The Rise of Hitler and 20th Century Anti-Semitism.

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For the holocaust to work not only was anti-Semitism essential but the Nazis also needed to change and reinforce the cognitive aspect of German culture, because although it was already slightly anti-Semitic it was still not strong enough to allow for a Holocaust. To do this Hitler employed Josef Goebbels as minister of "Propaganda and Enlightenment", he was soon to become synonymous with the Nazi party.

Adolf Hitler himself was born in Austria to a civil servant, he was a slow learner and did poorly in school, and due to this his very strict farther would often beat his son. When he was old enough he went to Vienna and tried to get into to art school but was rejected, whilst Jewish painters got in (this was one of the starting blocks for his hatred). Hitler then joined the army in the First World War and was injured during a gas attack, earning him the Iron Cross.

He was then commissioned to carry out spy projects to gain information on political parties who may have been a threat to the German government. One of these parties was a German Workers Party, he found himself joining this group, drawn in by the appeal of the secrecy and anti-Semitism. Hitler became the speaker for the party in 1919 and renamed the party the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP/NAZI). One year later he declared himself the Fuhrer of the party. In 1923 Hitler attempted a coop against the Bavarian government, but he failed and was jailed for several months where he wrote "Mein Kampf" or "My Struggle" in English. The Nazis regrouped and by January 1933 Hitler was Chancellor of Germany. One month later a fire mysteriously destroyed the German parliament building Hitler passed bill after bill giving the Chancellor more...