The Charismatic Hitler Essay

925 words - 4 pages

The Charismatic Hitler

    Adolf Hitler, with promises of a new nation - a Germanic world power, economically strong and racially pure - led millions of Germans in their hope for a new national Germany and also led millions to their death. Hitler defined and put a Jewish face on Germany's enemy and promised that an elite national Germany would once more be a leading power on the European Continent (Grolier's). Hitler had an overpowering charismatic personality and by promising relief from unemployment, strength against Communism and Jewry, expansion of German territory, Hitler was able to convince Germans that following him would provide a life of comfort and security.


Hitler had a charismatic personality with a decisiveness and power not found in his political opponents. In an essentially political void, Hitler provided "...the appeal of a strong nationalistic figure" (Soldwedel). Hitler was promising a new elite national Germany that would be a leading world power; a world power that was denied Germany in World War I. The German population felt that in Hitler they had a potential leader that understood his people and his country -- a leader who could repair the ailing Germany. "It is as if [Hitler] spoke to each individual..." (Perry 380). In addition to his influential personality, Adolf Hitler was a master in the use of propaganda and pageantry. With electoral propaganda slogans such as "Freedom & Bread" and a promising that "In the Third Reich every German girl will find a husband!" (The Hisory Place:The Rise of Hitler). Hitler used positive messages and promised economic, social and political benefits for the people of Germany. He understood the power of pageantry, cognizant that uniforms, banners, music and military display went hand-in-hand with propaganda messages to influence the eyes, ears and minds of the German peoples. In an effort continue this influence, propaganda movies were made. Included in the list of self-promoting propaganda movies was one portraying Hitler as a god (Triumph of Will, 1935) and another displaying the superiority of the German, or Aryan, race (Olympia, 1936) (A Teacher's Guide to the Holocaust: Holocaust Timeline).


Personality and power, although powerful tools, were not the only reasons the Germanic people followed Hitler. The German people were desperate for relief of the Depression, and Hitler provided the answer that spelled 'relief'-- economic relief. The German people, bitter over the WWI reparations and responsibility of the 'guilt clause' (Chambers 896) were economically empowered by Hitler's claim that Germany was no longer bound by the Versailles Treaty. Unemployment, which had risen to nearly 6 million people (The History Place:The Rise of Hitler) was effectively resolved by the institution of Hitler's Public Works...

Find Another Essay On The Charismatic Hitler

German Support of Nazi Rule Essay

2249 words - 9 pages “Looking back over the period of Nazi rule, this much can be said with a measure of certainty: German society as a whole did not oppose the regime’s anti-Jewish initiatives.” It is hard to believe that a whole society for the most part could be influenced by one man and his rule. Hitler was a very charismatic man who influenced thousands of Germans against their fellow German-Jews. Many were friends, neighbors, some could have even been family

Hitler as a Totalitarian Dictator Essay

1156 words - 5 pages Britannica gives the definition: “In the broadest sense, totalitarianism is characterized by strong central rule that attempts to control and direct all aspects of individual life through coercion and repression. The state achieves popularity through a strong, charismatic leader.” To answer the question, I must adopt the factors stated above and compare them to the example of Hitler and Nazi Germany in order to

What Was The German Foreign Policy From 1933 - 1938

986 words - 4 pages "˜Treaty of Versailles' forbade any naval force). Between 1932 and 1938 the military expenditure increased by 25 billion marks. Hitler announced in 1935 to the public that he had been building up all the military forces of Germany and due to his extremely charismatic speeches, he managed to convince the public that compulsory conscription to the army was a good idea. People believed in Hitler because all other political parties at the time

Individual and Collective Power Based on Mosca and Weber

1840 words - 7 pages . Equality between the two is observed, and no reference to collective or individual can be made since both the bureaucracy and the people (or parliament) pose as a collective and individual power. The discussion of collective and individual power can be further applied to scenes in the propaganda film, "The Triumph of the Will." The movie glorifies Hitler for being a charismatic leader, the embodiment of a political movement. Hitler is portrayed


621 words - 2 pages It is my belief that the most significant man of the 20th century is Adolf Hitler.A charismatic Austrian-born demagogue rose to power during the early 1930s at the time Of social, political, and economical upheaval. Failing to take power by force in 1923, he eventually won power by democratic means. Once in power, he eliminated all opposition and launched an ambitious program of world domination and elimination of the Jews, paralleling ideas he

Hitler 1889-1936

937 words - 4 pages galvanized Hitler's followers to transl ate his broad ideological guidelines into action in the Third Reich. Surprisingly, however, Max Weber's theory of 'charismatic leadership', so prominent in Kershaw's previous work on Hitler, is less conspicuous in this volume (although in his preface Kers haw does acknowledge its influence on his thinking). A disappointing omission from this reviewer's point of view is Kershaw's cursory account of Hitler's views

Biography of Adolf Hitler

1231 words - 5 pages Adolf Hitler is known to be the reason behind the Holocaust. Hitler was a conniving and devious dictator who took the lives of thousand of people because he believed that people who were not Aryans were not superior to those who were. However, men and women first saw Hitler as a man with a charismatic personality and dynamic leadership skills. He was born in Braunau-Am-Inn, Austria on the 20th April 1889. Adolf Hitler was the fourth child of

Charisma and Political Communication

1987 words - 8 pages running mate during the 2008 US presidential election. Still according to Weber, there are three types of leaders: the bureaucratic leader, the traditional leader and finally the charismatic leader. Gandhi was a charismatic leader, Hitler also. These political figures were almost God like for their followers. Indeed as seen through their story, followers went behind these leaders without even questioning their actions. Another interesting fact

Charisma and leadership

724 words - 3 pages Whether a person with average charisma could be considered a superior leader or not will depend on a number of factors. First, it is important to understand what factors constitute charisma, also known as "idealized influence" (Mumford & Strange, 2002) and by inference average charisma. Connelly, Gaddis and Helton-Fauth (2002) cited House (1977) to indicate that Charismatic leadership arises from the interaction of leader capacities (self

Assess the leadership qualities of Hitler.

1684 words - 7 pages attractive than my own party, the German Communist Party, yet they gained an unrivalled popularity, lead by Hitler. He was, admittedly, charismatic, and that does explain a large amount of the following he gained. But surely, I ask myself, that can't have been all. That can't have been enough for people to close a blind eye to what happened during that time. It is in this I find my quandary: was Hitler a political mastermind, steering the smallest of

To what extent, and by what means, did Hitler create a totalitarian regime?

1031 words - 4 pages decisions was created.Though Hitler had unquestionable authority over Germany, the political status of the Nazi party lacked similar stability. The power behind the Nazi regime was not in the structural strength of the party, but with a few charismatic individuals hand-chosen by their leader, Adolf Hitler. Gleichschaltung, or the coordination of everything, was a myth, and the Nazi party and its politics were often confused. Hitler's encouraging

Similar Essays

Charismatic Leadership Essay

850 words - 3 pages lead to powerful leadership. A charismatic leader can be morally good or evil. F.D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Jr., Adolf Hitler and some cult leaders such as David Koresh are all considered charismatic leaders.I found an interesting poll on regarding the U.S. presidential campaign. It asks -- which 2004 presidential or vice presidential candidate has the greatest charisma? Right now George W. Bush is ahead with 42% followed by

Leader Characteristics Essay

1744 words - 7 pages Some believe that a crisis is a necessary component to the rise of a charismatic leader. During times of crisis, the charismatic will emerge with a plan to salvage society (Bass, 1990). This happens not only when there is a major crisis, such as the decline of societal values, but in minor crises as well. This is evident in the rise of charismatics like Martin Luther King, Jr., who responded to the need for blacks to have equality; Adolf Hitler

What Role Did Charisma Play In Hitler's Rise To Power?

1812 words - 7 pages leadership.The third is a consequence of the former two; 'Emotional community', the social group formed around the charismatic leader.'The necessity for proof of success' which is the greatest obligation of the charismatic leader.Adolph Hitler was born on April 20, 1889. Hitler's older brother died soon after birth and two younger brothers died from diphtheria when he was still young. His brother Alois ran away from home to escape the brutal

'hitler's Charismatic Personality And Policies Only Partly Explain The Nazis' Rise To Power In 1933.' To What Extent Do You Agree With This Statement?

889 words - 4 pages The Nazi rise to power was helped greatly by Hitler's charismatic personality and policies. He had cleverly taken Germany's recent misfortunes and manipulated his policies to make them very appealing to the German public. The failure of the Weimar Democracy, the Treaty of Versailles, Hyperinflation and the Depression provided many opportunities for Hitler to make promises and allowed for him base his policies around these promises. Although