Adolf Hitler The Fuehrer

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     Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau, Austria,  Soon after Hitler's birth, Hitler, moved to Linz, Austria. Hitler attended school in Linz and Hitler was a bad student. Raised in the lower class at the time Hitler was an outcast , Adolf was a big disapointment to his father due to his poor grades. Hitlers dad wanted him to become a government employee but, Hitler,  wanted to become an artist. This goal of his was never achieved in his lifetime.

           In 1907, Hitler went to Vienna Austria.  He sat for a entrance exam to get into art school but failed the  entrance exam. Adolf was heartbroken by this decision and when Hitler's mother committed suicide in 1907, he decided to remain in Vienna. He took the entrance exam for The Academy of Fine Arts a year later and failed again. He did not have steady work in Vienna, but, instead, took a variety of odd jobs. After failing to make it into art school he felt no need to go to college. He lived in cheap rooming houses or slept on park benches and he often had to get meals from charity kitchens. During his time in Vienna Hitler learned to hate non-Germans. Hitler was a German-speaking Austrian and considered himself German. It is also believed that Hitler grew his hate for Jewish people from his life on the streets.

          From living on the streets as an outcast Adolf developed radical ideas about how people should not be treated equally and how democracy was not beneficial to society.In 1913, Hitler went to Munich, Germany and when World War I began in 1914 Hitler joined the German army. Hitler was awarded while in the armory for his courage and at the end of the war he was a Corporal. When World War I ended. Hitler was in a hospital recovering from temporary blindness possibly caused by a poison gas attack. When the army returned to Germany. the country was in despair. The country was bankrupt and millions of people were unemployed.

       In 1920, the National Socialist German Workers Party was gaining popularity. This group sought to rid Germany of its current government. Hitler joined the National Socialist German Workers Party known as the Nazis. The Nazis called for all Germans, even those in other countries, to unite into one nation; they called for a strong central government; and they called for the cancellation of the Versailles Treaty. Hitler slowly rose up the ranks of the Nazi party to eventually become the leader. How Hitler managed to become the leader of this group no one knows but one thing is for sure. Hitler had a skill for persuasion. He capitalized on the fact that people where in distress and was able to manipulate people into believing certain things. Hitler built up membership of the Nazi party quickly, mostly because of his powerful speaking ability. Hitler organized an army for the Nazi party called the Storm Troopers who were called upon to fight groups seeking to disband the Nazi rallies.

             On November 9, 1923, Hitler led more than 2,000 Storm Troopers on a march to seize the Bavarian government. The attempt failed and Hitler was arrested and sentenced to prison for five years for treason. While in prison, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf (My Struggle). In this book. he stated his beliefs and plans for Germany's future. Hitler only served nine months in prison and when he was released, he began to rebuild the party again. 1929, the Nazis had become an important minor political party. It was Hitlers hope that the Nazis would eventually take control of the government.

         In 1930, a worldwide depression hit Germany, yet Germany also had the debt of paying for the damage it had caused in World War I. Hitler protested against paying the debt and said that the Jews and Communists were the cause for Germany's defeat in World War I. He promised to rid Germany of Jews and Communists and to reunite the German speaking part of Europe.

             In July, 1932, the Nazis received about 40% of the vote and became the strongest party in Germany. On January 30,1933, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany. Once in this position, Hitler moved quickly toward attaining a dictatorship. When von Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler already had control of Germany and he gave himself the title "Fuehrer" (leader).

            Under Hitler's government, called the Third Reich, there was no place for freedom. The government controlled every part of one's life. Hitler used extensive propaganda to brainwash the nation into believing his theory about creating the perfect Aryan race. Therefore, it was Hitler's plan to rid the nation and eventually the world of Jews, Gypsies, Negroes, handicapped, and mentally ill persons. This plan was called the "Final Solution." Hitler backed his ideas with scientists proving his points.

         World War II began in 1939 when Hitler invaded Poland to begin his unification of all German-speaking people. By this time extermination camps were being established throughout Germany, Poland, and Russia. Hitler had already formed an alliance with Joseph Stalin of Russia and Mozalini of Italy and it was his plan to conquer the world.

Before Hitler was stopped in 1945 by the Allied countries, he had caused the extermination over 12 million people. Of the people Hitler masqueraded over 9 million of them where Jewish. To this day World war 2 was the biggest Genocide in history. Hitler committed suicide in his bunker on April 30,1945. Although Adolf Hitler is a disputed hero. His story shows that even the less fortunate can rise to greatness .