Updated December 2007
HITLER and the NAZIS
A WILD AND CRAZY "THEORY" ON THE ORIGIN OF HITLER'S FANATIC ANTI-SEMITISM - Remember, anti-semitism was common place in both Europe and America. Such "explanations" on the origins of Hitler's fanatical hatred of the Jews are "questionable" at best. Please, read the following "explanation" as only one of the many examples of crazy ideas floating around out there!
Although prejudice toward the Jews had existed in Europe for hundreds of years, Rudolph Binion, in his book Hitler Among the Germans suggested that Hitler's fanatical hatred of the Jews partially stemmed from a particular incident. Hitler's adored mother, Klara, became very ill with breast cancer. She was treated by a Jewish doctor named Eduard Bloch. The accepted treatment at the time was with iodaform(a form of iodine) which was very painful and could be toxic. Despite the treatment, Klara died on Dec. 21, 1907. On December 24th(Christmas Eve), Hitler went to thank Bloch for doing all he could to help his mother. However, Dr. Bloch handed Hitler his bill which amounted to 10% percent of Klara's estate. According to Binion, this incident cemented in Hitler's subconscious a stereotype associated with Jews. At this time, Hitler's bitter hatred of the Jews begins to develop.
Binion made the following comparisons in Hitler's development of his hatred of the Jews:
Dr. Bloch --> Alois Hitler(Adolf's cruel father) --> Austria
Iodaform --> Poison Gas(World War I) --> Zyklon B(gas used in camps)
Jew --> Poisoner --> Cancer --> Destroy Germany
Klara --> Germany --> MOTHERLAND(this is how Hitler referred to Germany)
According to Binion, Hitler was defending his mother(Germany) against Cancer(Jews). Hitler said, "The Jews are a Cancer on the breast of Germany".
This is simply a theory and not fact, but Binion's work does offer some interesting information on Hitler.
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