by Nazi Germany? Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy
Why were the Jews really targeted by Nazi Germany?
Religion or race superiority being the only motive never really convinced me. Is it possible that they were targeted only because they were known to have possessions (like gold) that could support the German war effort and that religion and race had in reality little to do with it?
The Jews fulfilled a need to victimize, persecute, and exterminate a specific people.
From that point of view any people would do.
'The Germans combine in the most deadly manner the qualities of the warrior and the slave. They do not value freedom themselves and the spectacle of it in others is hateful to them. Whenever they become strong, they seek their prey, and they will follow with an iron discipline anyone who will lead it.'
Winston Churchill, December 1941, quoted by C. M. White, "The Great German Nation," USA, 2005, p.134.
The Germans through their association with the Turks in Armenia and their massacres of the blacks in Southwest Africa had experience with extermination practices, logistics, and policy.
The Jews fit the bill.
The Jews were universally disliked in Germany.
Anti-Semitic literature and propaganda calling for the extermination of the Jews had been popular in Germany for a good while, almost from the beginning.
Assimilated Jews by becoming Germans had indeed infiltrated non-Germanic values to the body politic.
Another point is that perhaps we should listen to the Germans themselves.
Perhaps there was a racial hereditary element behind it all?
Indications are that the Germans in part were physical descendants of Edomites and Canaanites. These were hereditary antagonists of the Jewish People.