Why Did Adolf Hitler Kill Jewish People?

12/3/2013 • Ask Mr. History

Why did Adolf Hitler kill Jewish people?


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Entire books have been written on this matter, and it is still debated as to how much of that hatred was Adolf Hitler’s own and how much was he just pandering to the reviving hatred that had been in the German people (and a good many other European Christians) since medieval times. We know Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich took the whole thing seriously (and unfortunately were in the best positions to do something about it), but one thing is certain—Hitler did not “kill the Jewish people” all by himself. And neither did the Germans!



Jon Guttman
Research Director
World History Group
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