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The name Hitler stirs up many emotions inside the hearts of people. What could have made Hitler so hostile towards the Jews? Could it have been his unhappy childhood, frustrated adolecsnce, his artistic disappointment, rejection from the Jewish society or merely the wound he received on the front during World War I. Adolf Hitler or the incarnation of absolute evil became dictator of Germany in 1933 and prepared his nation for war and a “Final Solution” to the “Jewish problem”. Hitler posed a great threat to democracy and redefined the meaning of evil for eternity.

Hitler’s ndeniable hatred for Jews crushed his dream of a “third Reich” and only created more anguish, and enmity among the people of Germany. World War I was a great disparagement to the German people. Despair increased as the army returned to a bankrupt country. Millions of Germans could not find work, and a weak republic had replaced the defeated Germany. The German people were humiliated and full of distress. They were looking for many ways to restore their dignity and pride, but little did they know that things would get much worse. The rain of inflation fell on the just nd the unjust alike”(Flood 313) By 1923, Germany was facing deep troubles.

There was major inflation and the majority of the population was poverty stricken. Problems were beginning to escalate while Germany was in a dismal economic state, shops were closing and, no profits in production resulted in vast unemployment. Hungry and miserable the people turned to Hitler. He was a skillful schemer, politician, and organizer. This was Hitler’s opportunity to preach amongst the German people. Hitler preached German superiority, more precisely to the Aryan race.

Since the country was in total and complete chaos after the war, and as forced to pay billions of dollars in reparations, the German people saw some sort of hope in Hitler. Germany lost a large amount of its territory. The Empire was no more. “Hitler saw an opportunity and moved to grasp it” (Alexandria 75). When he took power the economy was basically non existent. Hitler did not believe in total truth, instead he relied on halve truths, and big lies. For example he believed that the Jews were a sub -human race, that should be treated terribly and be completely disposed of.

The German Workers’ Party appealed to Hitler even though they were small, disorganized, nd led by a group of misfits. Hitler used this as oppertunity to begin his rise to the top, and to start the destruction of all Jews. Hitler wanted “to re-establish the Nazi Party as a political organization which he could seek power exclusively” (Shirer 119). Hitler’s intermingling with The German Workers’ Party was the beginning of the national socialism movement which would soon help Germany become “The Third Reich”. The Nazi’s offered no program for easing the effects of the depression and no details about how Germany would regain greatness. Hitler was shaping his party to take over Germany’s destiny” Shirer 121).

Hitler attacked the government, and declared that only the Nazi Party could assure Germans jobs and greatness for Germany. While spending time in prison for leading a protest in Munich, Hitler wrote a book Mien Kampf (My Struggle), in which he states many reasons why the Jews and communists were accountable for the great losses that Germany had experienced from WW I. He also decided on the “final solution” to the “Jewish problem”, which was to eliminate the so called “Jewish Race”. When he took power the economy was basically non existent.

Many Germans looked at him as a solution to all heir problems. He promised to rebuild the glorious Germany of the past. First he started rebuild their army. Germany was not allowed to have more than 100,000 troops according to the treaty of Versailles. Hitler broke the treaty, and built up his military way beyond what Germany was allowed. Factories started putting out weapons, which made more jobs for the people. Mass rallies were held, where Hitler continued to use his powers of speech on the German people. At first the allies did nothing about Hitler breaking the Treaty of Versailles.

They made acts of appeasement that llowed Hitler to keep on doing what he was doing. All along Hitler was preparing for war. His fight to take over the world. Hitler gave speeches in which he indicated that the German people needed living space. Later he Marched into the Reihnland, an area which Germany had lost. Next he moved into Austria, his home country and annexed it without a shot being fired. Following Austria, he wanted control of the Sudetenland. The Allies didn’t want another war so they let Hitler invade these countries, but when he attacked Poland on September 1, 1939 the allies could no longer stand by and watch.

Britain and France declared war on Germany. A few days later, World War II began. The war continued for many years, along with the destruction of many innocent people. Jews were being treated like animals, every terrible thing imaginable was being done to them. The rest of the world was to blind to see it. Hitler hated Jews so much that in early 1945, when equipment and manpower was badly needed on the front during II he insisted on man and equipment staying to continue transporting Jews to the concentration camps. After Hitler became both President and Chancellor of Germany, the Nazi arty took control over every aspect of every daily life.

Hitler ordered the creation of a special police force (the Gestapo) to make sure that all opponents would be eliminated. He also gave orders to set up a special force which would be used to transport and take care of all political prisoners and people thought to be inferior. These people were taken to concentration camps where they all faced dehumanizing and inhumane deaths. It has been estimated that two-thirds of the Jewish population was eliminated during the Holocaust. Mass propaganda was used to persuade the German people that Hitler would ake the country strong and powerful again.

They also used propaganda to discriminate against the Jews and other minority groups which were considered to be sub-human. Teachers were forced to be a part of the Nazi party and were ordered to teach children to hate Jews. Children were taught that Jews very the source of all their problems. Hitler believed “the pure Aryan race” was destined to rule the world. He wanted to build an Empire that would last well over 1000 years, making Germany “the Third Reich”. Hitler publicly stated his views on the Jews. The Jews of Germany didn’t see Hitler as a great threat at first. But soon enough Hitler began to ravage all their rights.

Soon they were not allowed to marry anyone who was non-Jewish. They could not hold positions such as teachers, doctors lawyers and so-on. All Jews had to register with the government and wear the star of David on their clothing so they would be more discernible. Many Jews only then realized that there was a serious problem and many of them started flee from the outrage of hatred in Germany. Jews, Communists, gypsies, homosexuals, political figures, Slavs, and others which were viewed as “Inferior” according to Nazi racial theory were, oaded on to trains and traveled the tracks to their cold, cruel death.

All the trains were sent to concentration camps, which were set up to implement the “final solution”. Camps such as Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Bergen Belsen were all equipped with gas chambers to make the killing process quick and more efficient. In those camps 6 million Jews and many others were killed by the Nazis. Hitler’s army seemed almost unstoppable until the allies managed to win many decisive battles, which helped destroy Hitler’s dream of a “Third Reich”. Hitler had no reason to live once his dream was shattered.

On April 30 , 1945 Hitler committed suicide in his bunker and his body was burned to ashes. On May 7 , 1945 Germany surrendered unconditionally. Hitler had failed in his attempt to create a “Superior Race” and, to take over the World Hitler was one of the most, if not the most cruel man to ever walk the face of the earth. His belief of superiority of the “Aryan” race made him hate all others. He thought that anyone that wasn’t part of the “Aryan Race” was “Sub-human”. In the end Hitler’s hatred for Jews only created more misery and shame for the people of Germany.

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Hitlers Rise To Power

Who or what was responsible for Hitlers rise to power? Many believe that there was only one factor for his rise to power. Some state that Hitler could not have risen to power in any other than Germany, implying that he was nothing more than a product of German culture. Others say that Hitler made himself dictator by means of his political genius. And yet still others claim that it was the weak democratic government of the Weimar Republic or Germanys social and economic scene in the 1930s that made the people restless and ready for a dictator to come to power.

There was no sole cause for Hitlers rise to power. There were two. The political and economic chaos of the 1920s and the 1930s joined forces with German culture that enabled Hitler to rise to power. Both play an equal part. Together, both reasons fit together like pieces of a puzzle, to create a unique situation for Hitlers rise. Hitler was in part a product of German culture. German culture stands out as particularly aggressive and racist.

The values and ideas found in this cultures history inspired Hitler to do many things that he did and can explain in part why he felt the way he did on certain issues (Stern). Stevens 2 Hundreds of years before Hitler emerged, German philosophers and artist preached an almost religious worship of the state. They discussed the idea of the master race, and created a mythology of German heroism that encouraged loyalty to the group and glorified death for the country.

Hitler and many Germans like him, was an enthusiastic student of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel who argued that the State has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State. Hegel foresaw in the early 1800s that Germanys hour would come and that the countrys mission would be to redevelop the world. A German hero would complete this mission (Landry). Like Hegel, another German philosopher more directly portrayed the conventionality and obedience necessary for a secure State.

Heinrich von Treitschke espoused that it was of no consequence what you thought about anything, just as long as you obeyed German law. Germanys tradition also produced Friedrich Nietzsche who preached the coming of a master race and the superman who would conquer, impose a glorified state, and purify the master race. Finally, German legends were full of heroes and heroines like Hagen, Siegfried, and Brunhild, who were so superbly depicted in Richard Wagners opera, the Nibelungenlied.

Heroes such as those, inspired Germans including Hitler, to think of themselves as larger than life and capable of bringing great glory to Germany through both life and death (Thomas, Landry, Bruch, Richard Wagner on the Web). Stevens 3 In addition to German philosophers and artists, Germany, more than any other state in Europe, had a history of militarism that ran deep. Great warriors like Frederick III inspired the creation of 18th and 19th century Prussia, laying the roots of 20th century Germany.

The Prussian state was put together on the design of conquest and was lead by a cruelly disciplined army and a narrow bureaucracy that strictly followed commands without question. The classic picture of the Nazi soldier following traditional values with his fellow soldiers was born in this Prussian past that was always highly militaristic, conventional, and hungry for conflict (Frederick of Prussia). With this aggressive past, it was inevitable that Anti-Semitismhatred towards the Jewswould be rooted deep in German culture for centuries. Hitler was not the origin of this prejudice.

Jews were looked down upon for many reasons. They were often bankers or held positions that dealt with money. Their customs made them stand out from other Germans and many Germans believed that Jews had more devotion to their religion than to their state. The Jews religion was alien to the Germans, which was predominantly Christian. German myths often glorified blonde, blue-eyed heroesa start contrast to the usually darker colored Jew. This violent hatred of the Jews was sung in German operas, written in German philosophy and later, embraced by its leaders (Levy/Hitler).

German culture is by nature racist, militaristic, and anti-Semitic. Germany was an opportune place for Hitler to come to power. This is one of the few cultures that could have produced such a hateful aggressor. Stevens 4 Not only did Germanys culture help Hitler come to power, but also Germanys social and economic scene in the 1930s was desperate and ready for a dictator to emerge. German people, feeling confused by the social and economic chaos of the 1920s and 1930s could do nothing but gravitate towards someone like Hitler.

Hitler had answers for them He promised to restore order and greatness. Almost anyone could have stepped in his place, spoke the same words, and achieved the same hold over the people as Hitler did. (Stern). First and most important, Germany experienced severe economic distress in the wake of the Versailles Treaty. Inflation brought the major crisis of this period because it caused the value of German money to fall dramatically, so much that German printing presses had difficulty providing enough paper currency to keep up with the daily rise in prices.

Money was literally not worth the paper it was printed on. Many had to sell their most precious belongings to buy just a bit of food or an absolutely necessary toiletry. Those people never forgot the hardships they endured and were the first to lend a willing ear to Hitlers passionate preaching. Bewildered and penniless, without jobs due to high prices, the Germans were open to anyone who promised to bring back social order and economic control. Hitler promised both of these things (Jochen, Effects of World War I).

Now people were left no alternative but Hitlers dictatorship. They blamed the democrats of the Weimar Republic who betrayed them at Versailles and brought about the social and economic disorder of the 1920s and 1930s. The other choice was communism. To be communist during this period, however, meant that one had to identify with Russia and the radical working class who were striking throughout Stevens 5 Germany and, in the eyes of most Germans, causing even greater chaos. Communists were a borderline group just as the Jews.

Neither of these groupsdemocrats and communistsappealed to most Germans. Hitlers tyranny filled the void (Effects of World War I). Hitler gave the German people a reason to be proud again. He lighted the nationalistic fire inside the German people that was burnt out for so long. German pride and confidence were shattered in the war-guilt clause at the Treaty of Versailles, and the nation was seeking ways that would restore that lost pride. The German people would have supported almost any candidate who could have made them feel as Hitler did.

They wanted to feel good about themselves and about their country so they opened their arms to the person who made them feel this way (Building Up German Hegemony In Central Europe 1933-1938). Yet another important ally of Hitler was big business. Fearful of the communist worker riots exploding all over Germany and anxious to rebuild from the economic disaster of the 1930s, capitalists saw Hitler as one politician who would not hold up business. To ensure his success, they supported him financially (Turner) Hitler was not entirely responsible for his rise to power. He was in the right place (Germany), at the right time.

Dismayed by the economic chaos of the depression and the social chaos of the workers riots, the German citizens were desperate for anyone who would bring back order. It did not occur to the German people what the price might be for allowing such a man as Hitler to rise to power (Effects of World War I, Building Up German Hegemony In Central Europe 1933-1938). Stevens 6 German culture and the social and economic chaos of the 1920s and the 1930s answer why Hitler rose to power in Germany, why he believed the things he did, and why the German people accepted such a man with open arms.

Hitler essentially was a product of the German culture that he was raised into, that stands out as particularly aggressive and racist. He came to power at a time when people were so anxious for someone to take control over the chaos and madness of the economic and social scene, that the German people did not think about the consequences of letting someone like Hitler have that much power. The German culture molded Hitler into the man he was and the social and economic situation of the 20s and 30s enabled him to come to power.

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Hitler’s Rise To Power

Who or what was responsible for Hitler’s rise to power? Many believe that there was only one factor for his rise to power. Some state that Hitler could not have risen to power in any other than Germany, implying that he was nothing more than a product of German culture. Others say that Hitler made himself dictator by means of his political genius. And yet still others claim that it was the weak democratic government of the Weimar Republic or Germany’s social and economic scene in the 1930’s that made the people restless and ready for a dictator to come to power.

There was no sole cause for Hitler’s rise to power. There were two. The political and economic chaos of the 1920’s and the 1930’s joined forces with German culture that enabled Hitler to rise to power. Both play an equal part. Together, both reasons fit together like pieces of a puzzle, to create a unique situation for Hitler’s rise. Hitler was in part a product of German culture. German culture stands out as particularly aggressive and racist.

The values and ideas found in this culture’s history inspired Hitler to do many things that he did and can explain in part why he felt the way he did on certain issues (Stern). Hundreds of years before Hitler emerged, German philosophers and artist preached an almost religious worship of the state. They discussed the idea of the master race, and created a mythology of German heroism that encouraged loyalty to the group and glorified death for the country.

Hitler and many Germans like him, was an enthusiastic student of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel who argued that the State “has the supreme right against the individual, whose supreme duty is to be a member of the State. ” Hegel foresaw in the early 1800’s that “Germany’s hour” would come and that the country’s mission would be to redevelop the world. A German hero would complete this mission (Landry). Like Hegel, another German philosopher more directly portrayed the conventionality and obedience necessary for a secure State.

Heinrich von Treitschke espoused that it was of no consequence what you thought about anything, just as long as you obeyed German law. Germany’s tradition also produced Friedrich Nietzsche who preached the coming of a master race and the superman who would conquer, impose a glorified state, and purify the master race. Finally, German legends were full of heroes and heroines like Hagen, Siegfried, and Brunhild, who were so superbly depicted in Richard Wagner’s opera, the Nibelungenlied.

Heroes such as those, inspired Germans including Hitler, to think of themselves as larger than life and capable of bringing great glory to Germany through both life and death (Thomas, Landry, Bruch, Richard Wagner on the Web). In addition to German philosophers and artists, Germany, more than any other state in Europe, had a history of militarism that ran deep. Great warriors like Frederick III inspired the creation of 18th and 19th century Prussia, laying the roots of 20th century Germany.

The Prussian state was put together on the design of conquest and was lead by a cruelly disciplined army and a narrow bureaucracy that strictly followed commands without question. The classic picture of the Nazi soldier following traditional values with his fellow soldiers was born in this Prussian past that was always highly militaristic, conventional, and hungry for conflict (Frederick of Prussia). With this aggressive past, it was inevitable that Anti-Semitismhatred towards the Jewswould be rooted deep in German culture for centuries. Hitler was not the origin of this prejudice.

Jews were looked down upon for many reasons. They were often bankers or held positions that dealt with money. Their customs made them stand out from other Germans and many Germans believed that Jews had more devotion to their religion than to their state. The Jews religion was alien to the German’s, which was predominantly Christian. German myths often glorified blonde, blue-eyed heroesa start contrast to the usually darker colored Jew. This violent hatred of the Jews was sung in German operas, written in German philosophy and later, embraced by its leaders (Levy/Hitler).

German culture is by nature racist, militaristic, and anti-Semitic. Germany was an opportune place for Hitler to come to power. This is one of the few cultures that could have produced such a hateful aggressor. Not only did Germany’s culture help Hitler come to power, but also Germany’s social and economic scene in the 1930’s was desperate and ready for a dictator to emerge. German people, feeling confused by the social and economic chaos of the 1920’s and 1930’s could do nothing but gravitate towards someone like Hitler.

Hitler had answers for them He promised to restore order and greatness. Almost anyone could have stepped in his place, spoke the same words, and achieved the same hold over the people as Hitler did. (Stern). First and most important, Germany experienced severe economic distress in the wake of the Versailles Treaty. Inflation brought the major crisis of this period because it caused the value of German money to fall dramatically, so much that German printing presses had difficulty providing enough paper currency to keep up with the daily rise in prices.

Money was literally not worth the paper it was printed on. Many had to sell their most precious belongings to buy just a bit of food or an absolutely necessary toiletry. Those people never forgot the hardships they endured and were the first to lend a willing ear to Hitler’s passionate preaching. Bewildered and penniless, without jobs due to high prices, the Germans were open to anyone who promised to bring back social order and economic control. Hitler promised both of these things (Jochen, Effects of World War I).

Now people were left no alternative but Hitler’s dictatorship. They blamed the democrats of the Weimar Republic who betrayed them at Versailles and brought about the social and economic disorder of the 1920’s and 1930’s. The other choice was communism. To be communist during this period, however, meant that one had to identify with Russia and the radical working class who were striking throughout Germany and, in the eyes of most Germans, causing even greater chaos. Communists were a borderline group just as the Jews.

Neither of these groupsdemocrats and communistsappealed to most Germans. Hitler’s tyranny filled the void (Effects of World War I). Hitler gave the German people a reason to be proud again. He lighted the nationalistic fire inside the German people that was burnt out for so long. German pride and confidence were shattered in the war-guilt clause at the Treaty of Versailles, and the nation was seeking ways that would restore that lost pride. The German people would have supported almost any candidate who could have made them feel as Hitler did.

They wanted to feel good about themselves and about their country so they opened their arms to the person who made them feel this way (Building Up German Hegemony In Central Europe 1933-1938). Yet another important ally of Hitler was big business. Fearful of the communist worker riots exploding all over Germany and anxious to rebuild from the economic disaster of the 1930’s, capitalists saw Hitler as one politician who would not hold up business. To ensure his success, they supported him financially (Turner) Hitler was not entirely responsible for his rise to power. He was in the right place (Germany), at the right time.

Dismayed by the economic chaos of the depression and the social chaos of the workers riots, the German citizens were desperate for anyone who would bring back order. It did not occur to the German people what the price might be for allowing such a man as Hitler to rise to power (Effects of World War I, Building Up German Hegemony In Central Europe 1933-1938). German culture and the social and economic chaos of the 1920’s and the 1930’s answer why Hitler rose to power in Germany, why he believed the things he did, and why the German people accepted such a man with open arms.

Hitler essentially was a product of the German culture that he was raised into, that stands out as particularly aggressive and racist. He came to power at a time when people were so anxious for someone to take control over the chaos and madness of the economic and social scene, that the German people did not think about the consequences of letting someone like Hitler have that much power. The German culture molded Hitler into the man he was and the social and economic situation of the 20’s and 30’s enabled him to come to power.

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