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The Man Behind the Monster: Adolf Hitler
“Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.”

Introduction- Ellie Brann

“Hitler spread death as no person has done in modern history” (Hoffman 264). Adolf Hitler is thought to be one of the most hated people to ever live. His childhood and early life are thought to have a large contribution to the decisions he made later in his life. Hitler was a powerful leader, and many believe he abused his power to satisfy his own desires. Adolf Hitler was a very influential figure of the 1930s.

Background Information-Ethan Taira

Hitler was born on April 20, 1889, and was the fourth child of Alois Hitler, and one of the two that survived childhood out of the six. All of Hitler's elder siblings had died from various causes. Because of this, his parents took great care in raising him. Hitler performed exceptionally well in middle school, but dropped out of high school in order to follow his dream of becoming a painter. However, he was rejected from the Vienna Fine arts Academy in 1907. After this, he lived an impoverished life in Munich, where it is believed his political views first began to form. He fled from Austria to avoid drafting, but was caught while he was trying to escape into Germany. He was later deemed, "Physically unfit" by the Austrian military (Haugen,5). However, at the start of World War One, he volunteered to serve in the German Army, and was accepted even though he was an Austrian citizen. Hitler served briefly in World War 1 as a runner delivering messages across the western front for the German Army.

external image our-fuhrer-a-portrait-of-adolf-hitler-everett.jpg He was wounded twice and received the Iron Cross first Class. Unfortunately for Hitler, the highest rank he ever achieved during World War One was Corporal of his infantry regiment, and was left temporarily blinded from a gas attack when Germany surrendered in 1918. After the war, Hitler turned his attention to the political world and joined the German Socialist Party in 1919. By 1921, he was chairman of the renamed National Socialist German Workers Party (commonly known as the Nazi Party), and was gaining power. The recent Versailles Treaty left Germany in tatters, and many were open to the controversial ideas of the Nazi Party. In 1923, Hitler attempted to overthrow the national government of Germany in the Beer Hall Putsch, where Hitler enlisted the help of World War One general Erick Ludendorff to storm the building where a SA public meeting was taking place. The coup ultimately failed and Hitler was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment for high treason. During his time in jail, Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, or My Struggle, which laid out his plans for the Nazi Party as well as his political views on society. After nine months of imprisonment, Hitler was released by the government due to public pressure, and returned to his position in the Nazi Party. When the Great Depression struck, many Germans wanted someone who would restore Germany to its former glory, and Hitler promised to do this and more. Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany in 1933, and by 1934, he had proclaimed himself Fuhrer or Leader, of Germany. During his reign he promised that he would, "Forge an empire that would last for a thousand years" (Haugen, 19).

Hitler during World War 1 with his infantry regiment, the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment, which served in Belgium and France. Hitler can be seen sitting in the first row on the very left.
Hitler during World War 1 with his infantry regiment, the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment, which served in Belgium and France. Hitler can be seen sitting in the first row on the very left.

Health and Social: Angela Geraci
Further description about Health & Social can be found here

Hitler creating an empire that would last "thousand of years" never exactly happened. However, Hitler was a enormous influence on the health and social activity during the 1930s, but even something that happened eighty-three years ago still has had a huge impact on today’s society. Back then, Hitler made a traumatizing and destructive impact on the world's society. Today, we realize how abysmal the things Hitler did are, and we still do not comprehend how people back then did not realize what Hitler was actually doing. Between the concentration camps and,” the Nuremberg racial laws against the Jews, the persecution of the churches and political dissidents were forgotten by many Germans in the euphoria of Hitter’s territorial expansion and bloodless victories" (Adolf Hitler paragraph 18). He had put so much of society in pain and torture that so many people were ignorant to what he was doing. All the pain Hitler caused has brought us together as a country and world by making us treat everyone of all race and beliefs equally. Our society today stays true to the quote, “…if we do not learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it" (Donahue paragraph 5). As a result of Hitler’s actions, mentally, those tortured were scarred and their mind will never forget what they experienced and what they have seen. In addition, physically, their health back then was beyond low, between being starved, beaten, and experimented on. Jews especially were, “brutally robbed of their property and civil rights" (Hitler, Adolf 3435). Hitler did not care who one was or what good one has, if you were a Jew, Latino, homosexual, gypsy, African- American or even looked suspicious, you would be watched, or captured. Hitler made decisions based on what would make him more powerful. He believed, “Hate is more lasting than dislike" (BrainyQuote 1).

The immediate reaction of German POWs upon being forced by the US Army to watch to the uncensored footage of the concentration camps shot by the US Signal Corps.

Connection to Other Group, Website, Literature, Event, and Personal - Christian Moss

Hitler was one of two main rulers of the 1930s. Hitler tried his best to be the most powerful ruler of the 1930s but Joseph Stalin was creeping up on him ever since the ruling began. Joseph Stalin was the supreme ruler of the Soviet Union for a quarter of a century. It was not easy to live back in the 1930s because "the greatest pain was born by people who lived within the grasp of the century's two most vicious tyrants, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin" (Jennings 253). It was arguable whether Hitler or Stalin was more powerful and most people know Hitler as the bigger name. Adolf Hitler ended up killing around 6,000,000 people when Stalin ended up killing around 20,000,000 people (1). Although Hitler and Stalin hated each other, the two leaders were similar in many ways. Both leaders rose up to the highest attainable position in their respective countries. Both had the same idea in taking over their country by killing millions of people and having no legitimate reason to do so. Both men were skilled users of propaganda, each was amoral, and they both had the ambition to make their countries powerful in the world. Both men (being skilled at propaganda) could twist the minds of people into thinking they were coming somewhere for a little bit just to work. For example, Hitler told people that they needed to bring light clothing and they would only be attending a short work camp. When people noticed they only needed one shirt they thought, “oh that must mean we won’t be here very long.” That was wrong. When the Jews arrived to the “Work Camps” the Nazi’s stripped the Jews of their rights as citizens, and they made them seem like they were not human using propaganda. Without their rights, the Nazis could do anything they wanted to the Jews. This is how the men were amoral, and how they lied outside the sphere of being moral. Everything the Nazi’s told the citizens were total lies and were just cheese for the mouse to come and receive. Since their countries were still trying to recover from World War One, they desired to restore the power back in to their countries. This was the act of making their respective country more powerful. People thought this was such a great idea, so that is why Hitler received 98% of the votes to become Chancellor of Germany. “We elected him by a landslide – 98 percent of the vote,” says holocaust survivor Kitty Werthermann. Kitty Werthermann talks about how Hitler did not take over with weapons and guns, but instead the people, the citizens, the loyal people of Germany voted Hitler into office with no thought at all. Stalin's crimes were committed on behalf of the Jews; Hitler's crimes were committed against the Jews. Although Hitler had his concentration camps, Stalin killed about 7 times as many people as Hitler.

Hitler’s whole philosophy relates to, To Kill a Mockingbird. Hitler is trying to rid the world of Jews, as well as Gypsies because he believes they are an inferior race. Basically, the same thing is happening in the US, just on a smaller scale. White people believe that Black people are inferior, and blacks are not given as many rights or privileges. Both are dealing with the suppression of a certain race. In TKAM Atticus believes that “blacks” should not be referred to as the “n-word” but rather in a more polite manner because of the fact that although they are a different color they still are the same as the others. In reality, there is no inferior religion or race. Sadly, Hitler did not seem to realize this when he was the big threat. Hitler thought his idea of taking all the people out of Germany that did not meet certain standards was good, when in reality it made no logical sense at all.

Adolf Hitler does not directly relate to my personal life, but I have a tie to that era when WWII was occurring My grandfather was German and was fighting in WWII. The twist here, is that he was not fighting for the Germans. My grandfather was German but fought for the Americans in WWII. My grandfather was captured during the war and sent to a German jail where he was beat every single day. He was beat until he would give the guards his information about where he was from and all of his personal information. If he would have told the Germans that he was German but fighting for the Americans, he would have been killed for betraying his country and not being loyal. Finally, after a few weeks or months the American army blew up the jail and rescued all of the troops that were inside. Just knowing that Hitler was the ruler of Germany, my grandfather made a pretty gutsy move to fight for the Americans and not the Germans.

IB Learner Trait of Hitler: Angela Geraci

All IB traits can be found here

Like stated in the paragraph above, Adolf Hitler caused much pain and destruction to those involved in WWII. Hitler best broadcasts the IB trait of being a risk-taker and a communicator. Throughout Hitler’s rise to power, he had to complete many risks in order to get where he wanted. He was aware of the consequences to his actions, however could not care less. Hitler most represented being a risk-taker when he invaded Poland. He knew that by taking over countries in Europe, the chances of a war to breakout were very high. Yet, he continued with this action anyway.
Hitler was also keen at being a communicator. He did not use this trait for the better, only for the worse. His strong, influential speeches captivated and brainwashed the people and youth of Germany. His words left the people mesmerized and elated for what was to come; hoping to believe that the words escaping Hitler’s lips would soon be fulfilled. Little did the people of Germany know what Hitler was really doing. However, they continued to follow "his leadership even when the path of obedience lead them into WWII" (Hitler Adolf 3433). Hitler communicated with the whole country, convincing them that every action he did would help bring Germany back to power and glory. However, as we now see, that did not work out too well, and we wonder how so many people could be brainwashed by the words of one man. We realize it’s because Hitler was a great communicator when it came to the art of evil.

Interesting Facts About Adolf Hitler: Everyone

  • Hitler was said to be addicted to a drug called Amphetamine, which decreased fatigue and increased focus.
  • Hitler was also reported to have various medical conditions such as skin lesions, irregular heartbeat, coronary sclerosis (the clogging of arteries with calcium, cholesterol, or other cellular waste), Parkinson's disease, and tinnitus (the perception of a ringing sound when there really isn't).
  • Hitler’s longest relationship was with Eva Braun (1912-1945). She tried to commit suicide twice in an attempt to garner more of Hitler’s attention (Santoso para. 3).
  • No matter how warm he felt, Hitler never took off his coat in public (Santoso para. 1).
  • In 1923, Nazi press secretary Dr. Sedgwick tried to convince Hitler to get rid of his trademark mustache or grow it normally. Hitler answered: "Do not worry about my mustache. If it is not the fashion now, it will be later because I wear it!" (Santoso para. 1).
  • Hitler was actually a vegetarian, and discouraged many of his guest from eating meat by telling violent stories of animals being slaughtered.
  • Having studied Hitler’s handwriting in 1937, the psychologist Carl Jung concluded that “Behind this handwriting I recognise the typical characteristics of a man with essentially feminine instinct.” (Hitler Facts: 10 Little-known Facts, par. 13)
  • On 2nd January 1939, Hitler was declared Time Magazine’s ‘Man of the Year 1938’. However, far from a celebration of the man, Time noted that “Hitler became in 1938 the greatest threatening force that the democratic, freedom-loving world faces today.” The article continues: “The man most responsible for this world tragedy is a moody, brooding, un-prepossessing, 49-year-old Austria born ascetic with a Charly Chaplin mustache [sic].” (Hitler Facts: 10 Little-known Facts, par. 14)
  • Hitler's father beat him as a child, and was believed to almost kill Hitler.
  • Hitler loved going to the circus and was fascinated at the idea that underpaid performers risked their lives to entertain him.
  • Adolf Hitler never wore cologne or any type of scent on his body.
  • Hitler was know as "Adi" in his youth.
  • Hitler's father was in his third marriage when Adolf was born, and he died thirteen years after Adolf's birth.
  • His mother died in 1908 because of breast cancer.
  • Hitler weighed 155 lb and was five feet, ten inches tall.
  • His favorite movie was King Kong.
  • The Volkswagen Beetle was Hitler’s idea.
  • Adolf Hitler’s mother seriously considered having an abortion, but the doctor talked her out of it.
  • Hitler was once involved in a relationship with his niece, who one day committed suicide by shooting herself in the heart (Santoso para. 4).


Quotes of Adolf Hitler: Everyone

  • “If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!”
  • “It is not truth that matters, but victory.”
  • “The man who has no sense of history, is like a man who has no ears or eyes”
  • “Anyone can deal with victory. Only the mighty can bear defeat.”
  • “What good fortune for governments that the people do not think.”
  • “The very first essential for success is a perpetually constant and regular employment of violence.”
  • “I don't see much future for the Americans ... it's a decayed country. And they have their racial problem, and the problem of social inequalities ... my feelings against Americanism are feelings of hatred and deep repugnance ... everything about the behaviour of American society reveals that it's half Judaised, and the other half negrified. How can one expect a State like that to hold together?”

  • “The scream of the twelve-inch shrapnel is more penetrating than the hiss from a thousand Jewish newspaper vipers. Therefore let them go on with their hissing.”
  • “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty.”
  • "Life is like a game, there could be many players. If you don't play with them,they'll play with you."
  • "Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless."
  • " Germany will either be a world power or will not be at all"
  • "Mankind has grown strong in eternal struggles and it will only perish in eternal peace."
  • "Those who want to live, let them fight, and those who do not want to fight in this world of eternal struggle do not deserve to live."
  • "Words build bridges into unexplored regions."
  • "I do not see why man should not be just as cruel as nature" (BrainyQuote 4).
  • It is not truth that matters, but victory" (BrainyQuote 2).
  • “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it" (BrainyQuote 1).

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(Editing done by Ellie Brann)