Adolf Hitlers affect on the world



Joe Ciano
Mrs. Colford
Global History
9 January 1999
Adolf Hitler’s Influence on the World
Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria.(Dorpalen Microsoft Encarta 98) Eighteen ninety-nine was the year of his birth. He was a poor boy and a high school dropout. He was rejected twice from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna for lack of talent.(The Volume Library 2 Pg. 1745) At age 25, Hitler eagerly volunteered to serve in W.W.I. His fellow soldiers were unlike him. They would always talk about bad food and women but he would prefer to discuss history or art. Despite his early luck during the first two years of the war, he was later injured twice and decorated twice with the Iron Cross.(AOL 12/15/98 Hitler In W.W.I.) After the war, Hitler joined a growing Nazi Party and soon became its leader. By 1930, he helped make the Nazi Party the second largest in the country.(The Volume Library 2 Pg. 1745 When he organized an uprising he was placed on trial for treason. He didn’t try to deny what he had done, but openly declared that he wanted to overthrow Germany’s new democratic government. Hitler was allowed to use the trial as propaganda for the Nazi party. In the end he wound up with a five year sentence and possible parole in six months. While in jail he was accommodated well. He even had his own secretary, Rudolph Hess. Hess wrote down every word out of Hitler’s mouth. Eventually, this turned into Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf.(My Struggle) In this book, Hitler describes his early childhood and also his views about different human races. To him, the supreme race was the Aryans; white, blonde, Germans. The most inferior of the races was the Jews. He believed they were dirty, sly, crafty, liars, and the mortal enemy of the Aryans. This book showed his true personality and was a warning to the world. A warning which was mostly ignored.(AOL 12/15/98 Hitler’s Book-Mein Kampf)
On January30, 1933 Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany. Vice-chancellor Franz von Papen was a non-Nazi selected to keep Hitler’s power in check.(Wait Pg. 11) In fact, Vice chancellor Papen stated, “Within two months we will have pushed Hitler so far in the corner that he’ll squeak.” Many of the non-Nazi leaders thought having Hitler as a leader would be an advantage for them. They realized he had a great speech giving ability and they wanted to use it to convey their views. Hopefully, they thought, he would ruin the democracy and then they could elect a new leader. They wanted to go back to the old days of the Kaiser. But one person saw this event as an extremely bad thing. It was one of Hitler’s old comrades, General Erich Ludendorff. This was the telegram he sent to President Hindenburg after appointing Hitler chancellor:
“By appointing Hitler Chancellor of the Reich you have handed over our sacred German Fatherland to one of the greatest demagogues of all time. I prophesy to you this evil man will plunge our Reich into the abyss and will inflict immeasurable woe on our nation. Future generations will curse you in your grave for this action.” (AOL 1/2/99 Hitler Named Chancellor)
On February 27, 1933, the Reichstag building was set afire. The Reichstag was the building were the German government conducted everyday business. No one is sure exactly who did it and how it happened but here are what historians believe. The Nazi leaders had been planning to burn the Reichstag to cause a panic by blaming the fire on communists. By an amazing coincidence, there was an insane communist planing a one man revolt. He wanted to burn government buildings. His name was Marinus van der Lubbe. Nazi storm troopers were said to befriend him and persuade him to burn the Reichstag. They probably also helped him. When Hitler and the other Nazi leaders got there they were screaming false charges against the communists. Hitler also described the fire as “a beacon from heaven” and “This fire is the beginning.” The next morning, Hitler held a cabinet meeting. He demanded an emergency decree that stated:
"Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on