Information on Hitler
Information on Hitler
Adolf Hitler wasn't always a power-hungry dictator. In fact, he actually grew up with the desire to become an artist or architect. Born in Austria, Hitler was the 4th of 6 children. He was constantly clashing with his father and demanding increasing attention, and when his father died in 1903, he became quite a 'mama's boy' as his mother wanted to do everything she could to make the boy happy. He moved to Vienna after dropping out of school, where he was going to attend art school. However, since he had dropped out of high school, he couldn't gain admittance.
Aside from art, Hitler had also shown a growing interest in German nationalism from a young age. He completely rejected his home country and saw Germany as a glistening world power that he wanted to be a part of. During World War I, he moved there and joined the army, becoming a decorated war hero that was involved in many infamous events and battles. When Germany surrendered at the end of the war, Hitler was very unhappy about the outcome. He saw it as a country turning against its people, and wanted to do something about it.
Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers' Party after his service in the army, where his nationalist and anti-Semitic ideals were only fueled by the others in the party. After an unsuccessful attempt to take over the government, Hitler dedicated his next years to obtaining a position of power legally. He took over the party, renaming it the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party). Then, he used that position of power to build his following, preach his ideals, and get the support that he needed to be named chancellor in 1933. In 1934, after the unexpected death of the President, Hitler took over as dictator and turned the country into his own Nazi regime.
While Hitler ruled Germany, the goal was to eradicate the Jews in Europe and take over as much territory as possible to make Germany the ultimate world power. This involved the systematic murder of more than 11 million people, around 6 million of whom were Jews. Others that were killed involved the disabled, the elderly, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, gypsies, and anyone who went against the Nazi government. In 1945, the Allied forces finally invaded Germany, taking back power. That April, Adolf Hitler committed suicide. While many people believe it was to evade capture, one of the foremost Nazi principles was death before dishonor and that was likely the reason behind taking his own life.