To what extent did Nazi anti-Semitism stem from historical European anti-Semitism

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Introduction Beginning in 1920 in the form of propaganda on the side of typical consumer items and lasting all the way until mid-1945, Nazi anti-Semitism had been a prominent characteristic of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party). Nazi anti-Semitism has often been considered an anomaly from the anti-Semitism that Europe had traditionally practiced, because of its deliberate execution of the Jewish Question and the horrific cruelty that took place during the Holocaust. It is no question that Nazi anti-Semitism was remembered for its unmatched hatred of the Jews; however, the influence from European anti-Semitism in the medieval times was heavy. The Nazis’ adoption of the “Jew badge”…show more content…
“Aryan” was merely a description of one the higher class races in Europe: the Indo-Europeans. The book Thus Spoke Zarathrustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche is responsible for the coining of the word Übermensch to represent an “overseer” figure. His principles were based on the idea that the Übermensch symbolized the phase of humanity in which one person achieves immortal characteristics. It has been proposed that Nietzsche’s ideology parallels the interests of the Enlightenment through its emphasis on individualism. What made his ideas stand out was his denial of the necessity of a God. He took the stance that the Übermensch’s “superior above all” mentality would see no room to benefit from a deity and therefore enforce his own regulations upon the population. The nineteenth century saw the rise of the concept of race and pseudoscience. Until the Industrial Revolution and the boom of technological developments, people had been judged by their ethnic ancestries and their financial conditions alone. The public’s popular opinion at the time was the idea of a strong correlation between one’s race and his of her potential for intellectual greatness. They were of an era in which the educated European population believed arguments which proposed that physical features on a person’s body were somehow directly related to level of intelligence; perhaps this wide acceptance of irrational ideas is due to the rapidly growing scientific advancements being made in the Western

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