Rosenbaum, Ron. Explaining Hitler: The Search for the Origins of His Evil. New York: Random House, 1998. Print.
Adolf Hitler, born on Easter Sunday, baptized as catholic, didn’t live up to his childhood. Adolf Hitler’s dream before becoming a dictator, was to become an artist. He fought and fought with his father to let him pursue his dream, but his father stayed demanding to the Habsburg civil service. After his father’s death, Adolf Hitler took the entrance exam to the Vienna Academy of the Arts and failed to gain acceptance. Adolf Hitler’s childhood motivated him to create the youth movement. To Hitler, the youth movement was to involve every German child with the community and ready to take on challenges when they grow up. Hitler wanted the German children to turn out perfect,
In conclusion, most people think of Hitler as a monster, cruel, and neurotic. A man who killed over millions of people didn’t come into this world as a monster. How Hitler developed depended on how he was brought up, the experiences and traumatic events he faced made him who he was. His brother dying when he was young, his father being violent towards him, his loving mother passing away. All those experiences changed him and effected him greatly. This can be analyzed by Erik Ericson's psychosocial development stages, Freud Sigmund's psychosexual stages, and parenting style used by Hitler's parents. There are so many factors that shape who we are, from inheriting genes, the environment we are in as well. All those factors shaped who Adolf Hitler was as a person.
Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate is the story of an African boy, Kek, who loses his father and a brother and flees, leaving his mother to secure his safety. Kek, now in Minnesota, is faced with difficulties of adapting to a new life and of finding his lost mother. He believes that his mother still lives and would soon join him in the new found family. Kek is taken from the airport by a caregiver who takes him to live with his aunt. It is here that Kek meets all that amazed him compared to his home in Sudan, Africa. Home of the brave shows conflicts that Kek faces. He is caught between two worlds, Africa and America. He feels guilty leaving behind his people to live in a distant land especially his mother, who he left in the midst of an attack.
Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, once said, “If we bear all this suffering and if there are still Jews left, when it is over, then Jews, instead of being doomed, will be held up as an example.” Exemplary of the modern perspective civilians take on the historical moments of World War II, Anne Frank’s quotation signifies the essence of the Holocaust’s legacy. The Holocaust, the systematic mass slaughter of Jews and other groups judged inferior by the Nazis, marked a significant point in the history of World War II because it influenced the modern-day outlook. Driven by the German hope to conquer the world and to establish a universal empire under their leader, Adolf Hitler, new racial judgments began to emerge. The Aryans, or Germanic people, were considered by many to be a “master race”. Such feelings of dominance stimulated the Nazi’s abuse of power and merciless treatment of innocent men and women. Through the institution of the Nuremberg Laws, congested ghettos, and pitiless acts of cruelty inculcated by Adolf Hitler as part of his “Final Solution”, Nazi soldiers sought to exterminate the entire Jewish race, in addition to other “subhuman” categorized minorities.
Since anti-Semitism was already present, it made manipulating the German public into perceiving the Jew as an enemy an easy task. In political psychology it is believed that politics can cue identity and this is clear when it comes to German society and Hitler. He was able to play on the fear of others and the threat to German culture in order to come to power and fulfill his plan of the extermination of the Jew. Which is what intentionalist believe was what he had set out to do from the beginning. Like Karl Dietrich Bracher states, “Hitler was the most radical expressor and the most effective propagator of a set of ideas and emotions forming the nucleus of extreme German nationalism, that is, anti-democratism, imperialism, and racism.” Hitler was the perfect leader for a nation that was disappointed with the Weimar government and that had a strong sense of nationalism. He tapped into this deep love of nation and used it to turn Germans against Germans, making them fear and hate one another. Intentionalists believe that without Hitler there would have been no
The Nazi Party had numerous methods to influence the opinion of Germany. The Nazis saw the youth as the future of Germany as well as whom they must control the most. The Hitler Youth Organization was one of the most influential forces within the youth of Nazi Germany. In fact, by mid-1933, the Hitler Youth had successfully achieved its goal to either “Nazify” or disband all competing youth groups within the country (“Hitler Youth”). Within the group, German youth were taught the ideology of the Nazi Party. This included education of their views about the status and treatment of Jewish people. As stated in a source of material for the Youth Leaders, “People differ therefore in more than their physical characteristics… their inner relationships must therefore be studied. Then we will clearly recognize the vast difference between those of German blood and the Jews…We then understand human inequality.” (Bytwerk). Their avid belief in social Darwinism, r...
Goldhagen's book however, has the merit of opening up a new perspective on ways of viewing the Holocaust, and it is the first to raise crucial questions about the extent to which eliminationist anti-Semitism was present among the German population as a whole. Using extensive testimonies from the perpetrators themselves, it offers a chilling insight into the mental and cognitive structures of hundreds of Germans directly involved in the killing operations. Anti-Semitism plays a primary factor in the argument from Goldhagen, as it is within his belief that anti-Semitism "more or less governed the ideational life of civil society" in pre-Nazi Germany . Goldhagen stated that a
In "Our Secret" by Susan Griffin, the essay uses fragments throughout the essay to symbolize all the topics and people that are involved. The fragments in the essay tie together insides and outsides, human nature, everything affected by past, secrets, cause and effect, and development with the content. These subjects and the fragments are also similar with her life stories and her interviewees that all go together. The author also uses her own memories mixed in with what she heard from the interviewees. Her recollection of her memory is not fully told, but with missing parts and added feelings. Her interviewee's words are told to her and brought to the paper with added information. She tells throughout the book about these recollections.
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Has the United States government kept secrets from its citizens? Conspiracy theories have been posed throughout the history of our nation. A conspiracy theory is defined as “a theory that explains an event as being the result of a plot by a covert group or organization; a belief that a particular unexplained event was caused by such a group” (Dictionary). Is this an on-going theme in U.S. Government history? Many people believe that our government has purposely fabricated or withheld information regarding historical events; was the moon landing simulated, were service men murdered at Pearl Harbor, who really shot President Kennedy?