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The Rise and Fall of Hitlers Reich

Feeling that all was lost, Hitler shot himself on April 30, 1945. By orders formally given by him before his death, SS officers immersed Hitlers body in gasoline and burned it in the garden of the Chancellery. Soon after the suicide of Hitler, the Germ On Easter Sunday April 20, 1889, at an inn called the Gasth of Zum Pommer, the wife of an Austrian Customs official gave birth to a son, Adolf Hitler. He was the fourth child to the parents of Alois and Klara Hitler of Austria. Hitler was a good student. One of the teachers in his high school classified young Hitler as notorious, cantankerous, illful, arrogant, and irascible.

He has an obvious difficulty in fitting in at school. He did well enough to get by in some of his courses but had no time for Adolf saw no real reason to stay in high school. He left school at age sixteen without a leaving certificate. In September 1907, Hitler left home taking with him all the money left to him by his father, who had died a few years earlier. The money would preliminary examination, the applicant was asked to submit drawings. Biblical drawings were most preferred. Hitlers drawings were returned saying they were too wooden and oo lifeless.

He was rejected. He tried three months later and did not get pa Hitler moved into an apartment with his friend in Vienna. He pretended to be a student living off his relatives money. He read many books and sat in on the Austrian government sessions . Hitler speaks of his life in Vienna as five years in which I had In 1913, Hitler moved to Munich. Life was not much better there until the First World War started in 1914. While many people were frightened and sad at the thought of a world war, Hitler was delighted. He held the rank of corporal, and in forty-seven b On

October 13th 1918, a month before Germany surrendered to the Allies, his good luck ran out. When Hitler and his fellow dispatch runners were waiting in line for their food rations, British troops began lobbing high explosive shells nearby. Some of th Hitler soon regained use of his eyes, but as he was about to rejoin his regiment, he got the terrible news of Germanys surrender. Once again, everything went black before my eyes, and I tottered and groped my way back to the place where we slept and bu As part of Hitlers job, he investigated a party called the German Workers Party.

He as disgusted how the group had no organization, although he was in favor of many of the partys ideas. To follow up with his job, he joined the group to make sure t Hitler finally found his talent as a great orator. He first became aware of his talent while teaching at the University of Munich. When he talked, he held his audiences spellbound. He would sometimes lose five pounds a night by getting so active in his He persuaded the other party members to rent one of the largest halls in Munichone that seated at least 2,000 people. There Hitler made of list of demands to the German overnment.

Point twenty-five said, For modern society, a colossus with feet of cl Ernst Rohm, a friend of Hitlers, organized a group of storm troopers for Hitler. The German name for storm troopers was Storm Abtcilung, or SA for short. They first beat and killed hecklers at Nazi speakings. When there were no hecklers, they found Je By the summer of 1923, the Nazi party had grown to 150,000 members. With the Nazi movement growing so rapidly, Hitler knew it was time to make a move on Germany. November 11, 1923 seemed like a perfect time for Hitler to make the grab for power.

It was Hitler captured the government leaders and forced them to join him. His 3,000 men then marched to Berlin in an attempt to take it over. The German police were waiting. Shots were fired and sixteen nazis and two policemen lay dead. Hundreds more were w The trial was a political circus. Hitler was allowed to speak for hours at a time. During one of his speeches he said, It is the External Court of History That court will judge us as Germans who wanted the best for their people and their fatherla Hitler served only nine months of his five-year sentence.

The guards gave im a suite of several adjoining rooms where guests could come or go as they pleased. He was sent many gifts and grew visibly fatter. He wrote a book called Mein Kampf, or My Str The government banned the Nazi party after the revolt. There were also many reasons for lack of Nazi activity. The Allies had loosened their grip on the German economy. The French had left the Ruhr leaving Germanys industries intact, and the United St The depression in America caused the economic system in Germany to plummet.

Because of the harsh times, Nazis got two million more votes hen the Communist party. The election put them just under the Democratic party and gave them 107 more seats in the House. Hitler was planning on running for President of Germany against Paul Von Hinderburg, a social democrat. Hitler campaigned frequently, going to every major city and town. He was the f By 1932 the SA troops numbered 400,000. The SAs goal was to make people afraid, and they accomplished that with ease.

One of the most popular chants of the SA troops is as follows: Sharpen the knives on the sidewalk so that they can cut the nemys bo In the election of 1932, Hitler could not beat out the eighty-five year old President Hindenburg. However, 230 Nazi candidates held seats, and Hitler was made Chancellor of Germany. It was the second highest position in the German government. With only Hitler still was not elected to the Presidency. Using force, Hitler got Hinderburg to pass a law that abolished freedom of speech, of the press, and of assembly. Hitler then brought before the court the Enabling Act.

This law gave Hitler the power of a After the bills were passed, the German military feared that when Hitler took full leadership of the country, they would lose control, and the SA would take over. Hitler assured the military that this was not true. To gain their trust, he gave them a li In August of 1934 President Hindenburg died. Hitlers last obstacle in his quest for complete power was removed. Using his unlimited powers, he combined the offices of president and chancellor. To everyone in Germany he was now Der Fuhrer, the leader. Avoiding capture by the approaching forces, Hitler shot himself on April 30, 1945.

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