Several different theories exist that attempt to explain the motivation Adolf Hitler had for hating the Jews, ranging from the speculation that his mother died because of a Jewish doctor's incompetence or that Hitler might have even been Jewish himself, but the most recent research indicates that his hatred was an outgrowth of simple bigotry in the lower middle classes in the chaotic aftermath of World War I. That bigotry turned into a decision to make the Jews scapegoats for the loss of German glory, which snowballed into the Final Solution.Continue Reading
When World War I ended, the results were disastrous for Germany. The Treaty of Versailles limited Germany's ability to arm itself and placed crushing debts for reparations on the back of the losing side. The fledgling Weimar Republic, which took over governance after the war, struggled to maintain a solid standard of living for Germans, and anger swiftly built.
Before Hitler came to power, Jewish individuals owned about half of the banks and newspapers in Germany, as well as about 80 percent of retail stores. Almost all of the stockbrokers at the German exchange were Jewish, and over time, blaming the loss of the war on the incompetence or outright sabotage of the Jewish financiers became popular. Hitler took this further, also blaming Jews for the Russian revolution, as both Karl Marx and Leon Trotsky were Jewish. When a Soviet republic briefly flared up in Munich, Hitler saw it as the time to act, bringing down vengeance against the Jews.Learn more about World War 2
To the German people, Adolf Hitler promised many things. Chief among them was the revocation of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. Most Germans, whatever their political disposition, believed that the Treaty of Versailles had been ruthless in its punishment of Germany for its role in World War I and that the post-war Weimar government was weak, complicit or acquiescent to the terms of the treaty.Full Answer >
Adolf Hitler brought the Nazi party to prominence in Germany, initiated the Holocaust and started World War II. He was responsible for the deaths of millions, including soldiers in the war and civilians killed in Nazi concentration camps.Full Answer >
Adolf Hitler's trademark was his unique moustache style that formed a rectangle on top of his upper lip. He was of average build, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.Full Answer >
Adolf Hitler did not have a middle name. Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, in Branau am Inn, Austria.Full Answer >