The Jewish Question

jewish problem“So I believe that I act in the spirit of the Almighty God: by defending myself against the Jew. I am fighting for the work of the Lord.” Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf. 1924

‘With regard to the Jewish Question the Fuehrer is determined to make a clean sweep. He prophesized that if they brought about another world war, they would experience their annihilation. This was no empty talk. The world war is here. The annihilation of the Jews must be the necessary consequence. This question is to be viewed without sentimentality. We’re not to have sympathy with the Jews, but only sympathy with our German people. If the German people has again now sacrificed around 160,000 dead in the eastern campaign, the instigators of this bloody conflict will have to pay for it with their own lives.’
Josef Goebbels diary entry,  December 12, 1941

Although there was a long history of German anti-Semitism, Hitler took this to a different level by defining the Jews as a race and not a religious community. He characterized the effect of a Jewish presence as a “race-tuberculosis of the peoples,” and identified the initial goal of a German government to be discriminatory legislation against Jews. The “ultimate goal must definitely be the removal of the Jews altogether.” This was reflected in the multitude of laws and regulations that were introduced, placing increased restrictions on the rights and freedoms of Jewish citizens.For example, in 1938 Field Marshall Goering made a speech advocating that that “the Jews be eliminated from all positions in public life in which they may prove to be provocative.” This included schools and government positions, but also movie theatres and train compartments.

Statements by Leading Nazis on the “Jewish Question “
A Teacher’s Guide to the Holocaust

Hitler Speaks to the Reichstag on the Jewish Question
Selected Extracts from Adolf Hitler’s The Jewish Question speech, delivered before the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany – January 30, 1939.
Holocaust Education & Archive Research Team

Stenographic Report for a Portion of the Meeting on the Jewish Question under the
Chairmanship of Field Marshall Goering at the Reich Aviation Ministry on November 12,
1938, at 11 o’clock   German History in Documents and Images (GHDI)

Adolf Hitler:
On the Jewish Question
(January 30, 1939)
Jewish Virtual Library

Adolf Hitler Issues Comment on the “Jewish Question”
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

The Jewish Problem
German Propaganda Archive

The SS (Schutzstaffel):
Views on The Solution of The Jewish Question
(November 24, 1938)
Jewish Virtual Library

The “Jewish Question”: Nazi Policy 1933-1939
Museum of Tolerance Online

Hitler talks of Jewish ‘annihilation’
WW2 History

Adolf Hitler’s First Antisemitic Writing
September 16, 1919
H Net

The Jewish World Plague
by Hermann Esser
German Propaganda Archive

The Jew as World Parasite
German Propaganda Archive



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