews themselves allowed a path to anger, which would lead to hatred and the suffering of others. Yoda’s quote from Star Wars, “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger.
Propaganda, terror and repression played a significant role in the Nazi regime. Hitler used each to supplement and complement each other with the main focus to make Hitler appear a strong, powerful and all-knowing man who was in favour of the Nazi vision of the ‘national community’. This all impacted the German people by preserving support for Nazism and ensuring that the community that didn 't agree with the Nazi regime would not be heard by any
After World War I, Germany, forced to take responsibility for the war, was in political and economic turmoil. During this time, an infamous Adolf Hitler rose to power, promising a new and prosperous Germany and accused the Jewish population for causing Germany’s problems. Hitler’s rise to power marked a shift from mere discrimination to outright violence against the Jewish people (Wiener). Hitler and the Nazis proceeded to take measures to strip Jews of their rights to create a Germany free from "racially inferior" people. The 1935 Nuremberg laws banned German Jews from marrying or having relations with the German “master race” (“The Holocaust”).