Hitler & his Rise to Power

How did Hitler become such a powerful dictator?

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Background- Who is Adolf Hitler?

Everyone recognises Adolf Hitler as that crazed narcissistic dictator who was responsible for World War II, but what they don't consider or seem to really care about is his past and what led him to becoming said crazed narcissistic dictator. Hopefully this will give an acceptable explanation for that.

Adolf Hitler was born April 20th 1989 and despite his extreme nationalism towards Germany he was actually born in Braunau am Inn, Austria. Hitler didn't encounter a very pleasant childhood, from his abusive father to the his mother who he loved dying while he was young, along with many other hardships. Despite the issues he faced Hitler was quite resilliant and something he truly enjoyed was art so when he was sixteen he left school to further pursue it, by entering an art academy in Vienna. Unfortunately he was rejected multiple times some suggest it was due to his unwillingness to create portraits, none the less by 1909 he was broke and living rough on the streets of Vienna his only source of income from selling his artworks for little money. During this time he formed a hatred towards Jews and other foreigners who were successful.

Hitler and the German Worker's Party- How did Hitler enter politics?

Once World War I began Hitler volunteered to join the German army, he served for four years during the war and was ultimately awarded two Iron crosses for his bravery. Once the war was over he began working in the army's intelligence. His work there lead him to the German Worker's Party . He wasn't that impressed by the party but he appreciated the anti-semitic, nationalist and anti capitalist ideas presented by the leader Anton Drexler. He joined the party in 1919, which he was quickly accepted into, marking his entrance into politics. He was highly acknowledged within the party, and quickly became one of the party's most active and popular preachers. Due to his intelligence and popularity he was put in charge of political ideas and propaganda. He considered this role a way to bring nationalism to the public. By 1920 the party released a 25 point plan to reshape Germany. The programme was announced by Hitler during a meeting with approximately two thousand people present, The party managed to earn the crowds approval on the specific 25 point plan. Overall, Hitler was very successful within that meeting in getting his point across and gaining approval.

What was the 25 Point Plan?

Many of these first steps were what everyone desired which were all improvements and seemed in support of an equality throughout the citizens. Also, the ideas were all written as demands, with a strength and certainty which made them very powerful along with that the rules were written to a theme which was Germany being a deserving country and that it should be treated as superior to other nations. This plan consisted of excess amounts of German superiority, anti-semitism, state over people and odd demands of equality (as long as your a pure bred German). The 25 point plan was quite successful in intriguing the people.

How did Hitler manage to captivate the German people?

For all of Hitler's issues he was undeniably, incredibly clever and charismatic. He managed to arouse crowds by saying everything in a way which made everyone want to agree with him and believe his ideas were correct. Hitler was very clever as he didn't try to make the people fear him he instead caused them to adore him. He spoke of what people would want and was able to get everyone to support all his actions. Ultimately, Hitler was incredibly successful through his certainty, nationalism and overall charisma (and his sexy poses ;) (pictured below)).

Why did the German Workers Party change it's official title?

Soon after, the successful meeting Hitler decided the Party required a recognisable, powerful symbol and in the Summer of 1920 he decided that would be the swastika. He didn't invent the symbol but was quite familiar with it and he described it as follows:"In the red we see the social idea of the movement, in the white the national idea, in the swastika the mission to struggle for the victory of Aryan man and at the same time the victory of the idea of creative work, which is eternally anti-Semitic and will always be anti-Semitic." Later he also took it upon himself to rename the party as the National Socialist German Workers' Party ((Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) or as we recognise it NAZI.

How did Hitler become Leader of the NAZI Party?

Hitler was becoming very efficient and persuasive when speaking to larger crowds, he was gaining notoriety away from the NAZI party. Though becoming more popular within the nation members of the Nazi committee began to consider Hitler to be over the top and controlling. Though when the party attempted a revolt to atlas weaken his position in response to this he resigned from the Party on July 11th, 1921. The Party quickly realised the loss of Hitler would put an end to the party, Hitler was also aware of this and agreed to rejoin on the condition that he would be chairman and to be given dictatorial powers. This infuriated many Nazi members but over all his demands were put to a vote and Hitler came out with his requests being met. From July 29th 1921Hitler became known as 'Führer' of the NAZI party.

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