The Holocaust And The Rise Of Nazism

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The Holocaust is, without a doubt, one of the most horrific times in European and world history. Hitler was able to take advantage of certain insecurities of the German people and exploit them to coincide with his viewpoint of how the world should operate. Since the German people were already at a very low time after their defeat in World War I, they needed a scapegoat to blame all of their problems on. Hitler was able to provide them withone, the Jews.

The Holocaust does not begin with the first shots fired in 1939, or a charismatic leader whose speeches entranced the nation; it begins with a boy named Adolph Hitler. Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Vienna Austria to Alois Hitler and his third wife, Klara. Hitler had a very difficult childhood, as his father was demanding and critical of his every move. He expected Hitler to follow his example and work for the Austrian government as he had. The young Hitler had bigger things in mind. He first wanted to become an artist, then an architect. He failed at both. Hitler soon found himself drifting and alone in Vienna. He could barely keep a regular job and would occasionally stay at a homeless shelter. Hitler came to hate Vienna, for it was a place that represented poverty and failure. In one of his writing's he told of how foreign the city seemed and how repelled he became from the whole mixture of people: Czech's, Poles, Serb's, Jews and more Jews. In the spring of 1912 Hitler left Austria and moved to Munich, Germany.

In 1914, war broke out through most of Europe and Hitler quickly enlisted in the German army. Though he never rose above the rank of corporal, he nevertheless found a place for himself. In civilian life he was a failed artist with few friends and virtually no social life. The war gave Hitler a place to outlet his fanatical German nationalism, for he believed in "Deutschland euber alles," or "Germany over all."

In 1918 the unthinkable happened--Germany conceded defeat at the hands of the allies. Hitler's world literally fell apart, and he could not understand how the great German army could lose to supposedly "inferior" nations. Searching for someone to blame, Hitler settled on the Jews, the Communists, and the New Democratic Government. He concluded that these groups had "stabbed Germany in the back"(the holocaust pg 42) by handing information over to the allies which had lead to Germany's defeat.
By the mid 1920's, Hitler had joined and quickly rose to the top of a small political party called the German Workers Party. Hitler used his charismatic and persuasive personality to mold and shape the party to reflect certain views, especially German Nationalism and anti-Semitism. Hitler worked very hard to improve his party's image and in 1927 he changed the name to the National Socialist Party, also known as Nationalsozialistische, or the Nazi Party. Many people were beginning to realize that the Nazi's were a force to be reckoned with.
In 1932, Hitler ran for presidency but...

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