Adolf Hitler 's Rise Of Power

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In retrospect, Adolf Hitler’s rise to power is a bit late to fully grasp the gravity of the situation in order to fulfill the desire of getting to the skin and bones of the subject; one must travel a few centuries into the future, eventually arriving to 19th century Germany. Sure Hitler’s early regime is a prime source of scrutiny in an attempt to gauge the signs of his readiness to implement a plan of attack against Jews and also serve as a source for pre-Nazism, but what was before this? There is a common denominator between Hitler’s worldview and the German people’s worldview. As an outsider, Hitler had to force himself to be “more German than the Germans”. This was to be accomplished by studying their history and being a master of their teachings. This was accomplished by ascribing to the same source of enlightenment as many young Germans had grown up on, the Geist. Analysis of German “Geist” like Luther, Hegel, Wagner, or Nietzsche reveal an innate tendency towards tyranny, totalitarianism and social intolerance prevalent in the realpolitik that prevailed in German culture. During aforementioned time period, (the 19th Century), a precursor to Nazism was prevalent and came in the guise of Romanticism. Romanticism as defined by our text as “a movement in art, music and literature that countered the rationalism of the Enlightenment by placing greater value on human emotions and the power of creativity” (Cole Symes). Sounds nice right? However, with this came a sense of fervent nationalism that led to creation the German and national identity. Political life was no longer the preserve of social elites, and the commoners in the street could embrace new freedoms with a violent passion that would have surprised the philosophes, w... ... middle of paper ... ...of Marxism, which, he held, had undermined the former strength of the country, and the eradication of which he saw as the highest national goal, worthy of the support of his listeners. The Hamburg patricians shared with Hitler a resentment of the prevailing social-democratic order, although few if any of them could have wished to replace it with an even more radical order, of an even less aristocratic character; nevertheless a common ground was created between them, enabling the speaker to secure the future support of at least some members of his audience. Now, Hitler’s speech as it has been analyzed by Professor Jochmann clearly reveals all the radical elements of his program and points the way to its execution. Properly understood, the speech should have frightened away the conservative audience of the Nationalklub. Professor Jochmann, puzzled by the divergence betw

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