Argumentative Essay: Do Jews Deserve Equal Rights?

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For over a thousand years before the Holocaust erupted throughout Europe, hatred for the Jewish community had been building. The Jewish community had been under attack for many different reasons, most of which were rumors and false accusations that haunted the Jewish faith for years. When mentioning hatred for the Jewish community one man comes in mind. This man is known as Adolf Hitler, the leader of the National Socialists German Workers Party, whose goal was to annihilate the people of the Jewish religion. Hitler’s hatred for these people was rooted in pure ignorance and a lack of understanding when it came to their culture and religious practices. With saying that, this article will discuss how anti-Semitism had an impact on Europe, …show more content…
With saying that, they were still under attack from the outside world. For example, in 1819 riots broke out in Germany known as the Hep-hep Riots. These riots were pogroms that were caused by two authors debating over whether Jews should have the same rights as everyone else. This lit a fire in the non-Jewish community that caused them to destroy Jewish towns and murder innocent people. This atrocity brought the debated point to life; do Jews deserve equal rights? And what makes them different from the rest of the world population? These arguments opened the doors for scientific racism to come crashing down on the Jewish community. In the late 19th Century scientific racism toward Jews began to run rampant. The main argument that came out of this, from men like Wilhelm Marr, was that White or European Races were more intelligent and superior. Marr argued that Jews were biologically inferior to whites, or Christians. This ideology exploded across Europe causing people to want to: put Jews back in ghettos, deport them to somewhere else, and even eliminate them entirely, which we would come to …show more content…
One man in particular, Adolf Hitler, would come to power and implement devastating consequences on so called inferior people. Hitler was a native-born Austrian who came from a middle-class family with an abusive father. While he was growing up he decided he wanted to attend the Vienna Art Center in hopes of becoming an artist. He decided to follow his dream, pack his bags, and move to Vienna. Unfortunately, after applying to the Art Institute, he was denied and forced to live on the streets of Vienna until he could acquire the funds to travel back home. While Hitler was in Vienna he came across the first immigrant Jews, which he wrote about in Mein Kampf while serving his jail sentence. From the moment he saw his first Easter European Jew he became obsessed with them. He claims that he spent weeks and sometimes months studying them and wondering if these people were German (Botwinick, 124). He began to form what seems like anxiety and paranoia towards Jews. He claims that “Wherever I went, I began to see Jews, and the more I saw, the more sharply they became distinguished in my eyes from the rest of humanity” (Botwinick, 124). This is the point in his life where he really becomes obsessed with the Jewish community and starts to bring old myths and false accusations back to

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