Adolf Hitler’s childhood and young adult years had a sequence of unfortunate events that led him to develop a hatred for the Jews. On April 20, 1889, Adolf was brought into the world by his mother, Klara, and his father, Alois, near the German border in Braunau, Austria (Mishra). Alois, despite his rejection in society due to his illegitimate birth and underprivileged beginnings, worked his way up to an acceptable position in society from exceptionally poor beginnings (Weinberg). Klara was an Austrian gentlewoman who had an early death due to cancer (Weinberg). The doctor that was trying to heal Klara was Jewish, but despite his race, Hitler was appreciative for the care that the doctor provided because he had not yet developed a detestation towards the Jews (Weinberg).
Lebensraum: The Hitler Youth, The League of German Girls, and more Photographer and author A.E. Samaan once said: “There was nothing conservative about Adolf Hitler. Hitler was an artist and a revolutionary at heart. He wanted to completely upend and remake German society.” Such words expertly capture Hitler’s essence. Not only did he want to redesign German life under his own vision, but he was prepared to create an empire that would reign for a thousand years.
He explains that Hitler viewed Germany's problem through the lens of his racial ideology and this made war inevitable for him. Tooze does conclude that Hitler he probably wished to avoid a big war with Britain and France until the early 1940’s, but this become impossible with the events that had unfolded by early 1939. He further argues that Hitler’s anti-Semitic views and his belief in the Jewish responsibility of Germany’s combined with Western democracies aligning with each other propelled Hitler to take action that would lead to the Second
During his early years, Hitler clashed frequently with his father, Alois. In his autobiography, Mein Kampf, Hitler mentions that his father had wanted him to follow his footsteps and take up the service in the bureaucracy while Hitler aspired to be a painter. Hitler would deliberately neglect the subjects that he was uninterested in while scoring well for the subjects that he had interest in. The stalemate with his father would go on till his father’s death in 1903. Following the death of his father, Hitler went on to Vienna and applied at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1907.
Even when Rudolf Hess was young, he knew that Germany needed a dictator to restore it. He was also looked for someone to fight against the enemy which, in his eyes, were Jewish people. When he heard one of Adolf Hitler’s speeches, he felt “as though overcome by a vision by a vision” (Yad Vashem- The World Holocaust Remembrance Center). The moment Rudolf Hess heard Adolf Hitler, he knew he had found the only one who could make Germany a powerful country. In one of Rudolf Hess’s speeches he says, “With pride we see that one man remains beyond all criticism, that is the Fuhrer.
Adolf Hitler's evil actions brought death to 11 million Jewish on January 30, 1933 to May 8, 1945 (V-E Day); the end of the war in Europe. They were tortured, beaten and worked to death. Many were killed in gas chambers and many were used for experiments such as those conducted to "cure" homosexuality in homosexual men and women. More torturous experiments and practices were done not only to homosexuals, but pregnant women, disabled people, and children as well as men and women with good health. Not only did Hitler's rule hurt the European Jews, but it also greatly harmed other countries weaker than Germany.
Hitler was very proud of Germany and wanted Germany to become the powerful country it once was. Hitler was explaining to the people of Germany the actions he took and justifications of his actions towards abolition of the Treaty of Versailles. The speech showed that Hitler, the leader of Germany, had planned to abolish the Treaty of Versailles which weakened Germany immensely. To bring prosperity to Germany again, Hitler decided to reverse everything the treaty had done to Germany. The speech by Hitler showed his pride and there was hint of him rejoicing in his own achievement that he did not just pay lips service, but delivered what he promised the people.
Hitler depended on the German people. The views of the Fuhrer must be the views of his people (Stewart 58). It is wrong to blame all Germans for the Holocaust, but it is also wrong to blame only Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Many factors came together at a particular time and place in history (Altman 9-10). The Holocaust is a time in history when millions of people were persecuted in Europe by being sent to live in ghettos and eventually being deported to concentration camps where they were systematically annihilated until the Allied forces liberated the remaining survivors.
Actions speak louder than words, and how Hans sheltered Max, Liesel interfered with Jewish parades, and Rudy gave a teddy bear to a dying soldier are all examples of people overcoming propaganda. Hans Hubermann was provided with every opportunity to cleave to the mold of a perfect Nazi, to fall in like his son, but he chose to hide a Jew, risking everything. Despite that he was just as swamped in propaganda as the rest of the country, “but if nothing else, he was a man who appreciated fairness. A Jew had once saved his life and he couldn’t forget that”, because to him, that action meant more than all the beautiful lies Hitler could spin (Zusak 180). Not only did he refuse to join the Nazi party, a choice that resulted in him “‘losing customers quicker than… [he could] count’”, but he repainted a Jew’s door after it had been covered in slurs (Zusak 181).
Hitler’s leadership threatened family, jobs and existence of possible rebels to its ideals. The artist was to glorify Hitler 's racist ideals, German citizens and soldiers. As a racially pure state, Hitler used the art to overcome class differences and mould all people in the country into one ideal that was his. The artists depicted Hitler, in their artwork, as the healing leader that would cure all the problems of the country. In the effort of purifying the nation, Hitler’s regime promoted Aryan culture and suppressed other forms of