The Rise of Anti-Semitism in Germany Essay

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Before the nineteenth century anti-Semitism was largely religious, based on the belief that the Jews were responsible for Jesus' crucifixion. It was expressed later in the Middle Ages by persecutions and expulsions, economic restrictions and personal restrictions. After Jewish emancipation during the enlightenment, or later, religious anti-Semitism was slowly replaced in the nineteenth century by racial prejudice, stemming from the idea of Jews as a distinct race. In Germany theories of Aryan racial superiority and charges of Jewish domination in the economy and politics in addition with other anti-Jewish propaganda led to the rise of anti-Semitism. This growth in anti-Semitic belief led to Adolf Hitler's rise to power and eventual …show more content…
Although in the next elections the party didn't get as much votes away from the Liberals as they wanted to, with the anti-socialist bill being passed the Liberals suffered a blow they would never be able to recover from.

Still for the Party to flourish it would have to get more support than from just the workers. Stocker had to get the support of artisans, traders, shopkeepers who also had reason to be discontent with Liberalism and the important thing was that unlike the workers, they were susceptible to anti-Semitism. So when they stated to replace the workers at meetings, Stocker made his party an overtly anti-Semitic one. Although he didn't believe in the revocation of emancipation and respected the Jews as fellow citizens, he firmly held that no Jew could be a leader of the Christian workers in either a religious or economic way. He saw the Jewish question as neither merely racial nor merely religious, it was "sozil-ethisch". Stocker has made a new kind of anti-Semitism, one that is a combination of religious and racial anti-Semitism.

Ernst Henrici who said, "The religion of the Jews is a racial religion" opposed Stocker's solution of the conversion of Jews to Christianity. He followed in the footsteps of racial propagandist Marr and the Antsemiten-Liga. Henrici formed the Soziale Reichspartei in 1881. He argued that there was no need to give up