A Short Essay On Adolf Hitler

Early Life of Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria on April 20, 1889. He was the fourth of six children born to Alois Hitler and Klara Pölzl. Hitler was deeply influenced by his father, who was strict and authoritarian. In his childhood, Adolf attended school in Linz, Austria. He was a mediocre student, but an artist and a dreamer. In 1903, Hitler’s father died, Adolf was just a teen. Later Hitler moved to Vienna, however, he could not get admitted to the Academy of Fine Arts. Depressed and desperate, Hitler spent the next four years in Vienna living a life of poverty. During his stay in Vienna he became heavily influenced by German nationalist ideas.

Hitler’s Involvement in World War I

On August 1, 1914 Hitler joined the German army and fought in World War I. During his time in the army, Hitler became a successful military reconnaissance officer. He was decorated for bravery and was twice wounded. After the war, he moved to Munich, Bavaria and joined the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP). He was appointed as the leader of the party in 1921 and changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP). He started to make the NSDAP into a mass movement, giving it the popular appeal Hitler desired.

Rise to Power

In 1923, Hitler attempted to take power in a coup, called the Beer Hall Putsch. This ended in disaster, but in 1933, Hitler was made chancellor of Germany. As chancellor, he managed to hold on to power and rig the elections to ensure his National Socialist Party had complete power in the Reichstag. He started to implement his policies of mass repression, like the extermination of the Jewish people. This would have a great impact on the world.

World War II

Hitler declared the German rearmament program and the expansion of the German armed forces in 1935. During the war, the Nazi party had a major role in establishing concentration, labor, and extermination camps across Europe. More than six million Jews and other minority groups lost their lives in these camps. In addition to this, Hitler also implemented the policy of Lebensraum or “living space”, to expand the German Empire.

Alliance and Fall of Hitler

Hitler signed a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union, which enabled him to take over the German-speaking areas of Czechoslovakia and Poland, without fear of a two-front war. Hitler started to become increasingly expansionist and desperate, due to his belief that th Germans were being betrayed by the Anglo-Americans. Ultimately, Germany was forced to fight a two-front war against both the United States and the Soviet Union. The reinging in of Germany and its unconditional surrender, as a result of the war, marked the fall of Hitler.


On April 30, 1945, with the Allies closing in on Berlin, Hitler committed suicide. After Hitler’s death, his longtime companion and Nazi Party member Eva Braun took cyanide, while Hitler’s body was burned. His remains were never officially identified.

Impact of Hitler’s Rule

Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, complete dictatorship and regim led to one of the most destructive wars in history and the death of millions of innocent people. His rule also brought about one of the most abhorrent and racist policies ever in human history. Moreover, the economic policies implemented by the Nazi regime were deeply divisive and set the people up for economic ruin, with production grinding to a halt.

Holocaust and World War II

Hitler and the Nazi Party orchestrated one of the greatest mass murders in history, the Holocaust. This campaign of genocide has impacted the world to this day, leading to changes in international law and the establishment of a global commitment to never allow such atrocities to take place again. Hitler’s involvement in World War II played a significant role in his legacy and it is believed that the war would have never been fought, if not for Hitler’s aggressive stance.

Ideology and Legacy

Hitler’s ideology was based on extreme racism, anti-semitism, and ultra-nationalism. He believed that German people belonged to an Aryan master race and viewed the Jews as an inferior race to be exterminated. His absurd beliefs and actions still impact the world today, as many people are in denial or even in support of his wrongdoing.

Economy and Civil Rights

When Hitler came to power, Germany was in the midst of an economic crisis and he implemented various reforms in order to boost the economy. These policies were successful to some extent and created the grounds for prosperity during the later years of his rule. Despite the economic gains, civil rights were heavily curtailed under the Nazi rule. Jews were stripped of their civil rights, with their persecution reaching unimaginable levels. Consequently, many left Germany in fear of their lives.

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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