The Banning of "All Quiet on the Western Front" in Germany By Hitler

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Adolf Hitler, the most powerful dictator in the history of the world, had fear of a single novel he believed could collapse a plan to strengthen Germany and take over the world. All Quiet on the Western Front describes the experiences of a group of young men who fought in the German Army during World War One. Of course Germany lost World War One and had harsh surrender conditions under the Treaty of Versailles, specifically the 231 Clause. Germany could not build up its military, lost colonies and territory, had to pay reparations, and worst of all got the entire blame for World War One. Hitler knew that to achieve his goal of taking over the world, as outlined in Mien Kampf, he had to enable people to have faith in Germany and have the nationalism they did prior to World War One. Adolf Hitler banned All Quiet on the Western Front in Germany because in order for his plan of strengthening Germany and taking over the world to succeed he believed he had to instill nationalism in every German citizen and make them believe that Germany could be the most powerful country in the world; All Quiet on the Western Front showed weakness of Germany and bad conditions of war that would make German soldiers less confident and less willing to fight and make German citizens less supportive of a war. Although All Quiet on the Western Front shows bravery of a group of young German soldiers, the novel also shows the horror of trench warfare and the terrible conditions of war. The conditions of war described in All Quiet on the Western Front made Hitler afraid that men would be deterred from wanting to fight for Germany or that German men would be less confident when they went to war so they would not be useful soldiers. Hitler had to be a mast... ... middle of paper ... ...of all German people of a war in order to fulfill his plan and that the conditions described in the novel would make the German people less likely to support a war. Hitler banned All Quiet on the Western Front because he knew he needed the support of the German people to achieve his goal of taking over the world. Even though All Quiet on the Western Front showed bravery of a group of young German soldiers, the novel also showed the horror of trench warfare and the terrible conditions of war. Hitler not only knew that he had to ban the novel in order to ensure that the soldiers and German men would be willing to fight, but knew he had to ban the novel in order to get the German people on his side and gain their support. Adolf Hitler banned All Quiet on the Western Front so he could strengthen Germany and Germany’s military and achieve his goal of world domination.

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