Adolf Hitler, The Jews, And Mimetic Theory Essay
814 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
Although raised in a Catholic home, Adolf Hitler may be more of a charismatic opportunist than a religious zealot. However, his strong persona allowed him to employ a quasi-Christian view to set in motion the atrocities of the Holocaust. His tactic centered on turning the people against their Jewish brothers and sisters. The German Jews were contributing citizens in Germany, many of whom were educated and business owners. Hitler viewed the "chosen people" not worthy of that title nor German citizenship, thus, Hitler used centuries of Jewish/Catholic friction and perceived economic inequality to leverage the German population against the Jews, resulting in the murder of millions of Jews in Germany and throughout Europe. Mimetic Theory correctly reveals how Adolf Hitler was able to turn German citizens against their Jewish countrymen and beyond their borders.
To fully understand how Hitler was able to convince the German people to betray their Jewish population, the history of the Jewish and German relationship must first be known. The existence of Jews in Germany was not isolated to the early twentieth century; according to records, the Jewish existence in Germany can be traced back to the first two centuries of the Common Era (Marcus 68). Constantine the Great created laws that established a variety of municipal responsibilities required of Roman Jewish Citizens in Germany (Marcus 68). The Roman control of Germany came to an end,…