The Influence Of Martin Luther On Hitler 's Anti Semitic Views

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Ryan Kubiak Dr. Carney History 121 6 March 2015 The Influence of Martin Luther on Hitler’s Anti-Semitic Views Martin Luther and Adolf Hitler, although never being on the Earth at the same time, shared similar beliefs and ideologies when it came to the Jewish people in their societies. In his work “On Jews and Their Lies,” Martin Luther called the Jew, “rejected and condemned people.” He called for people to burn their synagogues, destroy their homes, take their prayer books, and suggested that all their cash, gold, and silver be taken from them for “safekeeping.” Hitler in his 1923 book Mein Kampf echoed many of the views put forth by Luther, saying, “The mightiest counterpart to the Aryan race is the Jew.” While these two men were separated by multiple centuries, it is clear that Luther’s work had a profound effect on Hitler. Why did Martin Luther’s work have such an influence on the man who spearheaded what many consider to be the darkest time for mankind? Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany. He was considered an incredible scholar and was pursuing a degree in law up until he decided in 1505 to join the monastery. Luther became a priest in 1507 and soon after pursued a doctorate in theology, which he received in 1512. Luther began to formulate his own opinions on events and some contradicted the Catholic Church. Luther eventually left the Catholics to form the Lutheran Church. Luther thought that he could easily persuade people of other
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