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JWST 240 Chapter Notes - Chapter reading: Beer Hall Putsch, Mein Kampf, Mongrel

Jewish Studies
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JWST 240

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The mass murder of the Jews was the consummation of
Hitler's fundamental political beliefs and ideological
Not until Hitler's accession to power in Germany and his
domination over Europe had the abstract idea of the final
solution became concrete and a visible reality
Nor had anti-Semitism had ever before been so
obviously a product of a system of beliefs
Hitler's ideas about the Jews were the starting place for the
elaboration of a monstrous racial ideology that would justify
mass murder
Only Hitler's followers took his ideas about Jews serious, his
opponents through his ideas were too preposterous for
serious consideration, and too irrational and lunatic to merit
analysis and rebuttal
Today, looking at Hitler's photographs it seems easy to
understand how he could have been underestimated
A racial biologist described how he saw Hitler in 1932 -
face and head: bad race, mongrel, low, receding
forehead, ugly nose, broad cheekbones, small eyes,
dark hair, facial expression of a man commanding with
full self-control but betraying insane excitement, an
expression of blissful egotism
Hitler's ideas about the Jews were are the center of his mental
world, they shaped his world view and his political ambitions,
forming his ideology for the core of the National Socialist
They determined the anti-Jewish policies of the German
dictatorship from 1933 to 1945 and they gave authority
for the murder of Jews in Europe during WWII
Mein Kampf was written by Hitler while he was in prison at
Landsberg for treason due to his organizing and unsuccessful
Munich Putsch
Reading: The Jews in Hitler's Mental World
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