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Why the Jews People frequently ask why the Jews were the target of the Holocaust or why the Holocaust happened The first is an easy question to answer Jews were the targets of the Holocaust because Hitler hated Jews and blamed them for all of the problems in the world He especially blamed them for Germanys loss of World War I Hitler told the German people that they could have won the first war if Germany had not been stabbed in the back by the Jews and their conspirators Hitlers hatred of Jews is known as antisemitism It has a long history in Europe and the United States There were many antisemites in Europe just as there were many racists in the United States who opposed civil rights for Afro-Americans Hitlers hatred of Jews was so profound that several of his biographers have called it an obsession Albert Speer who was a close confidante to Hitler wrote in 1977 The hatred of the Jews was Hitlers driving force and central point perhaps even the only element that moved him The German people German greatness the Reich all that meant nothing to him in the final analysis Thus the closing sentence of his Testament sought to commit us Germans to a merciless hatred of the Jews after the apocalyptic downfall I was present in the Reichstag session of January 30 1939 when Hitler guaranteed that in the event of another war the Jews not the Germans would be exterminated This sentence was said with such certainty that I would never have doubted his intent of carrying through with it The second question is harder to answer While Hitlers hatred was the motivating factor of the Holocaust we are not sure why it was allowed to progress to the extermination of the Jews and the others that Hitler hated Hitler was helped in his planning of the Holocaust by the fact that antisemitism
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