Adolf Hitler

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Natalia Manzanares Professor Stefan Crissanthos History 110B 8 May 2014 The Rise of Hitler and the Holocaust Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 in Austria. He eventually moved to Munich, Germany and was in Germany when World War 1 began. He then volunteered for the German army in 1914, although, he only rose to the rank of corporal. During his time in the army, his superiors said he had no leadership abilities. He was wounded three times in battle, received numerous awards, and he was gassed in 1918; therefore he was not around when the German army collapsed when the soldiers had to surrender. After the war, Hitler got into politics and eventually established a new political party, which was known as the Nazi Party. Quite quickly, the Nazi Party started to grow with popularity. Hitler was a great public speaker, so lots of people came to listen. Amongst other things, Hitler attacked Germany’s new democratic government and the treaty of Versailles. The Versailles Treaty ended the war and stripped Germany of most if its territory, forced the country to disarm, and ordered Germany to pay an extreme amount of compensations. The country then became bankrupt and millions of the populations were unemployed. Hitler had the personality for becoming one of the world’s most powerful dictators. Even one of Hitler’s major biographers said, “Hitler was a rationalist and materialist…What interested Hitler was power, and his belief in Providence or Destiny was only a projection of his own sense of power” (Bullock 107). Adolf Hitler exerted significant influence on the Holocaust. In 1920, Hitler joined the National Socialist German Workers party, also known as the Nazi Party. He was able to become the leader of the party, mostly because of his powerful... ... middle of paper ... ...rlands, a boy named Yehudi did not experience the ghettos or the death camps but was sent from safe house to safe house. The constant danger of being discovered or betrayed was his only companion” (Zembrzycki 416). The Holocaust lasted for 12 years, until 1945. Many liberations and takeovers took place by the Americans and other Allies which slowly removed Hitler from power. Also in 1945, Auschwitz was liberated which was the biggest camp run by the Nazis and it was also where the most deaths happened. The liberation of Auschwitz was a major aspect in the end of the Holocaust. When the Allies entered Germany, that’s when they began their downfall. Adolf Hitler committed suicide in April of 1945 before the Allies could capture him. Also thousands of Nazis committed suicide that year rather than facing the consequences of their horrid behaviors and actions.

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