What was the relevance of anti-semitism to Nazi Germany 1933-1945?

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The relevance of antisemitism to Nazi Germany was that it was one of the major points around which the German people coalesced.  

The Nazis were looking for ways to unify the German people.  They wanted to bring the people together as "ein Volk" behind Hitler.  One thing that could...

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The relevance of antisemitism to Nazi Germany was that it was one of the major points around which the German people coalesced.  

The Nazis were looking for ways to unify the German people.  They wanted to bring the people together as "ein Volk" behind Hitler.  One thing that could unify the people was antisemitism.  This was something that had been part of German (and other European) culture for centuries.  The Nazis used this by blaming the Jews for many of the ills that Germany faced.  

Thus, antisemitism was a way of using the Jews as scapegoats and as a rallying point for their society.

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