In six pages this paper discusses the origins of anti Semitism in prewar Germany in a consideration of the contributions to this movement by Ernst Hiemer, Daniel Frymann, and Heinrich von Treitschke. Five sources are cited in the bibliography.
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When we consider the topic of anti-Semitism in pre-war Nazi Germany our minds immediately jump to Adolf Hitler and his notorious views of what should be
done with the Jewish people. Many in our contemporary society prefer to acquaint anti-Semitism in Germany as strictly a Nazi phenomena. In actuality, anti-Semitic emotion was deeply ingrained
in portions of the German society long before the arrival of the Nazi party. While Hitler might indeed epitomize anti-Semitism he was preceded and joined by many other noteworthy
individuals in propagating that Anti-Semitism well before the reign of the Nazi Third Reich. Hitler only served as the mouthpiece which fanned the flames of the deeply ingrained hatred
of Jews that characterized far too great a proportion of pre-war Nazi Germany. Politically influential men like Heinrich von Treitschke, Daniel Frymann (aka Heinrich Class) and Ernst Hiemer epitomized
this ingrained hatred. While the period known as the Jewish Enlightenment had seen many advancements for the Jewish people von Treitschke, Class and Hiemer managed to use their political
influence to largely overcome those advances and to call back into play the age old hatred of the Jews which had characterized much of Germany for centuries.
In the span of time following the Protestant Reformation Jews had begun to make numerous inroads into overcoming the deep prejudices which had haunted them for
centuries. With the arrival of the Jewish Enlightenment in the seventeenth century and the emancipation allowed under Napoleonic rule in the nineteenth century they had indeed achieved at least
political footing in a world which had always kept them politically subdued (Gallagher, 1991). These developments, although they allowed little social equality, would result in the emergence of many