posted on Jun, 22 2010 @ 05:33 PM
There are many truths in all these posts, and it is not an an easy query to answer, since the reasons are not singular or divorced from others.
What is even stranger is that the build-up to the holocaust happened over a dozen or so years (late 1920s), but the Shoar proper was only decided upon
as a policy at Wannsee (January 1941). The Jews in what became Germany (mainly Germany and Austria) numbered about half-a-million, and the bulk of the
victims came from the occupied East or the Balkans, often deported with eager support from local segments of the populace.
The situation by the early 1930s worldwide encouraged eugenics, and anti-Semitism was widespread. It was not unique to Germany. Some say Hitler
already spelled out his "final solution" (from Wannsee, in German "die Endloesung") in "Mein Kampf". However, although it is certainly
anti-Semitic and talks about "removal" I cannot say this for sure. Even during the holocaust propaganda made people think that the Jews were being
resettled elsewhere, so only a limited amount of people had proof of the camps.
What is known is that Germany suffered the effects of hyper-inflation during the Weimar period, and other unfair punishments for World War I. The
bankers were seen as the "enemy" and traditional notions, as well as conspiracies viewed the Jews as the face of commerce. It is significant how
prejudice defines and creates its own prey: first Jews were seen as rich parasites, but when they were ghettoized they were seen as filthy and
diseased. So anti-Semitic discourse changed constantly during the holocaust, according to the situation into which Jews were forced.
Of course, neither discourse was new to Europe. Traditional anti-Semitism including Catholic forms and that of Martin Luther might include:
- Jews were "outsiders" since pagan times in Greece and Rome, because they refused to worship the local gods. The church eventually divides itself
from the Jewry of its early founders by embracing former pagan holidays, the Sunday Sabbath and labelling Jews as "Christ killers". Websites still
exist which claim that Jewish magicians sacrificed children on Easter and other holidays as an addition to the "Blood Libel".
- Jews were employed as tax-collectors and money lenders, alienating them from the populace, and making them scapegoats for hated despots.
- Jews were seen as the cause of the Bubonic plague, making them victims of particularly nasty pogroms, and resulting in a major exodus of Ashkenazim
from Western Europe to Poland and the East.
- From a long history of crusades that conflated both Muslims and Jews as "infidels", Spain expels its Jewish population, unless they convert to
Catholicism. Converted Jews are subject to the "reconquista" and Inquisition, led by Torquemada, ironically himself from converted stock.
- Eugenics claim that the "wickedness of the Jewry" cannot be cured by conversion, and the Jew becomes a physical type rather than a religious
"problem". This is the real start of the holocaust, which regards the Jews as a race. The radical theories of Freud, Jewish artists, Einstein or
Karl Marx are posited as evidence of their "toxic influence". World War I is blamed on the Germans, who in turn blame the "enemy within" - the
This was the milieu within which the Nazis rose to power. However other historians add psychological factors amongst the Nazis themselves. At the time
Jews were very intermarried with the Germans. After the Nuremberg Race Laws (1935) it became quite an obsession to distinguish various types of
"Mishchlinge", or people of mixed blood. It appears as if the Aryan could only define itself against something else. I mean what's the point of
being "special" or "superior" if you can't showcase an "inferior" as a counter-point?
What's worse is that several of the top Nazis were far from Aryan stereotypes. This may be conjecture, but Eichman had a Jewish cousin. Hitler was
rumoured to have a Jewish grandparent, and the whole town of Doellersheim was allegedly shelled into oblivion to destroy the birth records.
Some argue that Hitler was very attached to his mother, who died under the care of a Jewish doctor (although other sources say that Hitler helped this
doctor to escape). Whatever the case, there are arguments that the reasons were partly and intensely personal.
A lot of current conspiracy would claim that without the holocaust the Zionists would never have created Israel, and in that view the Nazis were just
a means to an end.
It remains true though that the world was extremely anti-Semitic (and few countries wanted Jewish refugees). Whatever the Nazis had planned from the
start is unsure, but it goes to show how quickly prejudice can snowball into full-blown murder.
For myself it seems significant that the Nazis destroyed any movemnt that had, or threatened to have occult power, which reminds me of many current
mass movements who claim that supernatural power only comes from them, or it is forbidden and wicked.
(I think Jews, gypsies, psychics, homosexuals, Freemasons, even some Christians are all connected by mystecism in various texts - as such they were
"rivals" to Nazi occult studies.)
[edit on 22-6-2010 by halfoldman]