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There will never be an adequate explanation...the closer one gets to explicability the more one realizes nothing can make Hitler explicable

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Hitler's Rise and Fall p.1 1"There will never be an adequate explanation...the closer one gets to explicability the more one realizes nothing can make Hitler explicable." --Emil Fackenheim Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1989, in the small Austrian town of Braunau near the German border. Both of Hitler's parents had come from poor peasant families. His father, Alois Hitler, was an intelligent and ambitious man. Adolf's mother, Klara Hitler was twenty three years younger than Alois. Klara and Alois had five children but only Adolf and a younger sister, Paula, survived to become adults. Alois wanted Hitler to join the army at a young age and to do extremely well in life. When Hitler was in primary school, it appeared he had a bright academic future in front of him. He was popular with other pupils and was admired for his leadership qualities. He was also a deeply religious child and for a while considered the possibility of becoming a monk. Adolf enjoyed games that involved fighting, and loved re-enacting battles from the Boer War. He loved playing commando rescuing Boers from English concentration camps. Hitler's other main interest at school was art, and despite his fathers dreams of Adolf joining the Austrian Service, he instead told his father he was going to be an artist. Their relationship deteriorated and the conflict only ended with the death of Alois Hitler in 1903. ...read more.

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The climate has changed; Germany was defeated and disillusioned country. At Versailles, Germany was forced to sign a treaty that gave away 13% of her territory. This meant the loss of 6 million people. Under the terms of Versailles, Germany had to pay for damages caused by way. These reparations amounted to 38% of her national wealth. Hitler was no longer isolated. The German soldiers who attended his lectures shared his sense of failure. He told them that Germany had not been beaten on the battlefield but had been betrayed by Jews and Marxists. The German army also began to use Hitler as a spy. Hitler became the leader of the Nazi party in 1921. 4The German government defaults on its reparation payments. In mid 1921, the US $1 is worth about 40 marks. By July 1923 its 160,000 marks to every US $1. By august its ten million marks for $1. By November its 4.2 trillion marks for $1. Almost overnight Germans have lost their entire life savings and social unrest begins to escalate. Hitler exploits the situation, blaming Jews and p.4 promising him and the Nazi party had the key to bringing Germany back. The Nazi party begins to grow over the next few years, and Hitler is appointed chancellor of Germany. In 1935, Nazis introduce a new army, called Wehrmacht. ...read more.

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However, his personality showed persistence in the face of defeat, along with strong self will and self trust. p.6 7Some psychologists say Hitler was not mentally ill, but paranoid. He definitely had a narcissistic personality which historians and psychologists say functioned on a borderline personality level. Hitler didn't evolve from a disturbed childhood, so many wonder what triggered most of his actions. Hitler's childhood is still interesting to many historians, not only because he was a major historical figure, but because it has failed Without Hitler, National Socialism would have never came to power since the movement did have an almost autonomous existence, dependent both on previous German tradition and on many local leaders other than Hitler. The more one learns about Hitler, the harder this man is to explain. 1 Bremner, Charles, "Neurotic, Hysterical, Schizophrenic: the psychology of Hitler", UK Times [2005] 2 Hiden, John, "Explaining Hitler's Germany", Totowa NJ: Barnes and Noble [1983] p.10-15 3 Rosenbaum, Ron, "Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origin of his Evil", New York: Random House [1983] p142-144 4 Hiden, John, "Explaining Hitler's Germany", Totowa NJ: Barnes and Noble [1983] p.23 5 Abelord,G, "the psychology and development of adolf Hitler", [cited January 2000], available from http://www.abelord.org/hitler/hitler.htm (accessed February 11,2006) 6 Abelord,G, "the psychology and development of adolf Hitler", [cited January 2000], available from http://www.abelord.org/hitler/hitler.htm (accessed February 11,2006) 7 Gruen, Arno, "The Hitler Myth", Journal of Psychohistory [2002] p.91-96 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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