There have been several political leaders or rulers that have strode across the pages of human history, but none of them have caused as much change during the course of their reign, as Adolf Hitler did in his rule as head of Germany…
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Mostly single-handed Hitler and his German military might took on most of the Western nations with dramatic success. He was aided in this by the admiration that he drew initially from the German people, and by ruthlessly holding on to this aura till the end of his life. It took a combination of all the military might of most of the world a duration of six years to defeat Hitler and bring about his demise. His claims to greatness cannot be turned down, though there may be many who believe that his greatness is tainted with the notoriety of all the agony, pain, death, and destruction caused by him. The Early Days In the Austrian town of Braunau am Inn, on April 20, 1889, Hitler was born. He was the fourth son of a minor customs official. A major part of his early life was spent in Linz in Upper Austria. Though he possessed intelligence, he did poorly at school, which led to his leaving the formal school environment at the high school level, and idling for over two years. He had an interest for art, which made him apply to the Vienna Academy of Arts in 1907. His application was rejected. He tried once more in 1908 with the same result. Subsequently, he sought no learning of any skills in trade or work, and instead resorted to painting picture postcards, from which he made some money. In his later years, Hitler described himself as having come from a poverty stricken early background. This is not entirely true as he received an inheritance after his mother died in 1907, and also received an orphan’s allowance from the state.1 In his early years Hitler demonstrated no interest in friends and company. He preferred solitude, and was given to brooding and self-pity. He did demonstrate an interest for the Wagnerian operas, and fantasizing on the great architectural projects he would undertake some day. Another favourite pastime of his was reading, during which he indulged himself in books on art, history, military matters, and racial, nationalist, anti-Semitic, and Pan-German written works. The latter readings took Hitler into the ideas a heroic Aryan race, the potential risks involved in mixing of racial bloods, destruction of inferior races, and the concept of the Jews being at the heart of all that is unfortunate and evil in the world. These ideas and concepts were to become the core of the Nazi principles that Hitler would develop.2 The advent of the First World War in 1914 stirred Hitler into action. Here was an opportunity that offered purpose and excitement. He embraced the war whole-heartedly, volunteered into the German Army, and fought with bravado to receive two Iron Cross medals. However, the greater prize Hitler received during his tenure in the German Army was the lessons in authority, discipline, ruthlessness, and leadership. The defeat of Germany saw the return of a bitter Hitler, blaming the then political leadership of Germany and the Jewish-Bolshevik conspiracy for the defeat of Germany in the war.3 Hitler and the Nazi Party A disgruntled Hitler joined the German Workers Party (DAP) in 1919. Within a year the German Workers Party changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) or the Nazi Party. In the meantime, Hitler had swiftly ascended the ranks to become a leading member of the Nazi Party. The objectives of the Nazi Party were to overturn the belittling Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War, and to bring all Germans under the banner of one state or Reich, but to exclude the Jews from that. As propaganda chief of the Nazi Party he created an image for the Nazi party
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