Similarities between the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazi Party Essay

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Since the beginning of time, history has seen countless amounts of prejudices and years filled with hatred- some happenings of which were not recorded, and others of which were too atrocious to leave out of the pages of time. Because history has been recorded as accurate as possible, evidence proves that history repeats itself. The Ku Klux Klan of the 19th century and the infamous Nazi Party in Germany of the early 1900s are an example of the repetition of growing prejudices throughout history. Although the main targets of each group differed, both were unjust to the minority in their country and used extreme actions to achieve what they believed was just; their beliefs and rituals were important factors that lead to the death of millions …show more content…
Half a century after the rise of the KKK, a similar group was forming in Munich, Germany during the First World War. A small group of un-noticed politicians started, what they called, the German Workers’ Party (Deutsche Arbeiter Partei in German), and because the formation of new political groupings was the norm in the revolutionary Bavaria republic, this new group showed hardly any potential. With no structure, political organization, or financial support, the DAP could have never been guessed to be the major political force in four years (Rempel). In September 1919, Adolf Hitler joined the DAP and demanded there be a structured organization of the party and, along with his political perseverance, he brought his beliefs.
Anti-Semitism- that is the phrase that caused 12 million deaths in Europe; it is the prejudice or discrimination against the Jewish faith. Hitler learned this term on his trip to Vienna from Mayor Karl Lueger who pressed for the Christian Social Party; this must have been an influence for Hitler’s passion for the Nazi Social Party. Because the only newspaper that seemed logical to him was an anti-Semitism based print, Hitler grew to see in that point of view (Hitler). Once in power in 1934, Hitler and his party, now called the Nazi Socialist Party, were the majority of members in the Reichstag- the German government. The Nazi beliefs expanded from anti-Semitism to prejudice against all

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