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The explanation of the Nazis' implacable hatred of the Jew rests on their distorted world view which saw history as a racial struggle. They considered the Jews a race whose goal was world domination and who, therefore, were an obstruction to Aryan dominance. They believed that all of history was a fight between races which should culminate in the triumph of the superior Aryan race. Therefore, they considered it their duty to eliminate the Jews, whom they regarded as a threat. Moreover, in their eyes, the Jews' racial origin made them habitual criminals and born subversives who could never be rehabilitated and were, therefore, hopelessly corrupt and inferior.

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The Jews had already been demonized. There is no doubt that other factors contributed toward Nazi hatred of the Jews and their distorted image of the Jewish people. These included the centuries-old tradition of Christian antisemitism which propagated a negative stereotype of the Jew as a Christ-killer, agent of the devil, and practitioner of witchcraft. Also significant was the political antisemitism of the latter half of the nineteenth and early part of the twentieth centuries, which singled out the Jews as a threat to the established order of society. These combined to point to the Jews as a target for persecution and ultimate destruction by the Nazis.

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These stereotypes were prevalent in many countries, so it is necessary to explain why they became potent and more intense in Germany in a way that was not the case elsewhere.

For this one must turn to the 'stab-in-the-back legend', which claimed that Germany had not been militarily defeated in World War 1 but brought down by (mainly Jewish) subversives on the home front. This went hand in hand with the belief the the Jews were Communists (and that Communism was somehow a specifically Jewish ideology).

The original plan was to expel the Jews from Germany. One needs to bear in mind that the decision to exterminate the Jews dates from 1941, and was probably triggered by the fact that the Nazis had made their self-inflicted 'Jewish problem' more difficult by invading Poland (which had a large Jewish population) and by then isolating them in such a way that most of them became of only marginal economic usefulness to the Nazi conquerors.

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What group did the Nazis single out for extermination?

Jews were marked for extermination, but they were not exactly 'singled out', as before this the Nazis had murdered the disabled and after this the Nazis would kill the gypsies.


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In 1939/1940 the first mass deportation of Jews were sent to the Extermination camp.


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The extermination of 6 million Jews and 5 million non-Jews?

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Germany was already an anti-semetic country. After the treaty of Versailles, Germany was left with nothing. Hitler reached a hand to Germany and told them he would help them rise up as a country. Hitler quickly scapegoated the Jews for all of Germany's problems because they were an easy target, and at that point, people were willing to believe anything.


How many Jews were killed at the extermination camps?

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Extermination!


What was the hollercourse?

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Who ordered the extermination of the Jews?

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What groups did the nazi single out for extermination?

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What two groups other than Jews who were singled out for the final Solution?

Homosexuals, Gypsies and people who helped the Jews.


Did Hitler burn the Jews?

Millions of Jews were gassed and cremated at the extermination (death) camps.


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