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Adolf Hitler


At half past six on the evening of April 20th, 1889 a child
was born in the small town of Branau, Austria. The name of
the child was Adolf Hitler. He was the son a Customs
official Alois Hitler, and his third wife Klara.
As a young boy Adolf attendated church regulary and sang in
the local choir. One day he carved a symbol into the bench
which resembled the Swastika he later used as the symbol of
the Nazi party. He was a pretty good student. He received
good marks in most of his classes. However in his last year
of school he failed German and Mathematics, and only
succeeded in Gym and Drawing. He drooped out of school at
the age of 16, spending a total of 10 years in school. From
childhood one it was his dream to become an artist or
architect. He was not a bad artist, as his surviving
paintings and drawings show but he never showed any
originality or creative imagination. To fullfil his dream
he had moved to Vienna the capital of Austria where the
Academy of arts was located. He failed the first time he
tried to get admission and in the next year, 1907 he tried
again and was very sure of success. To his surprise he
failed again. In fact the Dean of the academy was not very
impressed with his performance, and gave him a really hard
time and said to him "You will never be painter." The
rejection really crushed him as he now reached a dead end.
He could not apply to the school of architecture as he had
no high-school diploma. During the next 35 years of his
live the young man never forgot the rejection he received
in the dean's office that day.
Many Historians like to speculate what would have happened
IF.... perhaps the small town boy would have had a bit more
talent....or IF the Dean had been a little less critical,
the world might have been spared the nightmare into which
this boy was eventually to plunge it.
While living in Vienna Hitler he made his living by drawing
small pictures of famous landmarks which he sold as post
cards. But he was always poor. He was also a regular reader
of a small paper which claimed that the Araban race was
superior to all and was destined to rule the world. The
paper blamed Communists and Jews for all their problems and
hitler agreed to those views. Hitler agree with most of the
points made in the publication. He continued to live a poor
live in Vienna and in 1913 decided to move to Munich. Still
living in Vienna and being Austrain by birth, Hitler showed
more loyalty to the Geramny. He thought that the Aryan race
was destined to rule the world. Many believe that he tried
to escape the draft but it was never proven. His live in
Munich was not much better then before and he continued to
be poor. Then in 1914 World War I broke out and Hitler saw
this as a great opportunity to show his loyalty to the
"fatherland" by volunteering for the Imperial army. He did
not want to fight in the Austrian Army. Hitler was a good
soldier. Many of political opponents claimed that he was a
coward but records clearly show that he was not. He
received to awards of bravery but never achieved a high
In 1918 Germany surrendered and Hitler was very upset about
the loss. He believed that it was the Jews and the
Communists who betrayed the "fatherland" and it was here
that his disliking of the Jews most likely began. Germany
after the war was in chaos. With no real Government to
control the country, many groups tried to take control. One
day a big communist group staged a big riot but another
group of ex-soldiers including Hitler managed to hold them
Since there were not many chances for employment Hitler
stayed in the army. Hitler was assigned the job of going go
to various meetings of groups which sprang up like
mushrooms and to report on them. One day September 12, 1919
- a fateful day in history, Hitler was sent to investigate
a small group which called itself the "German Workers
Party". Hitler was not to happy about his assignment. He
thought it wouldn't be worth it to even go. At the group
mainly talked about the Countries problem and how the Jews,
communists and others where threatening the master race and
offered their own solutions.
Hitler was bored by the meeting but when a man stood up and
claimed that Bavaria should separate from Germany, Hitler
got up and argued that point. He argued that Germany and
germans must unite into one to survive. His natural ability
to speak imprest the leader of the group and at the end of
the meeting he gave Hitler a pamphlet and an initiation the
next meeting. He wasn't interested in attending but after
reading the hand out he accepted. He later joined the
German Workers Party and was in charge of Propaganda. The
party was small at first but Hitler's great skill at
deliberating speeches attracted more and more listeners and
it soon became a major party with many followers.
Eventually Adolf Hitler became it's leader and the rest as
they say....is history.
While spending time in prison for trying to overthrow the
government Adolf Hitler wrote his famous book "Mein Kampf",
in which he describes many problems and where he states
that the Jews and communists were responsible for those
problems. He also decided on the "Final Solution" to the
"Jewish Question". It was his goal to eliminate the Jewish
race from the European continent.
It is interesting to look and see how a small time boy from
Austria with no education, money or political background
could become within a few years the leader of big nation
such as Germany. Historians believe that Hitler saw a great
opportunity to get his views across to the German people
who have lost all hope. Of course people did not start to
support him right away. After he came into power, the Nazi
party took control over every aspect of every day life.
Hitler ordered the creation of a special police force to
make sure that all opponents would be elimanted, the
Gestapo. He also gave orders to set up a special force
which would be used to transport and take care of all
political prisioners and people thought to be inferior. The
name of the force was the feared SS. Mass propaganda was
used to persuade the German people that the "Fuhrer" would
make the country strong and powerful again. They also used
propaganda against the Jews and other minority groups which
were considered enemies. Teachers had to belong to the Nazi
party, and children were taught that Jews very the source
of all their problems. Since the country was in chaos after
the war, and was forced to pay billions in damages, The
Germans saw hope in Adolf Hitler. In the late 20's the
depression hit which made the situation even worse.
Hitler in his speeches blamed the Jews and Communists for
their misfortunes and many listed. Unemployment was very
high at that time standing at about 25%. Hitler also spoke
out against the unfairness of the Versailles treaty.
Germany lost a lot of its territory. The Empire was no
more. He believed the pure Araban race is destined to rule
the world and wanted to build an Empire that would last a
1000 years. He preached that all Germans must unite in
order for this goal to succeed.
Hitler publicly stated his views on the Jews. But the Jews
of Germany didn't see Hitler as a great threat at first.
However when Hitler became chancellor and eventually took
over totally they changed their mind. The first thing he
did was to take the Jews their right to vote. Soon they
were not allowed to marry with a pure german, they could
not hold positions such as teachers, doctors lawyers,..and
so on. Many Jews only then realized that he was serious and
many fled Germany. Why did so many Germans follow Hitler?
When he took power the economy was basically non existent.
Many looked for answers and hope. Hitler was their answer.
He promised to rebuild the Glorious Germany of the past.
First he started to build up the Wehrmacht. Germany was not
allowed to have more than 100,000 men, but Hitler broke the
treaty and gave orders to increase that number. Factories
started putting out weapons and people now had jobs. To the
Germans this was a very good sign. Mass rallies were held,
where Hitler continued to use his powers of speech on the
German people.
At first the allies did nothing about the fact that Hitler
broke the Treaty. He gave speeches in which he indicated
that the German people needed living space. Later he
Marched into the Reihnland, and area which Germany lost.
Next He moved into Austria, his home country and annexed it
without a shoot being fired into the Reich. Following
Austria, he wanted control of the Sudetenland, a part of
Czechoslovakia which was mainly German speaking. He also
achieved that goal. The allies didn't want another war so
they led Hitler do what he wanted to, but when he Attacked
Poland on September 1st, 1939 the allies no longer stood by
and watched. Britain and France declared war on Germany a
few days after later, World War II began.
After the Wehrmacht conquered and occupied a territory the
SS quickly followed. They would round up Jews, Communists,
Gypsies, Homosexuals and others which were viewed as
"Inferior" according to Nazi racial theory and enemies of
the German people and put on trains. They were all sent to
Concentration camps, which were set up to implement the
'final solution'. Camps such as Auschwitz, Treblinka,
Bergen Belsen were all equipped with gas chambers to make
the killing process quick and efectfull. In those camps 6
million Jews and many others were killed by the Nazis.
Hitler's army seemed unstoppable but in the end, the allies
managed to win many decisive battles. Eventually on Aril
30th, 1945 Hitler committed suicide in his bunker by
shooting himself in the mouth. His body was burned, but no
ones knows what happened to the "Fuhrer's" ashes. On May
7th, 1945 Germany surrendered unconditionally.
Hitler was one of the most, if not the most cruel man to
ever walk the face of the earth. His believe of the
superiorority of the "Aryan" race made him hate all others.
He believed that the slaws to the east should be made work
for the German people. He thought of blacks as being
"Sub-human". And Most of all he hated the Jews. So much
that in early 1945, when equipment and manpower was badly
needed on the front Hitler insisited on man and equipment
staying and continuing to tranport Jews to the camps. In
his Testament he left his money to his family. And message
to the Germany people "Above all I charge the leaders of
the nation and those under them to scrupulous observance of
the laws of race and to merciless opposition to the
universal poisoner of all peoples, international Jewry."
The only people which would be spared where the
Scandinavians to the north, since they were closely related
to the German race. With Hitler's death the Nazi party
quickly fated. But there is still a lot of tension in
todays Germany. 



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