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The rise of Nazism to power

The rise of Nazism to power

Dr. David Silberklang

The “Redemptive Antisemitism” of the Nazis saw the Jews as a fundamental threat to the Aryan race and to the world. The Jews, by their mere existence, were perceived by the Nazis as a disruptive element which poisons humanity and is a hazard to the existence of the natural order. This would lead to a disastrous outcome for the Jews once Hitler and the Nazi party ascended to power.

What factors brought about the Nazis rise to power? What place did antisemitism hold in it?


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