Adolf Hitler: A Very Brief Biography

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Adolf Hitler is one of the most well known figures of the twentieth century. His power was far reaching and exceptionally destructive. Because of Hitler, one out of every three european jews lost their lives. Entire communities suddenly disappeared and over ten-million people were murdered because of his racial, ethnic, and political policies (Bigelow). In Adolf Hitler’s push towards a harsh dictatorship, through his use of propaganda, strategic military power, and his mass genocidal tactics, Adolf Hitler negatively impacted Germany and eventually the world because of his role in World War Two. Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau, Austria. When Hitler was eighteen years old, he traveled to Vienna, Austria to take an entrance exam for the Academy of Fine Arts. He was devastated to find out his drawings he had submitted were not good enough to get him accepted. The schools director suggested that he go finish his high school career, then apply to the School of Architecture. Later, in 1907 Hitler's mother passed away. He was heartbroken. He reapplied to the Academy in 1908 but was rejected yet again. For the next five years Hitler roamed the streets of Vienna, making what ever money he could, by painting portraits and other art (Bigelow). This was when Hitler's hatred for Jews grew. He blamed Jews for his own lack of success. He even blamed the Jews for Germany’s enormous war reparations from World War One. Hitler paid close attention to public events, and learned about the use of propaganda. He began delivering speeches, persuading people to view things a certain way including his anti-semitic attitude. Hitler was a very persuasive speaker which led to his success at winning over the people. Over several years Hitle... ... middle of paper ... ...d.), Der großdeutsche Freiheitskampf. Reden Adolf Hitlers, vol. 3 (Munich: Franz Eher, 1942), pp. 51-61. Hitler, Adolf." World War II Reference Library. Ed. Barbara C. Bigelow, et al. Vol. 3: Biographies. Detroit: UXL, 1999. 100-112. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 3 Mar. 2014. Redding, Kimberly A. "Fascist Youth." Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood: In History and Society. Ed. Paula S. Fass. Vol. 2. New York: Macmillan Reference USA, 2004. 342-344. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 5 Mar. 2014. Teachers Guide to the Holocaust. Florida Center for Instructional Technology, 2005. Web. 4 Mar. 2014. . United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “The Holocaust.” Holocaust Encyclopedia. http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143. Accessed on [3/28].

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