Like many minorities throughout history, Jews sometimes struggled to fit into the larger community. Since the Middle Ages, Jews have been seen as the “other” to Christians and often received severe treatment from the majority population. After the Enlightenment, much of this prejudice was suppressed as religion was pushed aside in favor of reason and science and Jews were often assimilated into the general society. However, in many communities across Europe, when misfortune struck, people were apt to fall back upon old prejudices and stereotypes and put the blame on the Jewish community. In Germany after World War I and during the Depression, it was easy to blame Jews for their alleged role in bringing about the collapse of German honor and the economy because of the age-old prejudice against them.
Why were Jews a target for hatred?
January 29, 2013 in