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An evaluation on the personal and political nature of Adolf Hitler during the years 1908-1933

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An evaluation on the personal and political nature of Adolf Hitler during the years 1908-1933 Chapter 1 In the sixty years since the ending of the Second World War and despite the allied victory over the Nazi occupation of Europe, the man who caused it all still, to this day has many thousands of publications about his life and his evil regime on Europe during the Second World War written and published whether it be through books, films or other media. Many have portrayed Hitler as a man of great evil with a recent film documentary entitled Hitler: the rise of evil in 20031 being a prime example of this. It depicted the rhetoric ruthlessness and obsessive determination that propelled him to power in 1934. However the mass media and present day accounts of Hitler in my view are made because the producers realise they will sell and or be successful, creating a general interest in the subject rather than one of a more niche historical natured one, on the rise of Hitler and his Nazi party. Hitler's personality and influences in his early life are somewhat overlooked and the works of Professor Ian Kershaw in his book Hitler; 1889-1936 (2001) focuses more centrally on this. The reason as to how and when Hitler came to power has been historically documented, but as to why he did what he did is open to debate and interpretation. The fact that Hitler has been coined the most evil dictator of the twentieth century and responsible for the killings of thirty four million human lives makes him both an interesting but disturbing character but also a guaranteed winner in terms of a successful book or film despite this image. The personality of Hitler often attributed to him portrays him as starting the Second World War and his extermination of the Jews in Europe during the period 1933 to 1945. ...read more.

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Again as this early personality trait of Hitler shows later on he would use this stubbornness to basically rid Germany of its limitations set down at the treaty of Versailles in 1919. Hitler has described this time in Munich as "the happiest and by far the most contented of my life"6 which in respect to what is to become of him in the near future his thoughts are very focused on this sense of safety and belonging in Germany. In a historical view the outbreak of the First World War can be seen as the turning point for all things to come. Historians share the view that if it were not for the defeat of Germany in 1918 then Hitler would have never of come to power through politics and the Nazi party would never had been formed. It is therefore through inevitability that things happened; Hitler joined the German army as a dispatch rider for the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment running important documents etc to and from headquarters to the front line in August 1914. In light of this his later decision to resent the fact that Germany lost the war and his passion for Germany would inevitably lead to a Second World War. Bullock a post World War Two historian picks up the description of Hitler as this being "the most memorable period of my life"7. During the war he gained the 1st class Iron Cross recommended to him by a Jewish officer not usually given to voluntary soldiers, he would later use this to get into the political scene. In terms of consequence then this is a major factor in the overall outcome of the personality of Hitler and how he would again use and manipulate the system and use it successfully to his own advantage. Hitler's decision to enter into politics did not come during the time after the battle of Ypres in which he was blinded temporarily. ...read more.

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He saw them as a separate race that had bought Germany to its knees and blamed them for all the bad in the world. He then used his anti-Semetic beliefs to later do what he indented to do which was rid Germany of Jews and declare them none Germans. However in respect Hitler himself was not a true German he had come from Austria and had proclaimed himself German in order to escape going into the First World War as an Austrian and instead favoured the German army. Here I believe there is a sense of self confusion, self denial and self rejection that he was in fact Austrian. His failure as an artist in his early life and having to rely on other people to support turned him into a loner and this is later shown in his final letter before his death in 1945 in which he states that he condemns his so called closest friends. During his time in the First World War he had become a message boy often on his own and so never had that camaraderie most other soldiers had during the fighting. Hitler's entering into the political scene changed him he had been unsuccessful trying to become an artist but had found his home in politics. The experiences he had found in Schoenerer and Lueger had a great effect on him and as suggested he was able to use this to become a self practicing and successful public speaker and later a dictator and leader of Germany. 1 Hitler: The Rise Of Evil [2003] ASIN: B0000C669T 2 McDonough.F, Hitler and the rise of the Nazi party (Longman 2003) 3 Ibid page 27 4 Ibid page 30 5 Ibid page 33 6 Ibid page 34 7 Ibid page 35 8 Ibid page 36 9 Noaks J, Prindham G. Nazism, 1919-1945.Vol 1: The rise to Power 1919-1934 (Exeter; University of Exeter press, 1983) page 11 10 McDonough.F, Hitler and the rise of the Nazi party (Longman 2003) page 49 ?? ?? ?? ?? i ...read more.

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