Adolf Hitler: Rise to Power

By: Lydia Quiring

Adolf Hitler was born in Austria on April 20, 1889. When he was three his family moved to Germany. His early life was hard, he did not get along with his father and he was never very good a school. He rejected the Austia-hungary people and was dedicated to the German nation.

Hitler fought for Germany in World War One, even though he wasn't near the front line he was injured in battle and given the Iron Cross First Class and the Black Wound Badge. The war encouraged his German patriotism and was shocked when Germany surrendered. He believed that the government officials had betrayed Germany.

Hitler's Plan!

Hitler believed the Germans were a superior race, a race that needed more land. He wanted to invade Poland and take their land. He believed all other races were inferior and below them, especially Jews (who he blamed for losing World War One). Hitler was a huge follower of Mussolini, and hated the Allies who fought in World War One. He was also mad at the German government for surrendering. He called for a new government. After trying to start and uprising he was sent to prison for a short time. While in prison Hitler wrote a book called "My Struggle" it was about his plan for Germany and his hatred for communists and the Jews. Hitler wanted German equality and superiority and preservation. He wanted to expand the German territory into Poland.

In 1932 Hitler was appointed Chancellor. This put him in perfect position to start his big plan. He passed the Reichtag Fire Decree after a suspicious fire, this decree suspended basic rights and allowed detention without trial. He also passed the Enabling act, which gave his cabinet full political power for four years. Hitler pulled Germany out of the League of Nations and prepared for war.

How he got away with it

Germany was in a weak and vulnerable condition after World War One and in their crises they went to any extreme party they could. Plus the depression didn't help the economy either. Germans were still upset over the loss in World War One and had little confidence in their government. These events were the best opportunity for a new government, Hitler and his new party, the Nazi party.

Hitler was a very popular person, and a good, captivating leader. He had promised a better life and a new Germany. All these things led up to Hitler's power, and eventually his dictatorship.

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