Hitler and Nazism is a lasting trauma, not only for the world’s society, but also for it’s millions of victims. Only through history can we learn for the future.
No other individual has made a more profound mark or brought so many changes in this century than Adolf Hitler. There has been other dictators such as Mussolini, Stalin, Mao and Castro. Some have been involved in wars of conquest while others have subjected people in servitude presiding over the perpetration of immeasurable inhumanity. “However, the rule of most of them has not seared people’s consciousness beyond their own countries; Hitler’s mark on this century has been deeper than any of them.”( Kershaw 12)
Up until the age of 21 Hitler was a wanderer without any true sense of identify that appeared to shift from place to place without any real sense of direction or ambition. An anti- establishment, he joined the German army during World War I but was never promoted to a rank above corporal. Upon returning from World War I, Hitler was convinced that Germany’s defeat had been managed by Jews and Communists. He returned from the battle front and joined Germany’s Socialist Workers Party. Preaching a gospel of hate from a platform or prejudice and fear, Hitler and his Nazis rose to form a huge movement looking for supremacy with a fanatical vision of a New Order for Germany determined to conquer the world.
“This apparently insignificant and incompetent man, this unlikely pretender, managed to talk his way into one of the highest political office, while deceiving experienced leaders of the major powers.”(Langer 11) He turned millions of highly civilized skilled professionals from all ways of life into obeying unquestionably the orders of a former corporal turning people into barbarians,and ordering the extermination of a large segment of the population. Hitler built and controlled one of the mightiest war machines ever known, and plunge the world into history’s most devastating war.
Appointed chancellor in 1933, Hitler spent the next six years changing the face of Europe by coercing a brutal diplomacy. In 1939 he finally embarked into his “sacred” mission which was to secure by war that which he had not been able to obtain by appeasement. By 1942 his armies had created an empire that stretched from France to Russia. The combined military forces of the United States, the Soviet Union,...