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The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler.

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1. What country was this person born in? Where did you get this information? Hitler was born in Austria in an inn the town of Braunau. I got this information from, The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, by William L. Shirer. 2. When was this person born? State the month, date and year of birth. Where did you get this information? State the name of the book and the author. Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. I got this information from the book, The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler, by William L. Shirer. 3. Describe the family surroundings in which this person was brought up. Use between 3 and 5 sentences. The town Hitler was born in, Braunau, was in Austria, just across the border from Germany. Hitler's father was stern and short-tempered. Adolf did not get along well with his father, but he loved his mother. Adolf Hitler attended elementary school at a Benedictine monastery at Lambach. He became a choir boy and one day hoped to be a Catholic priest. Hitler did well in school until the sixth grade. He quit school at the age of sixteen. When Hitler was sixteen, his father died. His mother was left to raise Hitler and his sister, Paula. Adolf refused to get a job to help the family out. He read books and went to the opera. 4. Give a psychological profile of this person based upon events in this person's life. Use between five and ten sentences. Hitler showed characteristics as a teen that played a key role in his later life. He got very angry with people who disagreed with him. He was angry with his father for not wanting Hitler to be an artist. One of his boyfriends said: "Hitler was always up against something and at odds with the world. I never saw him taking anything lightly." ...read more.

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In 1941, the Soviet Union and the United States joined the Allies. Germany, Italy, and Japan were part of the Axis. The Soviet Union was part of the Axis until 1941 when Hitler went against the pact he had signed with Stalin and invaded the Soviet Union. At that time, the Soviet Union joined the Allies. Before World War II started, Hitler ordered the annexation of Austria. In 1939, Hitler's army invaded Poland. This caused France and England to declare war on Germany. Hitler ordered a Blitzkrieg or a lightning war and Germany conquered nation after nation in Western Europe. In 1941, Hitler ignored a pact he had signed with the Soviet Union and invaded that country. Hitler believed that Germans were the Master race and that Germany should rule the world. The Germans suffered their first big defeats in Moscow and Stalingrad. The rough winters in the Soviet Union played a role in the German defeats. In December 1941, Japan bombed the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The United States declared war on Japan and entered World War II on the side of the Allies. World War II lasted for six years. It was fought in Europe, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. It ended in the total defeat of Germany and Japan. The United States became a world leader and so did the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union and the United States became rivals and got involved in a Cold war that lasted for forty years. 15. What was this person's religious orientation? Hitler was a Catholic. When he was a choirboy at Benedictine monastery, he dreamed of becoming a Catholic priest. 16. How did this person die? He put a gun barrel in his mouth and pulled the trigger. 17. What role did this person play during the conflict he or she was involved in? Explain in five or more sentences. ...read more.

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When Frau Raubal came to be Hitler's housekeeper, she brought her two daughters, Friedl and Geli. Hitler fell in love with Geli and took her everywhere with him. Hitler would not let Geli do anything without his permission, and she finally shot herself because she was so unhappy. Hitler never fully recovered from her death. That he could kill so many people and never get over the death of Geli is very surprising and amazing to me. 25. How would this person solve the drug problem in America today? Use between 15 and 50 sentences. Some sources say that Hitler did not drink alcohol or smoke tobacco. Other sources say he drank moderately. The book, The Hitler Fact Book by Thomas Fuchs, said he sipped wine and beer occasionally and sometimes he added cognac to his tea. This book says that he pretended to be a teetotaler for propaganda reasons. He wanted the German people to think he lived a sparse, ascetic life. This was not true, but that is what he wanted people to believe. Whether he drank or not, I think he would think that people with drug or alcohol problems were weak. I am not sure what he would do to them. Two of the people who helped him to power had drug and alcohol problems. Hermann Goering was a famous fighter pilot during World War I. He was also a drug addict. Dietrich Eckart was a drunken poet who had once been confined in a mental institution. Both Eckart and Goering were part of the Nazi party and both helped Hitler rise to power. Hitler did not kill them for their drug and alcohol problems because they were useful to him. I think that Hitler would ignore people with drug problems as long as they didn't get in his way. If they got in the way, he would kill them. Hitler was not a very sensitive, compassionate man, so I do not think he would worry much about the drug problem in America today or do anything to solve it. Ben Ball April 7, 2003 Person of interest paper ...read more.

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