A Comparative Study of Nelson Mandela and Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler and Nelson Mandela are vastly different men, however in
many ways through out their lives they both held a huge influence over
their countrymen, the politics of their country and inevitably they
both shaped the course of history for better or worse. Their fight,
was not won without a struggle, but was helped by their masterful
oratorical skills and the willingness of their followers to do
anything for "the cause".
Following the First World War Germanys economy began to fail, the
German people were disgruntled with their current government and went
in search of another leader. They were looking for a man that had the
mettle to lead their country out of the bad times and into the good.
As the world slipped into an economic recession caused by the 1929
Wall Street Crash, conditions in Germany got worse, and the people
At this same time, Hitler saw a weakness in the current government and
began to exploit it for all it was worth. Hitler finally came to power
in a country that was suffering from national humiliation, economic
depression and mass unemployment. As he went slowly about fixing these
problems his popularity soared. Hitler was the first leader to fully
exploit the power of propaganda and mass media. By utilizing these
tools combined with his moving oratory's he was able to quickly win
the German people over. It is said that when Hitler spoke, the
audience would hang on his every word, and eventually some people did.
By using statements that reflected the hopes and expectations of large
sections of the population such as "Hitler, Unsere letze Hoffnung"
(Hitler, our Last Hope) he was able to create a dependence of the
German people on himself. They were looking for someone to lead them
and Hitler has presented himself as their man, "a man of the people
who would save Germany from decline". As Hitler built up his base of
followers through ventures such as the Hitler Youth and his personal
army the German people became more and more convinced that he was
their savior. They not only believed in the principles and moral
values that he held but much more than this they loved him, they would
do anything for him, and later many were called upon to do so.
Following Word War One, Germany's previous governing monarch was
ousted and replaced with an alien democracy. This however was not to
last long, with many people viewing this change of system as
responsible for Germany's numerous problems. As soon as Hitler came to
power he removed and challenge of a political form , sometimes using
force and then further more entrenched himself as dictator of Germany.
As he became less and less dependent of the other politicians around
him he effectively made all the decisions on Germany's future by