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Adolf Hitler was born in 1889; he was the son of an Austrian customs official. He was a failure in secondary school so he moved to Vienna to become an artist. Even though the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts rejected him, Hitler stayed in Vienna to live the lifestyle of an artist. Hitler said his years in Vienna were an important developmental period in his life; he lived there from 1908 to 1913.
In 1913, Hitler moved to Munich, not knowing what to do with his life, World War I saved him. As a dispatch runner on the Western Front, Hitler became reputable because of his braveness. By the end of the war, he realized he didn't have a purpose so he decided to try out politics in Munich. He joined the obscure German Workers’ Party, a right-wing extreme nationalist party. By the summer of 1921, Hitler had assumed total control of the party, at this point he changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or Nazi for short. Hitler worked hard developing the party into a large political movement, with flags, badges, uniforms, its own newspaper, and its own police force known as the SA, the Sturmabteilung , or Storm Troops.
. By 1923, the party had grown from a few hundred into a membership of 55,000, plus another 15,000 in the SA. When the Weimar Republic was on the verge of collapse in the fall of 1923 Hitler and the Nazis decided to stage an armed uprising in Munich on November 8. Because of his involvement Hitler was arrested and put on trial for treason. He was sentenced to prison for five years. The Beer Hall Putsch proved important in Hitler’s career. Rather than discouraging him, Hitler was reinforced by his trial and imprisonment. He now decided to change his tactics. In 1920, Hitler reorganized the Nazi Party and ex...

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...ially, and legally. Another violent phase of anti-Jewish activity took place in 1938 and 1939, known as Kristallnacht , or Night of Shattered Glass. A German was allegedly killed by a young Polish Jew which became the excuse for a Nazi-led destructive rampage against the Jews in which synagogues were burned, seven thousand Jewish businesses were destroyed, and at least one hundred Jews were killed. 30,000 Jewish males were rounded up and sent to concentration camps. Jews were barred from all public buildings and prohibited from owning, managing, or working in any retail store. Finally, under the direction of the SS, Jews were encouraged to “emigrate from Germany.” After the outbreak of World War II, the policy of emigration was replaced by a more gruesome one. Adolf Hitler viewed the Jews as the archenemies; His hatred of the Jews lasted to the very end of his life

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