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RACISM It IS Still Alive Today NAZISM Dozens of Political parties vied for power in the chaos that was Germany following World War I Most were small and one of the smallest was Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or the German Workers Party later to become known as the Nazi Party This tiny group of malcontents should evolve into a force that would threaten to conquer the world was due to the twisted genius of one man- Adolf HitlerHis passionate German nationalism would not allow him to embrace any philosophy that preached universal brotherhood Hitler developed his pathological hatred for Jews during this period To Hitler and to millions of others steeped in German anti-Semitism the answer was a violent no The Jews were foreign and alien they could never be German Their very presence was a threat to German purity This came as a profound awakening to Hitler He began to read anti-Semitic literature much of which reviled Jews in sordid pornographic terms He came to believe that Jews were at the bottom of everything wrong with society In 1913 Hitler left Vienna for Munich the capitol of the German state of Bavaria Over time and through connections and invitations Hitler became the seventh member of the board of the DAP short for the German Workers Party The thirty year old former vagrant had found the vehicle though which he would impose his radical views across two continents The small party- soon to be known as the nazis-had found its leader who would make the partys name synonymous with the HolocaustAlthough the party was according to its name a party for the working class most of the membership came from the middle class and were between twenty five and thirty five years old Many were former soldiers who came home without a profession Of these many were violent by nature and were attracted by the prospect of
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