Nazi anti-Semitism and the origins of the Holocaust. Even before the Nazis came to power in Germany in 1933, they had made no secret of their anti-Semitism. As early as 1919 Adolf Hitler had written, “Rational anti-Semitism, however, must lead to systematic legal opposition.…Its final objective must unswervingly be the removal of the Jews altogether.” It was in 1942, after Lawrence-Israëls’ parents had witnessed their neighbors being hauled off in…