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March 6th, 2009, 01:41 PM
Just how much of Hitler's rise to power was due to Anti-semitism? I mean like backers, political support in the masses and the like?
March 6th, 2009, 04:18 PM
Generally, not at all. - He was backed because he promised to be the "strong man" that many Germans thought was required.
In some areas of Germany anti-semitism was quite fashionable, in others not. It was on the rise after the war, but it was no major theme.
The major themes were: Versailles and - after 1929 - work, plus anti-communism.
March 6th, 2009, 05:14 PM
Anti-Semitism was by no means confined to the Nazis, nor was it the raison d'etre for their party. In the twenties, Jewish businessmen supported and wanted to join the party because they felt the need for strongarm regulation and were willing to overlook the anti-Semitism that appeared to them as the "shadow of the centuries." Since history is written by the winner, the exposure of the Holocaust is used to retroactively identify the Nazis with that as its primary cause, even in its early years.
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