Adolf Hitler Ended Germany’s Democracy
Adolf Hitler ended Germany’s democracy and doomed six million Jews. To this day, Hitler is one of the cruelest people the world has ever seen because of his persecution of not only Jews but of 11 million people. After reading the book Night and completing my research on the topic of Adolf Hitler Birth – 1933, I have learned so much about the dark period known as the Holocaust.
Adolf Hitler was reportedly distant and sometimes depressed as a child and some blame was cast towards growing up in a dysfunctional household. Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau an Inn, Austria. Growing up Hitler dealt with an aggressive father and many siblings’ deaths but what hit him the hardest was when his mother lost her fight with breast cancer on December 21, 1907. Hitler had artistic ambitions and dreams of becoming an artist but was rejected by The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna twice. After Hitler failed to become an artist, he later went into politics.
Hitler first joined the politics as a member of the party known as the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, which was the precursor of the Nazi Party. Hitler and his party, the Nazis, were not elected on their first run for power in Germany in 1924 but ran again. On November 6, 1932, Hitler only received 33% of the votes in the election. The Nazi party failed to win the election. On March 23, 1933 Hitler was elected to German parliament “The obstacle was the 84 year old president Von Hindenburg. He loathed Hitler. He would not make Hitler chancellor, he wrote, because the result would be a Nazi “party dictatorship according to Ted Gottfried in his Germany the Face of Tyranny on page 53. President Von Hindenburg died on August 2, 1934 making Hitler President and the army pledging to him. Hitler had high expectations coming into his job.
Hitler was elected chancellor of Germany by the people with the expectations to save them. He made immediate dramatic changes. “Hitler named Hermann Goring minister of the interior for the state of Prussia. In the post Goring created the Geheime Staatspolizei to eliminate political opponents. As stated by Ted Gottfried in his Nazi Germany the Face of Tyranny on page 54. Hitler turned Germany into a one-party dictatorship as quickly as he could. Hitler soon got his cabinet to declare a state of emergency, which enabled him to take people’s individual rights away. Hitler soon placed his people in state government by taking out the people that were originally elected.
Soon after Hitler was in charge, he began to make decisions based on his hatred and racism toward Jews. The Nazi party created a protective squad, which was a ruthless private army. They created the Gestapo who went door to door arresting people who spoke out against their ways. Hitler imagined the ideal human and was racist towards others. “The Nazis firmly believed they evolved from a mystic race called Aryans, who were blond and blue eyed. According to Herbert Biberman in The Master Race on page 24. Hitler took out his racism against the Jews by taking away their rights and belittling them.
Though Hitler did these unimaginable things a long time ago, his actions still haunt people today. They will not be forgotten, and it will be dreadfully remembered. After my thorough research on Adolf Hitler and the topic of his birth to 1933 and reading the book Night, I have been enlightened of the true horrors of the Holocaust and how tragic and traumatizing it really was. The challenge that is at hand for us now is to stand up and prevent hostile households for children and racism to save people from another event like this one.
- Gottfried, Ted, and Stephen Alcorn. Nazi Germany: the Face of Tyranny. Twenty-First Century Books, 2000.
- Biberman, Herbert. The Master Race. Publisher Herbert Biberman, 1945.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/nazi-rule.
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/hitler-comes-to-power?series=21810
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, https://encyclopedia.ushmm.org/content/en/article/the-nazi-terror-begins