31 March 2014
The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler was one of the most effective and influential leaders in history, his actions during his lifetime still have an impact on today's world. He was Chancellor and later Dictator of Germany, provoked World War II, and was accountable for an estimated 11 million deaths total by the end of his life. Hitler overcame the literal world by rising from a homeless man to Chancellor of Germany, taking over Germany as dictator, and finally ruling over the majority of Europe throughout World War II.
Hitler's youth was not altogether bad, but it was a very influential time for his character. He did not get very good grades in school. He used a lung infection as an excuse to quit his formal education when he was only sixteen years old. He lost his brother in 1900, his father in 1903, and his mother in 1907. He dealt with many difficulties throughout his young life and some of these hardships may have had an effect on how he turned out as an adult.
Hitler's original dream was to be a great artist, but after being rejected from art school for the second time, he ended up an orphan, homeless, jobless, and friendless. After sleeping under bridges and parks for months, he eventually wondered into a shelter, where he met a man named Hanisch. With this man he went into business selling paintings and sold almost every single one(Giblin). Even if he was not accepted into art school, in many ways he would still be defined as a successful artist.
Adolf eventually quit the business and moved to Munich with the money recently received from his father's estate. He was at his happiest in Munich, painting and drawing street scenes, but in January 1914, he was called upon to report in his hometown of Linz to serve in the Austrian Army. He had no interest in fighting for the Austrian army and when he reported there he was declared “unfit for combat and auxiliary duties, too weak. Unable to bear arms”(Giblin 16). He never wanted to fight so to him this was good news, and it begins to show how he may have used deception to get the power he desired.
Shortly after, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne was assassinated, which in turn caused a chain reaction that ended with Germany mobilizing its army against the Russians, this was the beginning of World War I. This gave Adolf the opportunity he was seeking, and he requested permission to enlist in the Bavarian army. His request was accepted the next day and he later wrote, “My joy and gratitude knew no bounds. A few days later I was wearing the tunic I was not to doff until nearly six years later”(Giblin 17). Even though he was not native to Germany, he felt very strongly for the country and had since he was young. Not only was he overjoyed to fight for Germany, it also helped him overcome other hardships such as his unstable job selling paintings, lack of food, and lack of shelter. This one clever action managed to elucidate...