What Were the Causes of the Holocaust?

The causes of the Holocaust date back to anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism existed in Europe from the earliest days of Christianity, and the long-standing belief that Jews in ancient Jerusalem were responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus. Because of religious and cultural practices which kept Jews away from other Europeans, Jews were viewed as an ‘other’ (despite the fact that they lived in parts of Europe as long as Europeans had, having dispersed throughout the Roman empire in the first century A.D.). During the tough economic times of the worldwide depression of the 1930s, Adolf Hitler was able to tap into anti-Semitism as part of his ploy to take dictatorial powers.