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The Man Behind The Symbols Essay

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"Become strong again in spirit, strong in will, strong in endurance, strong to bare all sacrifices ("Hitler Quotes n.pag.)" A leader to some, the murderer of millions, Adolf Hitler influenced the world with great impact on the minds and hears of all that would follow for generations. Adolf Hitler reigned with an iron heart and the goal of an absolute Aryan race throughout German. Hitler's psychosis on achieving a true Germany lead Europe into frenzy as there was significant murder rate. There was a mass slaughter of Jews, alleged communists, Roman Catholics, the handicapped & mentally challenged, Jehovah's Witnesses, political opponents, homosexuals, Protestants, Gypsies, Soviet POW's, Polish intelligentsia, trade unionists, anti-Nazi clergy, and psychiatric patients. Although Hitler's ethnic cleansing wiped out much of Europe, there were many people who saw him as a savior and a leader. Hitler came on to the world's political stage at a rough time in Germany's history. While Germany was suffering after World War One, Hitler acquired his power by appealing as a hero, stepping up to alleviate numerous problems facing the German people. These problems surrounded the economy, poverty, and unemployment rate. Hitler persevered by using force, telling the world that opponents would succumb to strength and brutality. His motivational speeches were influenced by his offensive intuition. "Strength lies not in defense, but in attack (n.pag.)" Hitler obviously was not one to sit back and let life happen around him. Love him or loathe him, Adolf Hitler affected the world in many ways, even in some positive. He was even named Time Magazine's Person of the Year in 1938 ("Archive" n.pag.). Hitler's mindset and affects on the world have marked him as a very controversial person. On April 20, 1889, a son was born to a minor official of the Hapsburg Empire, Alois Hitler. This child, Adolf Hitler, had a family that originated from Spital, but was born in Braunau between Austria and Bavaria (Bullock 23). Throughout this child's there were many ups and downs, but his failing medical condition would perpetually badger him, even past his adolescence. Adolf Hitler suffered from syphilis, irritable bowel syndrome, skin lesions, irregular heartbeat, Parkinson's disease, and an addiction to methanphetamines ("Adolf" n.pag.). When Hitler was only fourteen years of age, his father died; four years later, his mother died of cancer ("Hitler" 256). The death of his father was a window of opportunity for young Hitler. Adolf Hitler wanted to become a painter; his father however, despised this ambition (Bullock 26). After his father's death, Hitler left school at age sixteen without graduating. In 1907 he moved to Vienna. While living in Vienna, Hitler's anti-Semitism blossomed thanks to the influence of Lanz von Liebenfels, Karl Lueger, and Georg Ritter von Schoner (Wikipedia n.pag.). During his time in Vienna, Hitler's favorite interest was reading...

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