Are Immigrants To Trump Like Jews To Hitler?

By Donald A. Collins | 6 May 2024
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In seeking paths to power the multiple options for dictators such as Adolf Hitler start with finding targets the voters can be persuaded to hate.

Why did Hitler hate the Jews? Here is one explanation:

Hitler did not invent the hatred of Jews. He capitalized on anti-semitic ideas that had been around for a long time.

Hitler was born in Austria in 1889. He developed his political ideas in Vienna, a city with a large Jewish community, where he lived from 1907 to 1913. In those days, Vienna had a mayor who was very anti-Jewish, and hatred of Jews was very common in the city.

During the First World War (1914-1918), Hitler was a soldier in the German army. At the end of the war he, and many other German soldiers like him, could not get over the defeat of the German Empire. The German army command spread the myth that the army had not lost the war on the battlefield, but because they had been betrayed. By a ‘stab in the back’, as it was called at the time. Hitler bought into the myth: Jews and communists had betrayed the country and brought a left-wing government to power that had wanted to throw in the towel.

By blaming the Jews for the defeat, Hitler created a stereotypical enemy. In the 1920s and early 1930s, the defeated country was still in a major economic crisis. According to the Nazis, expelling the Jews was the solution to the problems in Germany.

This political message and the promise to make Germany economically strong again won Hitler the elections in 1932. After he had come to power, the laws and measures against the Jews increased all the time. It ended in the Shoah, the Holocaust, the murder of six million European Jews.

This information comes from the Anne Frank web site.

Those citizens who objected to Hitler got eliminated. The German conservative leaders thought they could control him!

Are we hearing any echoes here that apply to Trump’s behavior and his public pronouncements so far?

Trump’s outrageousness was disregarded, then submitted to by enough elected GOP representatives based on fear of losing their seats that soon his authority became dominant. Then Trump’s repeated use of intimidation by rousing extremist adherents in his MAGA crowd to attack judges, their families and others who speak out against Trump’s outrageous plans.

Here’s a bit more Hitler history about the role of Jews in his rise to power and historic tragedy from another Anne Frank article entitled “Hitler’s antisemitism. Why did he hate the Jews?”

The origin of Hitler’s hatred of Jews is not clear. In Mein Kampf, he described his development into an antisemite as the result of a long, personal struggle. Supposedly, his aversion to everything Jewish came to fruition when he was living and working as a painter in Vienna (1908-1913). Most historians believe that Hitler came up with this explanation in hindsight. He would have used it to assure people who were not yet convinced of his ideas that they would eventually see the light.

One way or another, it is clear that Hitler came into contact with antisemitic ideas at an early age. To what extent he shared them at that point, is not certain. If he was prejudiced against Jews while living in Vienna, his prejudice had not yet crystallised into a clear worldview. After all, one of the most loyal buyers of his paintings in Vienna was a Jew, Samuel Morgenstern.

Imaginative explanations

There are countless imaginative explanations for the reasons for Hitler’s antisemitism. Hitler is said to have been ashamed of his partly Jewish roots. Another explanation links his hatred of Jews to trauma caused by a poison gas attack in the First World War. Yet other theories suggest that Hitler had contracted a venereal disease from a Jewish prostitute. There are, however, no facts to support these explanations.

German nationalism and antisemitism

What we do know is that two Austrian politicians greatly influenced Hitler’s thinking. The first, Georg Ritter von Schönerer (1842-1921), was a German nationalist. He believed that the German-speaking regions of Austria-Hungary should be added to the German empire. He also felt that Jews could never be fully-fledged German citizens.

From the second, the Viennese mayor Karl Lueger (1844-1910), Hitler learned how antisemitism and social reforms could be successful. In Mein Kampf, Hitler praised Lueger as ‘the greatest German mayor of all times’. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he put similar ideas into practice.

You can read this fascinating and revolting article in full here.

Trump’s promise if reelected to use local police and National Guard to identify and arrest immigrants here illegally so they can be deported sounds ominous!

Trump talks about expelling 15 million immigrants, many of whom have likely been here for years.

As a percentage of our 340 million population, 15 million is less than five percent.

Further many immigrants, legal and illegal, are doing jobs Americans won’t.  Of course, there are unfilled job openings for many jobs and our unemployment rate continues at historically low levels.  So many of us have aged requiring the need for new workers many of whom are minorities which Trump has deemed poisonous, dangerous and other false labels completely ignoring the worldwide search by distressed migrants seeking safety not anarchy. 

Rather than express plans for such absurd repressive attempts why not use such police forces, after selectively passing a law to confiscate all MR-15s in private hands!

That US immigration law needs enacted was addressed by a bipartisan bill which has languished unenacted for decades.

The final irony for this Jew hating Hitler, which he was not alive to see, was that the main brains behind the creation of the Atomic bomb that won WWII were Jews!

Lying, intimidation and cowardice if Trump gets a 2nd tern could prove the formula for emulating and extending Hitler’s Jew hatred to include other minorities.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC, has spent over 50 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of “From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013”, “Trump Becoming Macbeth: Will our democracy survive?”, “We Humans Overwhelm Our Earth: 11 or 2 Billion by 2100?”, “What Can Be Done Now to Save Habitable Life on Planet Earth?”, “Vote”, “Can Homo Sapiens Survive?”, “Will Choice and Democracy Win?”, “Can Our U.S. Survive 8 Plus Billion of Us”, “Economic Growth: A Cancer on all Earthly Life”, “On the Precipice of Political Disaster in 2024” and “Democracy at Red State Risk”.

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