Hitlers Rise To Power

By Tristan Ackerman

Eleven million people were murdered during the Holocaust in only twelve years. From 1941 to 1945, Jews were systematically murdered in a genocide, one of the largest in history, and part of a broader aggregate of acts of oppression and killings of various ethnic and political groups in Europe by the Nazi regime. Every arm of Germany's bureaucracy was involved in the logistics and the carrying out of the genocide, turning the Third Reich into a genocidal state. All in all eleven million people should not have been murdered during the holocaust.

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The party's rise to power was rapid. Before the economic depression struck, the Nazis were practically unknown, winning only three percent of the vote to the Reichstag, German parliament in elections in 1924. In the 1932 elections, the Nazis won thirty three percent of the votes, more than any other party. In January 1933 Hitler was appointed chancellor, the head of the German government, and many Germans believed that they had found a savior for their nation. Surely that explains why the party's rise to power was rapid.


Hitler became involved with the fledgling Nazi Party after the First World War, and set the violent tone of the movement early, by forming the Sturmabteilung paramilitary. Catholic Bavaria resented rule from Protestant Berlin, and Hitler at first saw revolution in Bavaria as a means to power, but an early attempt proved fruitless, and he was imprisoned after the 1923 Munich Beer Hall Putsch. He used the time to produce Mein Kampf, in which he argued that the effeminate Jewish Christian ethic was enfeebling Europe, and that Germany needed a man of iron to restore itself and build an empire. He decided on the tactic of pursuing power through legal means. Unquestionably if Hitler would have never been involved with the fledgling the Nazi Party after the First World War the violent tone would have never been set.


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Hitler’s emergence as chancellor on January 30, 1933, marked a crucial turning point for Germany and, ultimately, for the world. His plan, embraced by much of the German population, was to do away with politics and make Germany a powerful, unified one-party state. He began immediately, ordering a rapid expansion of the state police, the Gestapo, and putting Hermann Goering in charge of a new security force, composed entirely of Nazis and dedicated to stamping out whatever opposition to his party might arise. From that moment on, Nazi Germany was off and running, and there was little Hindenburg, von Papen or anyone could do to stop it. Obviously if Hitler would have never came to power and became chancellor of germany there never would have been such a cruel turning point.


Eleven million people murdered during the Holocaust in just twelve years 1933-1945. Hitler was the main killer during the Holocaust, killing over six million Jews, and five million non Jews. Hitler rarely left his underground bunker and spent most of his time micromanaging what was left of German defenses. On April 30, 1945 Hitler warned by officers that the Russians were only a day or so from overtaking the chancellery and urged to escape to Berchtesgaden, a small town in the Bavarian Alps where Hitler owned a home, the dictator instead chose suicide. It is believed that both he and his wife swallowed cyanide capsules for good measure, he shot himself with his service pistol. In summary if Hitler had never come to power and had not become chancellor of Germany not as many lives would have been lost that day, and maybe the Holocaust never would have happened.