Unstoppable Rise of Adolf Hitler

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Unstoppable Rise of Adolf Hitler


Kevin AyazMr. DrowerAmerican History 2 Honors3/2/15

During the early 1930's, Germany was in a depression and they were not happy with the effects of the Treaty of Versailles. The people needed a promise, one that could potentially take the country out of the collective slump that it was enduring. The people had no trust in the incumbent government and they wanted change, they needed a leader that would deliver to the people and give Germany its greatness back. Hitler was the promise that the people were looking for, his aggresive personality and ability to speak to multitudes of people in an assuring manner all contributed to his steep rise to power. The people of Germany could finally put their trust in someone who could deliver and since he was viewed in such a high manner, his power would see no limits.

As mentioned above, Hitler's ability to captivate crowds with his charismatic style of speech proved to be an important asset associated with his rise to power. Whenever he spoke, he motivated the crowds in such a way that they felt what he was saying deeply and there was a strong connection made between speaker and audience. The link attached to the picture to the right is a short viewing of the manner in which he spoke and the typical reaction of a crowd. When running for office for the first time, Hitler was opposing Hindenberg and ultimately came out runner up. Being the persistent man that he is, he insisted that the position of Chancellor was the only one that interested him and he was soon gifted that position when Hindenberg's short reign ended. Once he had this position in his grasp, he was able to take his motives to a new level and commence the plans that he was so eager to begin.

Hitler was put into jail for committing treason after the failed "Beer Hall Putsch" and he instantly became infamous for it along with the Nazi party. While in prison, he dedicated a lot of time and thought into his book called "Mein Kampf" which translates directly to "My Struggle" in English. The book contained a deep look into Hitler's childhood many of his ideals and reasons for his radical thinking along with future plans that he wants to carry out once he receives enough power to do so. The success of this book was very small in its beginning stages but quickly rose to become one of the most influential books of its time. When Hitler assumed the position of Chancellor of Germany, it was deemed as proper to own a copy of "Mein Kampf." In fact, the book was so famous that it was given to newlyweds, highschool/college graduates as well as any other important occasion. Now more than ever, Hitler was able to infiltrate not only the minds of the people of Germany but their homes as well.

Hitler's Ideals and Goals

Hitler definitely had a lot to say when it came to his version of the German future. His many ideas included that the Aryan race was the superior race, and the Jews were the inferior race. Hitler even stated in his book, "The mightiest counterpart to the Aryan is represented by the Jew," he claimed that the Jews were detrimental to their country and caused the Germans to forget that they were the superior race. Whenever he needed someone to blame he used the Jews and this became the ideology of the whole country, in a few years Hitler would begin the mass-extermination of Jews. Another idea expressed is the regaining of power and to reverse the effects of the Treaty of Versailles, Hitler wanted Germany's land backed and based his campaign on this idea from the beginning with minimal success. It was only when he started speaking of the Jews when he collected some speed in the election and gained people's support. Germany needed an enemy, a cause to go to war and gain its status as the premier power in the world. With Hitler as their leader, the country finally felt confident that they would regain their status and this made them feel superior.


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