Have you ever waged war against America? No, well Adolf Hitler has. He was a pretty horrible guy. This essay will focus mostly on why Hitler was as bad as he was and what exactly he did that was so bad. There’s no doubt that Hitler was a terrible guy and killed over 6 million jews. Without further ado let’s take a step into Hitler’s childhood.
Hitler was born on April 20th, 1889 in Austria Hungary. His parents were Alois Hitler and Klara Plozl.
Hitler had six siblings though only Hitler and a single sister would survive to become adults. His father was abusive to the entire family. When Hitler’s father died in 1903 he dropped out of school and moved to Vienna to become a painter. When he got there however he worked as a menial laborer he applied for the Fine Arts Academy twice but was denied both times. Hitler credited himself with the first anti-Semitic thoughts when he was in Vienna.
In 1908 Hitler’s mom died of breast cancer and he spent the next four years selling watercolor postcards and living in a homeless shelter. In 1913 he took inheritance of his father’s possessions and moved to Munich. He volunteered to serve in the German military. Hitler was a decorated soldier in WWI and was furious with the outcome. This led to him joining what is now known as the Nazi party and he started his climb to the top of the ranks. That is the gist of Hitler’s childhood and early adulthood.
Now I’m going to go in-depth about Hitler during the war. He was chancellor from January 30, 1933, and, after President Paul von Hindenburg’s death, assumed the twin titles of Führer and chancellor Hitler started WWII because he had a desire for territorial expansion. In November 1923, Hitler organized Bavarian nationalists under a figurehead of General Ludendorff into a coup (or “putsch”). They declared their new government in a beer hall in Munich; a group of 3,000 marched through the streets, but they were met by police who opened fire, killing 16. Hitler was arrested in 1924 and used his trial to spread his name and his ideas widely. He was sentenced to just five years in prison, a sentence often described as a sign of tacit agreement with his views. Hitler served only nine months in prison, during which he wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle), a book outlining his theories on race, Germany, and Jews. It sold five million copies by 1939. Only then, in prison, did Hitler come to believe he was destined to be a leader. The man who thought he was paving the way for a German leader of genius now thought he was the genius who could take and use power.
After the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler resolved to seek power through undermining the Weimar government system, and he carefully rebuilt the NSDAP, or Nazi, party, allying with future key figures like Goering and propaganda mastermind Goebbels. Over time, he expanded the party’s support, partly by exploiting the fears of socialists and partly by appealing to everyone who felt their economic livelihood threatened by the depression of the 1930s. Over time, he gained the interest of big business, the press, and the middle classes. Nazi votes jumped to 107 seats in the Reichstag in 1930. It’s important to stress that Hitler wasn’t a socialist. The Nazi party that he was molding was based on race, not the idea of socialism, but it took a good few years for Hitler to grow powerful enough to expel the socialists from the party. Hitler didn’t take power in Germany overnight and took years for him to take full power of his party overnight.
In 1932, Hitler acquired German citizenship and ran for president, coming in second to von Hindenburg. Later that year, the Nazi party acquired 230 seats in the Reichstag, making them the largest party in Germany. At first, Hitler was refused the office of Chancellor by a president who distrusted him, and a continued snub might have seen Hitler cast out as his support failed. However, factional divisions at the top of government meant that thanks to conservative politicians believing they could control Hitler, he was appointed chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933. Hitler moved with great speed to isolate and expel opponents from power, shutting trade unions and removing communists, conservatives, and Jews. Later that year, Hitler perfectly exploited an act of arson on the Reichstag, which some believe the Nazis helped cause to begin the creation of a totalitarian state, dominating the March 5 elections thanks to supporting from nationalist groups. Hitler soon took over the role of president when Hindenburg died and merged the role with that of the chancellor to become führer of Germany.
Hitler continued to move with speed in radically changing Germany, consolidating power, locking up “enemies” in camps, bending culture to his will, rebuilding the army, and breaking the constraints of the Treaty of Versailles. He tried to change the social fabric of Germany by encouraging women to breed more and bringing in laws to secure racial purity; Jews were particularly targeted. Employment, high elsewhere in a time of depression, fell to zero in Germany. Hitler also made himself head of the army, smashed the power of his former brownshirt street warriors, and expunged the socialists fully from his party and his state. Nazism was the dominant ideology. Socialists were the first in the death camps.
Hitler believed he must make Germany great again through creating an empire and engineered territorial expansion, uniting with Austria in an Anschluss and dismembering Czechoslovakia. The rest of Europe was worried, but France and Britain were prepared to concede limited expansion with Germany, taking within it the German fringe. Hitler, however, wanted more. It was in September 1939, when German forces invaded Poland, that other nations took a stand and declared war. This was not unappealing to Hitler, who believed Germany should make itself great through war, and invasions in 1940 went well. Over the course of that year, France fell and the Third Reich expanded. However, his fatal mistake occurred in 1941 with the invasion of Russia, through which he wished to create lebensraum, or “living room.” After initial success, German forces were pushed back by Russia, and defeats in Africa and West Europe followed as Germany was slowly beaten.
During the last years of the war, Hitler became gradually more paranoid and divorced from the world, retreating to a bunker. As armies approached Berlin from two directions, Hitler married his mistress Eva Braun and on April 30, 1945, he killed himself. The Soviets found his body soon after and spirited it away so it would never become a memorial. A piece remains in a Russian archive.
Hitler will forever be remembered for starting the Second World War, the most costly conflict in world history, thanks to his desire to expand Germany’s borders through force. He will equally be remembered for his dreams of racial purity, which prompted him to order the execution of millions of people, perhaps as high as 11 million. Although every arm of German bureaucracy was turned to pursuing the executions, Hitler was the chief driving force. In the decades since Hitler’s death, many commentators have concluded that he must have been mentally ill and that, if he wasn’t when he started his rule, the pressures of his failed wars must have driven him mad. Given that he ordered the genocide and ranted and raved, it is easy to see why people have come to this conclusion, but it’s important to state that there is no consensus among historians that he was insane, or what psychological problems he may have had.
Here are some personality traits that we know about Hitler. Hitler was stubborn and HATED making mistakes. He refused to let “superior” people around him because he did not want to feel stupid or in any way wrong. Hitler would surround himself with me who had physical/emotional deficiencies just so he could make fun of them and make himself feel better about his own insecurities. People didn’t interest Hitler. He was literally incapable of a normal conversation with someone based on the exchange of ideas. Hitler was an absolutely terrible listener who was “in his own world”. People described him as “unreachable” or “untouchable” because they said he was always in his own mind thinking of his own ideas while not paying attention or listening to others.
Here are some facts about Hitler you most likely didn’t know of Adolf Hitler, one of the worst dictators ever if not the worst in recorded human history, was responsible for 60 to 85 million deaths during WWII as he had triggered the conflict. His name brings connotations of murder, misery, warfare, holocaust and the attempted extermination of the Jews and other minorities. Hitler openly expressed his hatred of Jews in his book ‘Mein Kampf’. He warned everyone about his intention to drive the Jews and minorities from Germany’s cultural, intellectual and cultural life. Before invading Poland and triggering WWII, Hitler gave the example of Genghis Khan to his generals. He said that though Genghis Khan happily led millions of women and children to slaughter with predetermination, history still considered him solely the founder of the Mongol state; not as a murderer. Hitler was assigned to infiltrate the German Workers’ Party (DAP), which became the National Socialist German Workers’ Party or the Nazi Party in the same year. His task was to influence other soldiers and monitor the activities of the DAP. Soon Hitler was attracted to the anti-Semitic, anti-capitalist, nationalist, anti-Marxist ideas of DAP’s founder Anton Drexler who also founded the Nazi Party in the following year. Hitler joined DAP in September 1919 becoming the 55th member of the party.
In conclusion, Hitler is more than deserving of his title as a bad guy. He may have had an unfortunate childhood but that doesn’t give him the right to kill 6 million innocent people. There are much more level headed ways to go about this and the fact that he was even as powerful as he was flabbergasted me. That is why I chose to write about Hitler because he very well could be the worst person of all time.
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