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Starting out his life in poverty, this infamous man quickly rose through the ranks of the German elite to become one of the ...
most powerful and feared men in the country. WatchMojo profiles Adolf Hitler.
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How Hitler Rose to Power
Beginning his life in poverty, Adolf Hitler quickly went from political extremist to become one of the most powerful men of the 20th century. Hi, I’m Rebecca Brayton and welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be exploring how this infamous man became one of the most powerful man in Germany.
Adolf Hitler was born in Austria Hungary in 1889 however, his family moved to Germany when he was 3-years-old, from a young age he became obsessed with German Nationalism and early on expressed strong anti-Semitic sentiments. Some of his views can be construed as vague as he also stood stauntially opposed to both Capitalism and Communism.
Many view his early beliefs as a way to rebel against his authoritarian father. His father had served the Austrian Government and wished his son to do the same. However, despite living on the boarder between Austria Hungary and Germany, Hitler ignored his roots.
In the First World War, Hitler served Germany, in France and Belgium. He fought in a number of the major battles on the Western front and was twice decorated for bravery. After the war, Hitler became associated with the German workers party which shared his same ideals. He became known even outside the party for his passionate speeches opposing the Treaty of Versailles, Marxist and the Jewish people. Hitler impressed his party early on and by 1921, he became leader of the newly renamed National Socialist German Worker’s Party known more simply as the Nazi party.
Hitler’s powerful speeches attracted attention and he was welcomed in to Germany’s influential circles and viewed as a feasible solution to problems with the current Government. On November 8th 1923, Hitler attempt to the coup which is now known as the Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler and a large group of his parties’ paramilitary soldiers stormed into a Beer Hall in Munich, filled with 3000 people.
Hitler claimed the National Revolution had broken out and the government has been toppled. However, the night was filled with confusion and by the next morning, Hitler and those involved with the uprising realized that it was going nowhere. Hitler was soon after captured and charged with high treason. Hitler’s trial and imprisonment gave the Nazi’s national attention. His defense speech was filled with Nationalistic sentiments and his popularity soared as he entered prison.
By the time of his release, Hitler had written his infamous book Mein Kampf or My Struggle. He had also changed his outlook on revolution. Hitler vowed to do everything by the book and raise a power through the Vimar Republic System rather than by violent revolution. It was it 1930 when the Nazi Party would experience a political turning point. In a span of one election, the party grew from the 9th smallest party in parliament to the 2nd largest.
In 1932, Hitler ran for President. Despite losing to Paul Van Hindenburg, he was increasingly seen as a realistic alternative in German politics. After being subject to increasing pressure, Paul van Hindenburg named Adolf Hitler the Chancellor of a collision government on January 30th, 1933. This date is now commonly associated with eh end of the Vimar Republic and the beginning of Hitler’s third rike.
Not long after Hitler’s appointment, there was a mysterious fire in the building that House Germany’s parliament the Reichstag, Hitler’s Government consequently signed the Reichstag fire degree which suspended the basic rights of German citizens. This gave the government the legal right to imprison anyone considered a Nazi opponent. Hitler then installed the enabling act which legally turned Germany into a dictator ship. Hitler’s subsequently made the Nazi Party the only legal party in Germany by banning opposing parties or forcing them to dissolve completely.
After the death of President Van Hindenburg in August of 1933, Hitler was handed the Presidency by his cabinet. In less than a year, Adolf Hitler had secured supreme political power in Germany.