A Short Biography Of Adolf Hitler

Early Life and Education

Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th, 1889, in an Austrian-German region known as Braunau am Inn. His father, Alois Hitler, was a customs official and his mother, Klara, was a housewife. Hitler was the fourth child in the family and the last to survive. As a child, Adolf attended school like most other children and was noted for being articulate and having a good memory. He especially excelled in history and geography but struggled with math, science and art.
By the age of 16, Hitler’s mother passed away from breast cancer. His father wasn’t around much and already passed away four years prior, so this event had a profound effect on Adolf. He began to neglect his school work and ultimately dropped out. Hitler then sought to pursue a career as a painter, but this enterprise was short lived due to him being rejected from the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts.

Early Political Career

Disillusioned with his current situation and life in Vienna, Hitler moved to Munich, Germany in May of 1913. With World War I beginning, he joined the Bavarian Army in August and was later promoted to the rank of Corporal. While in battle he was decorated several times for bravery and heroism.
Upon recovery from the war and being discharged in 1918, Hitler shifted his focus onto politics and nationalist ideologies. He became the chairman of the newly established German Workers’ Party which was mainly composed of Germany’s student youth. For the first time he was able to express his feelings and propagate his beliefs.

Rise to Power

In the years 1920-1921, Hitler consolidated his power within the German Workers’ Party. He had an uncanny ability to captivate crowds by passionately delivering stirring speeches and soon had millions of followers. Under his leadership, the German Workers’ Party was renamed to the National Socialist German Workers Party, otherwise known as the Nazi Party.
In 1923, the Nazi Party attempted an unsuccessful coup d’etat against the government and Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison. While incarcerated he wrote the first volume of his infamous autobiography and manifesto, Mein Kampf. Hitler was released shortly after and he dedicated all his time to regaining his power within politics and the German people.

The Nazi Party’s Rise to Fame

Despite the failure of the coup, Hitler and the Nazi Party gained more and more support and recognition as the years passed. With Hitler’s excellent rhetoric and the party’s appeal to wage decency and patriotic values, the Nazi Party became the largest political party in Germany by 1932.
In 1933, Hitler was elected as Chancellor of Germany and this marked a new beginning for the Nazi Party. Speeches, Auschwitz Concentration Camps, book burnings and other forms of enforcers were implemented to ensure the ideas and beliefs of the Nazi Party were followed and adhered to.

Downfall and Death

By 1945, World War II was in its final stages and the Nazi forces had been degraded and heavily defeated by the Allied forces. On April 30th, Adolf Hitler and his newlywed Eva Braun committed suicide in his bunker located in Berlin, Germany. Shortly after, the Nazi’s unconditional surrender brought an end to World War II.

Legacy and Impact

Adolf Hitler’s legacy is complex as he was seen as both a villain and national hero. His actions and beliefs promoted bigotry, racism, discrimination and intolerance and his ideals brought an intense destruction unmatched in Europe. He was also known for being one of the greatest orators and speakers of the time, capable of captivating and inspiring millions of people.

Foreign Politics

Hitler’s foreign policy was challenging and contradictory. On the one hand, he was adamant on acquiring the lands of neighboring countries, either by threat of military force or annexation. On the other hand, the Nazi Party was quite successful in reconciling with states such as France and the United Kingdom. Whereas this foreign policy helped Germany in the short term, in the long run it brought about its destruction.

Motivations and Beliefs

Adolf Hitler was strongly motivated by his belief of racial supremacy and resentment towards the Treaty of Versailles. He had an iron will and a drive to assert the Third Reich’s dominance over Europe and believed that non-Aryan races were an obstacle that needed to be eradicated.
This viewpoint helped shape his regime and numerous policies enforced by him, such as the Nuremberg Laws. These regulations regulated the lives of non-Aryan citizens and separated Jews, Romani, homosexuals and people with disabilities into second-class citizens.

Nazi Propaganda

Adolf Hitler also made effective use of propaganda to further his agenda and ideals. Nazi propaganda was heavily seen throughout Germany and it took numerous forms including newspapers, posters, booklets, radio and movies. The content ranged from basic information about the party to shockingly horrific images of Jews and other minorities.
Having such a powerful tool allowed Hitler and the Nazi Party to manipulate public opinion for their own gain. They were able to promote the ideas of the Third Reich and demonize the enemies of their regime.

Economic Policies

Adolf Hitler also began instituting a series of economic policies to revitalize Germany. These policies focused on the rearmament of the military, providing jobs to citizens, and expanding public works programs. One example of this was The Volkswagen Beetle which was designed to provide an affordable mass-market vehicle.
Hitler’s economic policies were a major contributor to the success of the Nazi Party in the years leading up to World War II. His efforts also led to a steady decrease in unemployment, rising consumer spending and an increase in international trade.

Elizabeth Baker is an experienced writer and historian with a focus on topics related to famous world dictators. She has over 10 years of experience researching, writing, and editing history books and articles. Elizabeth is passionate about uncovering lost stories from the past and sharing interesting facts about some of the most notorious dictators in history. In her writing, she emphasizes how dictators can still affect modern-day politics and society. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington where she continues to write and research for her latest projects.

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