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Adolf Hitler was one of the 20th century's most powerful dictators. He was responsible for World War II and the death of millions. Hitler saw a nation in despair and used this as an opportunity to gain political power. He saw a nation of unemployed and hungry citizens and promised them economic prosperity in return for absolute power. Someone once said "The Nazis rose to power on the empty stomachs of the German people".
<br>Hitler was born in Austria-Hungary in 1889. His father, Alois Hitler, worked in Austrian customs service. Hitler had a relatively comfortable childhood. Although he was an above average student he was more interested in art than in academics. Like most German speaking citizens of Austria-Hungary, Hitler considered…show more content…

The German government ordered the workers to strike as a form of passive resistance. To compensate these workers the German government printed huge amounts of new money. This led to inflation. German currency rapidly lost value. Many people were unemployed and on the brink of starvation.
<br>Hitler felt it was the right time to start a revolution. On November 8, 1923, Hitler and about 600 followers attempted to take control of the provincial Bavarian government. They lacked mass support and had no chance against the military force of the government. The rebellion failed and Hitler was imprisoned and sentenced to five years although he only served one. Hitler explained his political views in his book Mein Kampf or My Struggle.
<br>Hitler regained control of the Nazi Party upon his release in December 1924. From 1925 to 1930 Hitler built a network of local parties over most of Germany. He also organized the Schutzstaffel or the "SS", a group that performed police tasks. They carried out violent acts against Hitler's enemies. Unemployed young men who joined Hitler's groups were given food, shelter, uniforms and a sense of purpose.
<br>The stock market crash of 1929 effected practically every nation in the world. Germany was already suffering a post-war depression and was greatly effected. Hitler used the suffering of the masses to gain political support. He gained a strong following from the

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Adolf Hitler[2] (20 April 1889 in Braunau am Inn, Austria – 30 April 1945 in Berlin) was the leader of Nazi Germany. Hitler also led the NSDAP (often called the Nazi Party), the democratically electedparty which ruled Germany at this time. He became Chancellor of Germany in 1933. This appointment was allowed by the German constitution.

Hitler became dictator (complete ruler) in 1934. He called himself the Führer (leader) of the German Empire. The Nazis created a dictatorship called the Third Reich. In 1933, they blocked out all other political parties. This gave Hitler absolute power.

Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland in 1939, and this started World War II. Because of Hitler, at least 50 million people died.[3] During World War II, Hitler was the Commander-in-Chief of the German forces and made all the important decisions. This was part of the so-called Führerprinzip.[4] He shot himself in 1945, as the Soviet Army got to Berlin, because he did not want to be captured alive by the Soviet Union.

Nazi forces did many war crimes during the war.[5] They were doing what Hitler told them to do. They killed their enemies or put them in concentration camps and death camps. Hitler and his men persecuted and killed Jews and other ethnic, religious, and politicalminorities. In what is called the Holocaust, the Nazis killed six million Jews, Roma people, homosexuals, Slavs, and many other groups of people.[6]

Hitler's life story

Family background

Hitler's family was born in Waldviertel, in Lower Austria. At the time, the name Hitler changed in this region several times between Hüttler, Hiedler, Hittler and Hitler. The name was commonly in the German-speaking area of Europe in the 19th century.[7] The literature says that this name is descended from the Czech name Hidlar or Hidlarcek.[8]

Childhood and early adulthood

Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889, as the fourth child of six[9] in Braunau am Inn. This is a small town near Linz in the province of Upper Austria. It is close to the German border, in what was then Austria-Hungary. His parents were Klara Pölzl and Alois Hitler. Because of his father's job, Hitler moved from Braunau to Passau, later to Lambach and finally to Leonding. He attended several Volksschule's.

Hitler's mother, Klara Pölzl, was his father's third wife and also his cousin.[10] Hitler's father died in 1903.

Hitler failed high schoolexams in Linz twice. In 1905, he left school. He became interested in the anti-Semitic (anti-Jewish), Pan-German teachings of ProfessorLeopold Poetsch. In September 1907, he went to Vienna and took an entrance examination. On 1 and 2 October, he failed the second examination. Hitler went back to Linz at the end of October. In December 1907, Hitler's mother died and, because of that, he was depressed.[11] Hitler's mother was Catholic, but Hitler hated Christianity. He also hated Jews.[12]

In 1909, Hitler again went to Vienna to study art. He tried to become a student at the Academy of Arts, but failed the first entrance examination.[11] Hitler said he first became an anti-Semite in Vienna. This town had a large Jewish community.[13]

In 1913, Hitler was 24 years old. At that time, all young Austrian men had to join the army. Hitler did not like the Austrian army, so he left Austria for Germany. He lived in the German city of Munich.[11]

World War I

On 16 August 1914, Hitler joined the Bavarian army. He fought for Germany in World War I. Hitler served in Belgium and France in the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment. He spent nearly the whole time on the Western Front. He was a runner, one of the most dangerous jobs on the Front.[14] That means he ran from one position to another one to carry messages. On 1 November 1914, Hitler became a Gefreiter (which was like being a private first class in the United States Army, or a lance corporal in the British Army). The government awarded him the Iron Cross Second Class on 2 December 1914.

On 5 October 1916, Hitler was hurt by a bullet shell. Between 9 October and 1 December, he was in the militaryhospitalBelitz.[15] In March 1917, he went back to the front. There, he fought in a battle and was awarded with the Militärverdienstkreuz Third Class with swords.

In March 1918, Hitler participated in the Spring Offensive. On 4 August 1918, Hitler was awarded with the Iron Cross First Class by the Jewish Hugo Gutmann. After Germany surrendered, Hitler was shocked, because the German army still held enemy area in November 1918.[16]

Entry into politics

After World War I, Hitler stayed in the army and returned to Munich. There he attended the funeral march of the Bavarian prime ministerKurt Eisner, who had been killed.[17] In 1919, he participated in a training programme for propaganda speakers from 5 to 12 June and 26 June to 5 July.

Later that year, Hitler joined a small political party called the German Workers Party. He became member number 555.[18] He soon won the support of the party's members. Two years later, he became the party's leader. He renamed the party the National Socialist German Workers Party. It became known as the Nazi Party.

During the Weimar Republic

In 1923, Hitler got together several hundred other members of the Nazi Party and tried to take over the Weimar Republic government (1918–34) in the Beer Hall Putsch.[19] The coup failed. The government killed 13 of his men[20] (the 13 dead men were later declared saints in Nazi ideology). They also put Hitler in the Landsberg Prison. They said that he would stay in prison for five years, but they let him leave after nine months.

Mein Kampf

While Hitler was in prison, he wrote a book with the help of his close friend Rudolf Hess. At first, Hitler wanted to call the book Four and a Half Years of Struggle against Lies, Stupidity and Cowardice. In the end, he called the book Mein Kampf (My Struggle).[21]

Mein Kampf brought together some of Hitler's different ideas and explains where they came from:[22]

Hitler may also have been influenced by Martin Luther's On the Jews and their Lies. In Mein Kampf, Hitler says Martin Luther was "a great warrior, a true statesman and a great reformer."[13]

Start of the dictatorship

In 1933, Hitler was elected into the German government. He ended freedom of speech, and put his enemies in jail or killed them. He did not allow any other political party except the Nazi party.[19] Hitler and his propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, spread extreme nationalism within Germany. All media had to praise the Nazis. Also, more people were born because Hitler wanted more people of the "master race" (those he called "Aryans"). He made Germany a totalitarian Nazi state.[23]

World War II

Hitler started World War II by ordering the German Army to invade Poland.[24] His army took over Poland and most of Europe, including France and a large part of the Soviet Union.

During the war, Hitler ordered the Nazis to kill many people, including women and children. The Nazis killed six million Jews in the Holocaust. Other people that the Nazis killed were Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, Slavs such as Russians and Poles, and his political opponents.[25]

Finally, some of the other countries in the world worked together to defeat Germany. Hitler lost all of the land that he had taken, and millions of Germans were killed in the war. At the end of World War II, Hitler gave all people in the Führerbunker the permission to leave it. Many people did and moved to the region of Berchtesgaden. They used planes and truck convoys.

Hitler, the Goebbels family, Martin Bormann, Eva Braun and some other staff remained in the bunker.[26] Hitler got married to Eva Braun on 29 April 1945.


Less than 24 hours after Hitler and Eva Braun got married in Berlin, both of them used poison to kill themselves, then Hitler shot himself in the head with his gun.[26] Before this, Hitler ordered that their bodies be burned.[27] This prevented him from being captured alive by soldiers of the Red Army, who were closing in on him.

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  2. ↑Germanpronunciation: adɔlf hɪtlɐ
  3. Both, Owen (1999). Der Zweite Weltkrieg (in German). Kaiser. p. 7. ISBN 978-3-7043-6046-5. 
  4. "BBC - History - World Wars: Hitler's Leadership Style". 2011 [last update]. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  5. ↑This applies mainly to the SS: the Schutzstaffel, which was the Nazi security and military organisation. The regular army, known as the Wehrmacht, was a separate organisation.
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  8. Fest, Joachim (1999). Hitler. Eine Biographie. 2. edition (in German). Ullstein. p. 43. 
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  10. Ian Kershaw (1998). Hitler 1889–1936. DVA. p. 37. 
  11., John (1977). Adolf Hitler; Biography 1889-1945 (in German). Lübbe Verlag. ISBN 978-3-8289-0540-5. 
  12. ↑Alan Bullock; Hitler: a Study in Tyranny; HarperPerennial Edition 1991; p218
  13. 13.013.1Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Mariner Books. ISBN 978-0-395-92503-4. 
  14. Bullock, Allan (1962). Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. Penguin Books. ISBN 978-0-14-013564-0. 
  15. Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf. Mariner Books. pp. 50–51. ISBN 978-0-395-92503-4. 
  16. Bullock, Allan (1962). Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. Penguin Books. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-14-013564-0. 
  17. "Picture with Adolf Hitler during the march" (in German). Bibliothek der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek. Retrieved 24-04-2009. 
  18. Toland, John (1977). Adolf Hitler; Biography 1889-1945 (in German). Lübbe Verlag. p. 131. ISBN 978-3-8289-0540-5. 
  19. 19.019.1"Biography and facts about Adolf Hitler". Retrieved 10-July-2009. 
  20. "The Beer Hall Putsch". Chris Trueman. Retrieved 10-July-2009. 
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  22. ↑Laurence Rees; The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler; Ebury Press 2012; pp. 61–62
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