Adolf Hitler goes from Poor Child to Dictator of Germany

Adolf Hitler's childhood had some relations to his actions in his adult life. April 20, 1889, raised in Linz, Austria, Adolf was born to Alois Hitler, an abusive father who didn't believe in any of his dreams.Unfortunately, Adolf didn't do well in school, in fact, he never finished High School.He then attempted to apply to the Academy of Fine Arts twice,but his paintings failed to have any interest. Hoping to rebuild his career as a artist, Hitler moved to Vienna after his mother passed away, whom he cherished.
His first spark of hatred toward Jews took place when his artwork showed no popularity and Hitler fell into a deep depression and felt Jews served as a threat towards Aryan race.In 1913, Hitler moved to Munich to enroll in the Austrian army, however he was declined as unfit. When World War I began, Hitler enlisted in the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment in 1914. He was a very strong- viewed solider serving on the front line. Then, in 1916, he was badly injured but remained with the regime until 1920 working as an political agent in the German Worker's Party, which he began full- time working on the propaganda unit.

The Treaty of Versailles ended World War I but it did not benefit Germany at all. The treaty stripped Germany of its power and charged them billions in war reparations, causing Germany to lose complete faith in their so-called, empire. The treaty freed land such as Luxembourg, from German control, and it also destroyed the German military by demilitarizing everything including the navy and air force. With German pride being dangerously low, the people were willing to listen to any inspiring subjects of hope towards Germany. This is where Hitler comes in and takes advantage of the German people allowing him to gain power. By 1920, Hitler transformed the German Worker's Party into the Nazi Party, targeting Jews and Communist. Attempting to gain control over the Bavarian government, Hitler led the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. This rebellion landed Hitler in jail for treason. While in jail, Hitler wrote a book, Mien Kampf, that spoke of his beliefs and visions for Germany.

After his release out of jail, Hitler had a plan to make his party much stronger by expanding with popular, well-qualified,antisemitism individuals.These people include: Josef Goebbels, Julius Streicher, Heinrich Himmier, Hermann Goering etc. Recruiting these people served as a great advantage for the Nazis party because it allowed the number of Reichstag seats to go from 12 to 107, making the Nazi party the second largest party of Germany. But, Hitler didn't stop there, he established he Sturmabeteilung ( commonly known as Brownshirts) that shut down any opposition to his party in all of Germany. In 1932, Hitler ran for president against Paul von Hindenburg, he didn't win, but the Reichstag seats were expanded again to 230 and the Nazi Party became the largest party represented with 37 percent of the vote.

Because Hitler controlled the largest party, Hindenburg assigned Hitler Chancellor in 1933. Everything Hitler had planned was coming together, now he solely worked on becoming dictator. Hitler found a way to legally end the Communist Party and put the leaders in jail. The Enabling Act allowed Hitler to have dictatorial powers for four years. This was the time when Hitler was able to do the most damage: he stripped Jews of any government job, tore down all other parties, with the exception of the Nazis of course, and made all other government offices under the party. In the summer of 1934, Hitler murdered any Nazi who was a radical an served a threat to Hitlers act of domination.

Late summer 1934, the president of Germany, Hindenburg passed away, giving Hitler presidential power. However, Hitler didn't want to be called, "president," but the fuhrer, which stood for Supreme Leader of the Third Reich. Hitler and his Nazis' were extremely antisemitic, they had an intense hatred for Jews. Therefor, Hitler had a secret police group called the Gestapo, that worked with the SS, Schutzstaffel, who replaced the Brownshirts, to send social groups that posed any threat to Germany's superiority, especially Jews, to concentration camps. Hitler came up with well-developed strategies to gain land. For example, Blitzkrieg or lightning war, was the name of one of his tactics to take over Poland by bombing them from above. He used powerful air crafts and fast tanks to destroy the government bases, railroads and major cities. On September 3, 1939 World War II officially began. Adolf Hitler went from an unsuccessful child to a Chancellor and finally the Dictator of Germany, killing enormous amounts of people in his way.

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"The German army and navy were drastically curtailed, and the air force abolished. A special tribunal was to be created to indict the former German emperor and bring the other war criminals to trial. An Allied Reparation Commission would attend to the financial compensation. Other sections discussed the status of prisoners and graves, adjustment of the German debt, and guarantees for the implementation of the treaty..."

This is an excerpt from the Treaty of Versailles. It shows Germany was stripped of their military power after World War I

"The consequence of this racial purity, universally valid in Nature, is not only the sharp outward delimitation of the various races, but their uniform character in themselves. The fox is always a fox, the goose a goose, the tiger a tiger, etc., and the difference can lie at most in the varying measure of force, strength, intelligence, dexterity, endurance,etc., of the individual specimens. But you will never find a fox who in his inner attitude might, for example, show humanitarian tendencies toward geese, as similarly there is no cat with a friendly inclination toward mice."

This is an excerpt from Hitler's book, Mein Kampf. Here he expressed that in Nature, the more superior figure can never mix with a figure less superior than itself. Meaning, Germans must stick together because they are the most superior- Germans should never mix with any other race. If so, they would bring the Germans down.


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