Adolf Hitler was born on 20th April, 1889, in the small Austrian town of Braunau near the German

border. Both Hitler's parents had come from poor peasant families. His father Alois Hitler, the illegitimate son of a housemaid, was an intelligent and ambitious man and later became a senior customs official. Klara Hitler was Alois' third wife. Alois was twenty-three years older than Klara and already had two children from his previous marriages. Klara and Alois had five children but only Adolf and a younger sister, Paula, survived to become adults. Alois, who was fifty-one when Adolf was born, was extremely keen for his son to do well in life. Alois did have another son by an earlier marriage but he had been a big disappointment to him and eventually ended up in prison for theft. Alois was a strict father and savagely beat his son if he did not do as he was told. Hitler did extremely well at primary school and it appeared he had a bright academic future in front of him. He was also popular with other pupils and was much admired for his leadership qualities. He was also a deeply religious child and for a while considered the possibility of becoming a monk. Competition was much tougher in the larger secondary school and his reaction to not being top of the class was to stop trying. His father was furious as he had high hopes that Hitler would follow his example and join the Austrian civil service when he left school. However, Hitler was a stubborn child and attempts by his parents and teachers to change his attitude towards his studies were unsuccessful. Hitler also lost his popularity with his fellow pupils. They were no longer willing to accept him as one of their leaders. As Hitler liked giving orders he spent his time with younger pupils. He enjoyed games that involved fighting and he loved re-enacting battles from the Boer War. His favourite game was playing the role of a commando rescuing Boers from English concentration camps. The only teacher Hitler appeared to like at secondary school was Leopold Potsch, his history master. Potsch, like many people living in Upper Austria, was a German Nationalist. Potsch told Hitler and his fellow pupils of the German victories over France in 1870 and 1871 and attacked the Austrians for not becoming involved in these triumphs. Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of the German Empire, was one of Hitler's early historical heroes. Hitler's other main interest at school was art. His father was incensed when Hitler told him that instead of joining the civil service he was going to become an artist. The relationship between Hitler and his father deteriorated and the conflict only ended with the death of Alois Hitler in 1903.

Hitler was thirteen when his father died. His death did not cause the family financial hardships. The Hitler family owned their own home and they also received a lump sum and a generous civil service pension. Klara Hitler, a kind and gentle woman, tended to spoil her son. Like her husband she was keen for Adolf to do well at school. Her attempts at persuasion achieved no more success than her husband's threats and he continued to obtain poor grades. At the age of fifteen he did so badly in his examinations that he was told he would have to repeat the whole year's work again. Hitler hated the idea and managed to persuade his mother to allow him to leave school without a secondary education qualification. He celebrated by getting drunk. However, he found it an humiliating experience and vowed never to get drunk again. He kept his promise and by the time he reached his thirties he had given up alcohol completely. When he was eighteen Hitler received an inheritance from his father's will. With the money he moved to Vienna where he planned to become an art student. Hitler had a high opinion of his artistic abilities and was shattered when the Vienna Academy of Art rejected his application. He also applied to the Vienna School of Architecture but was not admitted because he did not have a school leaving certificate. Hitler was humiliated by these two rejections and could not bring himself to tell his mother what had happened. Instead he continued to live in Vienna pretending he was an art student. In 1907 Klara Hitler died from cancer. Her death affected him far more deeply than the death of his father. He had fond memories of his mother, carried her photograph wherever he went and, it is claimed, had it in his hand when he died in 1945. As the eldest child, Hitler now received his father's civil service pension. It was more money than many people received in wages and meant that Hitler did not have to find employment. He spent most of the morning in bed reading and in the afternoon he walked around Vienna studying buildings, visiting museums, and making sketches. In 1909 Hitler should have registered for military service. He was unwilling to serve Austria, which he despised, so he ignored his call-up papers. It took four years for the authorities to catch up with him. When he had his medical for the Austro-Hungarian Army in 1914 he was rejected as being: "Unfit for combatant and auxiliary duty - too weak. Unable to bear arms." The outbreak of the First World War provided him with an opportunity for a fresh start. It was a chance for him to become involved in proving that Germany was superior to other European countries. Hitler claimed that when he heard the news of war: "I was overcome with impetuous enthusiasm, and falling on my knees, wholeheartedly thanked Heaven that I had been granted the happiness to live live at this time. Rejecting the idea

of fighting for Austria, Hitler volunteered for the German Army. In times of war medical examinations are not so rigorous. Hitler liked being in the army. For the first time he was part of a group that was fighting for a common goal. Hitler also liked the excitement of fighting in a war. Although fairly cautious in his actions, he did not mind risking his life and impressed his commanding officers for volunteering for dangerous missions. His fellow soldiers described him as "odd" and "peculiar". One soldier from his regiment, Hans Mend, claimed that Hitler was an isolated figure who spent long periods of time sitting in the corner holding his head in silence. Then all of a sudden, Mend claimed, he would jump up and make a speech. These outbursts were usually attacks on Jews and Marxists who Hitler claimed were undermining the war effort. Hitler was given the job of despatch-runner. It was a dangerous job as it involved carrying messages from regimental headquarters to the front-line. On one day alone, three out of eight of the regiment's despatch-runners were killed. For the first time since he was at primary school Hitler was a success. Hitler won five medals including the prestigious Iron Cross during the First World War. His commanding officer wrote: "As a dispatch-runner, he has shown cold-blooded courage and exemplary boldness. Under conditions of great peril, when all the communication lines were cut, the untiring and fearless activity of Hitler made it possible for important messages to go through". Although much decorated in the war, Hitler only reached the rank of corporal. This was probably due to his eccentric behaviour and the fear that the other soldiers might not obey the man they considered so strange. In October 1918, Hitler was blinded in a British mustard gas attack. He was sent to a military hospital and gradually recovered his sight. While he was in hospital Germany surrendered. Hitler went into a state of deep depression, and had periods when he could not stop crying. He spent most of his time turned towards the hospital wall refusing to talk to anyone. Once again Hitler's efforts had ended in failure. After the war Hitler was stationed in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. While Hitler was in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, Kurt Eisner, leader of the Independent Socialist Party, declared Bavaria a Socialist Republic. Hitler was appalled by the revolution. As a German Nationalist he disagreed with the socialist belief in equality. Hitler saw socialism as part of a Jewish conspiracy. Many of the socialist leaders in Germany, including Kurt Eisner, Rosa Luxemburg, Ernst Toller and Eugen Levine were Jews. So also were many of the leaders of the October Revolution in Russia. This included Leon Trotsky, Gregory Zinoviev, Lev Kamenev, Dimitri Bogrov, Karl Radek, Yakov Sverdlov, Maxim Litvinov, Adolf Joffe, and Moisei Uritsky. It had not escaped Hitler's notice that Karl Marx, the prophet of socialism, had also been a Jew.

It was no coincidence that Jews had joined socialist and communist parties in Europe. Jews had been persecuted for centuries and therefore were attracted to a movement that proclaimed that all men and women deserved to be treated as equals. This message was reinforced when on 10th July, 1918, the Bolshevik government in Russia passed a law that abolished all discrimination between Jews and non-Jews. It was not until May, 1919 that the German Army entered Munich and overthrew the Bavarian Socialist Republic. Hitler was arrested with other soldiers in Munich and was accused of being a socialist. Hundreds of socialists were executed without trial but Hitler was able to convince them that he had been an opponent of the regime. To prove this he volunteered to help to identify soldiers who had supported the Socialist Republic. The authorities agreed to this proposal and Hitler was transferred to the commission investigating the revolution. Information supplied by Hitler helped to track down several soldiers involved in the uprising. His officers were impressed by his hostility to left-wing ideas and he was recruited as a political officer. Hitler's new job was to lecture soldiers on politics. The main aim was to promote his political philosophy favoured by the army and help to combat the influence of the Russian Revolution on the German soldiers. Hitler, who had for years been ignored when he made political speeches, now had a captive audience. The political climate had also changed. Germany was a defeated and disillusioned country. At Versailles the German government had been forced to sign a peace treaty that gave away 13% of her territory. This meant the loss of 6 million people, a large percentage of her raw materials (65% of iron ore reserves, 45% of her coal, 72% of her zinc) and 10% of her factories. Germany also lost all her overseas colonies. Under the terms of the Versailles Treaty Germany also had to pay for damage caused by the war. These reparations amounted to 38% of her national wealth. Hitler was no longer isolated. The German soldiers who attended his lectures shared his sense of failure. They found his message that they were not to blame attractive. He told them that Germany had not been beaten on the battlefield but had been betrayed by Jews and Marxists who had preached revolution and undermined the war effort. The German Army also began using Hitler as a spy. In September 1919, he was instructed to attend a meeting of the German Worker's Party (GWP). The army feared that this new party, led by Anton Drexler, might be advocating communist revolution. Hitler discovered that the party's political ideas were similar to his own. He approved of Drexler's German nationalism and anti-Semitism but was unimpressed with the way the party was organized. Although there as a spy, Hitler could not restrain himself when a member made a point he disagreed with, and he stood up and made a passionate speech on the subject.

he eventually agreed. Captain Ernst Roehm. As soon as his speech finished Hitler would quickly leave the stage and disappear from view. his face turned white. The Hitler File The Last of the Hitlers Hitler always arrived late which helped to develop tension and a sense of expectation. At first Hitler was reluctant. Hitler was often the main speaker and it was during this period that he developed the techniques that made him into such a persuasive orator. including one of his commanding officers. His voice would get louder and become more passionate. By the end of the speech the audience would be in a state of near hysteria and were willing to do whatever Hitler suggested. The German Worker's Party used some of this money to advertise their meetings. Captain Karl Mayr. He ranted and raved about the injustices done to Germany and played on his audience's emotions of hatred and envy. The arrival of Roehm was an important development as he had access to the army political fund and was able to transfer some of the money into the GWP. Hitler was immediately asked to join the executive committee and was later appointed the party's propaganda manager. stood to attention and waited until there was complete silence before he started his speech. He was only the fifty-fourth person to join the GWP. Sweat poured of him. his eyes bulged and his voice cracked with emotion. He took the stage. but urged on by his commanding officer. For the first few months Hitler appeared nervous and spoke haltingly. In the next few weeks Hitler brought several members of his army into the party. Slowly he would begin to relax and his style of delivery would change. Hitler's aim was to create an air of mystery about .Drexler was impressed with Hitler's abilities as an orator and invited him to join the party. Refusing to be photographed. He would start to rock from side to side and begin to gesticulate with his hands.

In the programme the party refused to accept the terms of the Versailles Treaty and called for the reunification of all German people. "Foreigners" and "aliens" would be denied these rights. especially those that involved racial or sexual equality. However. socialism was a popular political philosophy in Germany after the First World War. Jews and other "aliens" would lose their rights of citizenship. profit-sharing in large industries. In February 1920. He claimed he was only in favour of equality for those who had "German blood". Hitler's reputation as an orator grew and it soon became clear that he was the main reason why people were joining the party. To appeal to the working class and socialists. Hitler had always been hostile to socialist ideas. the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) published its first programme which became known as the "25 Points". the largest political party in Germany. therefore redefined socialism by placing the word 'National' before it. One change suggested by Hitler concerned adding "Socialist" to the name of the party. the programme included several measures that would redistribute income and war profits. nationalization of trusts. Hitler. This was reflected in the growth in the German Social Democrat Party (SDP). This gave Hitler tremendous power within the organization as they knew they could not afford to lose him. and immigration of non-Germans should be brought to an end. equal rights were only to be given to German citizens. hoping that it would encourage others to come and hear the man who was now being described as "the new Messiah". The Third Reich Visions of Victory . increases in old-age pensions and free education.himself. To reinforce their ideas on nationalism.

thick woolen socks and combat boots.000 people. Workers in the Ruhr responded by going on strike which badly hurt the German economy. Hitler was sent to prison for three months for being part of a mob who beat up a rival politician. Hitler knew that the growth in the party was mainly due to his skills as an orator and in the autumn of 1921 he challenged Anton Drexler for the leadership of the party. In January the French Army occupied the Ruhr because they claimed Germany was falling behind with her reparations. ski-caps. In 1923 the German Government had to deal with a series of difficult problems. At the meeting Hitler called for the overthrow of the German government and even suggested that its leaders should be executed. In September 1921. Accompanied by bands of musicians and carrying swastika flags. the national government in Berlin were concerned and passed a "Law for the Protection of the Republic". As people found their savings becoming worthless. When Hitler was released. The SA wore grey jackets. The rally was attended by over 2. a great improvement on the 25 people who were at Hitler's first party meeting. the NSDAP (later nicknamed the Nazi Party) held a mass rally where it announced its new programme. However. The SA (also known as stormtroopers or brownshirts) were instructed to disrupt the meetings of political opponents and to protect Hitler from revenge attacks. and Hermann Goering. they turned against their government. One of the consequences of this was rapid inflation. Hitler's stormtroopers were often former members of the Freikorps (right-wing private armies who flourished during the period that followed the First World War) and had considerable experience in using violence against their rivals. a former air-force pilot. 1920. he formed his own private army called Sturm Abteilung (Storm Section). they would parade through the streets of Munich. the local rightwing Bavarian government did not take action against the Nazi Party. brown shirts (khaki shirts originally intended for soldiers in Africa but purchased in bulk from the German Army by the Nazi Party). Hitler's ability to arouse in his supporters emotions of anger and hate often resulted in their committing acts of violence.On 24th February. As this violence was often directed against Socialists and Communists. . and Hitler became the new leader of the Nazi Party. Hitler's response was to organize a rally attended by 40. After brief resistance Drexler accepted the inevitable. Captain Ernst Roehm of the Bavarian Army played an important role in recruiting these men.000 people. became their leader. swastika armbands. knee-breeches. At the end of the march Hitler would make one of his passionate speeches that encouraged his supporters to carry out acts of violence against Jews and his left-wing political opponents.

Only Eric Ludendorff and his adjutant continued walking towards the police. included Goering. This meant that the national government in Berlin soon heard about Hitler's putsch and gave orders for it to be crushed.000 officials. Soon afterwards Eric Ludendorff arrived. The next day Hitler. Hitler jumped onto a table. Communists and the German government.000 officials. the commandant of the Bavarian State Police into an adjoining room. When the firing started Hitler threw himself to the ground dislocating his shoulder. leading a group of stormtroopers. and was a strong supporter of the Nazi Party. Later Nazi historians were to claim that the . the leader of the Bavarian government was making a speech. Hitler had not arranged for the stormtroopers to take control of the radio stations and the telegraph offices. the police fired into the ground in front of the marchers. fired two shots in the air and told the audience that the Munich Putsch was taking place and the National Revolution had began. Surprisingly. Socialists. When Stresemann decided to call off resistance to the French occupation of the Ruhr and to start paying reparations to the Allies again. the Nazis followed their leader's example and ran away. the commander of the Bavarian Army and Hans von Seisser. The stormtroopers returned the fire and during the next few minutes 21 people were killed and another hundred were wounded. While Hitler had been appointing government ministers. and one for me!" After this the three men agreed. Hitler now planned to march on Berlin and remove the national government. Hitler took Gustav von Kahr. Hitler and armed stormtroopers entering the building. At Odensplatz they found the road blocked by the Munich police. Hitler decided it was time for him to become the new leader of Germany. Ludendorff had been leader of the German Army at the end of the First World War. Aware that this would be an act of high treason.000 armed supporters of the Nazi Party marched through Munich in an attempt to join up with Roehm's forces at the War Ministry. gentlemen. attractive. Hermann Goering and 3. Leaving Hermann Goering and the SA to guard the 3. Hitler told the men that he was to be the new leader of Germany and offered them posts in his new government. had seized the War Ministry and Rudolf Hess was arranging the arrest of Jews and left-wing political leaders in Bavaria. Hitler lost his nerve and ran to a nearby car. As they refused to stop. Hitler was furious and threatened to shoot them and then commit suicide: "I have three bullets for you. On 8th November. Although the police were outnumbered. 1923. Ludendorff agreed to become head of the the German Army in Hitler's government. Otto von Lossow. the Bavarian government held a meeting of about 3. Ernst Roehm. Eric Ludendorff. He had therefore found Hitler's claim that the war had not been lost by the army but by Jews. While Gustav von Kahr. Gustav Stresemann became the new Chancellor of Germany. the three men were initially reluctant to agree to this offer.On 13th August.

Hitler was arrested and put on trial for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch. proposed that Hitler should spend his time in prison writing his autobiography. In the latter Ford claimed that there was a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. extremely difficult to read.reason Hitler left the scene so quickly was because he had to rush an injured young boy to the local hospital. If found guilty. the book that Hitler wrote in prison was repetitive. My Life and Work. and a steady flow of friends. he agreed when it was suggested that he should dictate his thoughts to a ghostwriter. Hitler's publisher reduced it to My Struggle (Mein Kampf). Maurice. Officially there were restrictions on visitors but this did not apply to Hitler. confused. a student at Munich University. turgid and therefore. political ideas and an explanation of the techniques of propaganda." One writer who influenced Hitler while in prison was Henry Ford. While in prison Hitler suffered from depression and talked of committing suicide. The prison authorities surprisingly agreed that Hitler's chauffeur. Hitler also approved of Ford's hostile views towards communism and trade unions. After hiding in a friend's house for several days. and a book of his called The International Jew. In his writing. was at first not keen on the idea. Most of these dealt with German history and political philosophy. to convey his message. and the main purpose of this part of the book appears to be to provide a positive image of Hitler. However. The autobiographical details in Mein Kampf are often inaccurate. Hitler was unable to use the passionate voice and dramatic bodily gestures which he had used so effectively in his speeches. his business manager. whose main talent was as a street fighter. the American car-manufacturer. He was even allowed to have visits from his pet Alsatian dog. wear his own clothes and receive gifts. He was treated well and was allowed to walk in the castle grounds. Hess made a valiant attempt at turning Hitler's spoken ideas into prose. Stupidity. and although he was found guilty he only received the minimum sentence of five years. At his trial Hitler was allowed to turn the proceedings into a political rally. The book is a mixture of autobiography. was a poor writer and the job was eventually taken over by Rudolf Hess. However. Hitler faced the death penalty. Max Amnan. Hitler read Ford's autobiography. it soon became clear that the Nazi sympathizers in the Bavarian government were going to make sure that Hitler would not be punished severely. The book was originally entitled Four Years of Struggle against Lies. and Cowardice. who had never fully mastered writing. Later he was to describe his spell in prison as a "free education at the state's expense. Emil Maurice. While in Landsberg he read a lot of books. . Other members of the Nazi Party also received light sentences and Eric Ludendorff was acquitted. Hitler. Hitler was sent to Landsberg Castle in Munich to serve his prison sentence. could live in the prison to carry out this task. However. party members and journalists spent long spells with him.

For example. In Mein Kampf Hitler outlined his political philosophy. "Every manifestation of human culture. when Hitler was living a life of leisure in Vienna he claims he was working hard as a labourer. but it could be done. He claimed that the "Jewish youth lies in wait for hours on end satanically glaring at and spying on the unconscious girl whom he plans to seduce. If he should be exterminated or subjugated." Although other races would resist this process. To support this view he gave the example of how the British Empire had controlled a quarter of the world by being well-organised and having well-timed soldiers and sailors. which we see before our eyes today. This would be difficult and force would have to be used. adulterating her blood with the . (Hitler ignored the fact that some of his favourite composers and musicians were Jewish). Hitler 1889-1936 Hitler 1889-1936 Hitler believed that Aryan superiority was being threatened particularly by the Jewish race who. were lazy and had contributed little to world civilization. he argued. science and technical skill. If this happened world civilization would decline: "On this planet of ours human culture and civilization are indissolubly bound up with the presence of the Aryan. the Aryan race had a duty to control the world. every product of art. then the dark shroud of a new barbarian era would enfold the earth." Hitler warned that the Aryan's superiority was being threatened by intermarriage. is almost exclusively the product of Aryan creative power. He argued that the German (he wrongly described them as the Aryan race) was superior to all others.

Hitler also alleged that the Jews had been responsible for losing the First World War. The Germany of 1924 was dramatically different from the Germany of 1923. and that in the struggle for space the strong countries take land from the weak. according to Hitler. He argued that the communist revolution was an act of revenge that attempted to disguise the inferiority of the Jews. Like Henry Ford." To achieve this expansion in the East and to win back land lost during the First World War." Hitler believed that the Jews were involved with Communists in a joint conspiracy to take over the world. Inflation had been brought under control and the economy began to improve. In Mein Kampf Hitler declared that: "The external security of a people in largely determined by the size of its territory. The German people gradually gained a new faith in their democratic system and began to find the extremist solutions proposed by people such as Hitler unattractive. According to James Douglas-Hamilton (Motive for a Mission) Karl Haushofer provided "Hitler with a formula and certain well-turned phrases which could be adapted. If he won power Hitler promised to occupy Russian land that would provide protection and lebensraum (living space) for the German people. They were doing this by controlling the largest political party in Germany. an argument against democracy: "a hundred blockheads do not equal one man in wisdom. Hitler was released from prison on 20th December. the German Social Democrat Party. Hitler claimed that it might be necessary to form an alliance with Britain and Italy. An alliance with Britain was vitally important because it would prevent Germany fighting a war in the East and West at the same time. pornography and prostitution. The economic policies of the German government had proved successful. Hitler claimed that 75% of all Communists were Jews. Jews were responsible for everything he did not like. Hitler also claimed that Jews. . after serving just over a year of his sentence." According to Hitler. who were only about 1% of the population.ultimate idea of bastardizing the white race which they hate and thus lowering its cultural and political level so that the Jew might dominate. and the end of the Jewish domination of Russia will also be the end of Russia as a state. including modern art. Hitler argued that the combination of Jews and Marxists had already been successful in Russia and now threatened the rest of Europe. were slowly taking over the country. 1924. The fact that Jews had achieved prominent positions in a democratic society was. many of the leading companies and several of the country's newspapers. This action would help to destroy the Jewish/Marxist attempt to control the world: "The Russian Empire in the East is ripe for collapse. Haushofer had developed the theory that the state is a biological organism which grows or contracts. and which at a later stage suited the Nazis perfectly".

" On another occasion he said: "I detest women who dabble in politics. Grim Reaper." . walking and being driven fast around the countryside in his new supercharged Mercedes. and claimed that he was no longer in favour of revolution but was willing to compete with other parties in democratic elections. This policy was unsuccessful and in the elections of December 1924 the NSDAP could only win 14 seats compared with the the 131 obtained by the Socialists (German Social Democrat Party) and the 45 of the German Communist Party (KPD). The Nation (April. Later he was to say this was the happiest time of his life. Hitler liked the company of beautiful and frivolous women and avoided women who wanted to discuss political issues. He spent his time reading. For the first time in his life he began to take a serious interest in women. Georges.Hitler attempted to play down his extremist image. His attitude towards women is reflected in his comment that: "A highly intelligent man should take a primitive and stupid woman. 1933) Hitler went to live in Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps.

Hitler became extremely possessive and Emil Maurice. committed suicide by throwing herself out of a hotel window in Berlin. Another story involved Geli committing suicide because she was expecting Hitler's child. Little evidence has been provided to support these suggestions and the reasons for her death remain a mystery After the death of Geli Raubal. Geli also complained about the way Hitler controlled her life On September 8. a sixteen-year-old girl he was involved with. Hitler had no desire to have children. Eva was extremely jealous of Hitler's other girlfriends and in 1932 she also attempted suicide by shooting herself in the neck. and after this incident Hitler seemed to become more attached to Eva and saw less of other women. The relationship with Geli was stormy and they began to accuse each other of being unfaithful. The Nazi Party always attempted to keep Hitler's love life secret. Geli Raubal. Hitler began to see more of Eva Braun. Hitler was heard to shout at Geli as he was about to get into his car: "For the last time.This was one of the reasons Hitler tended to be attracted to women much younger than himself. no!" After he left Geli shot herself through the heart with a revolver. The couple lived together for over two years. One consequence of Geli's suicide was that Hitler became a vegetarian. Hitler. was sacked. and there was a scandal when Maria Reiter. who also showed interest in Geli. tried to commit suicide. Doctors managed to save her life. In 1928 Hitler asked his half-sister. It was claimed that Geli had been badly beaten up by Hitler before she shot herself. Hitler left for Hamburg after having a blazing row with Geli over her desire to spend some time in Vienna. Some people claimed she was murdered by Heinrich Himmler because she was threatening to blackmail Hitler. He claimed that meat now reminded him of Geli's corpse." . became infatuated with Geli and rumours soon spread that he was having an affair with his young niece. She agreed and arrived with her twenty-year old daughter. When he heard the news Hitler threatened to take his own life but was talked out of it by senior members of the Nazi Party. 1931. Geli was particularly concerned about Eva Braun. Rumours about Geli's death spread quickly amongst Hitler's enemies. Angela Raubal. to be his housekeeper. In his speeches Hitler claimed that he had never married because he was "married to the German people. However he still had relationships with other women Hitler was especially fond of film-stars and one girlfriend the actress Renate Mueller. who had now turned forty. He told several people that if he had children they were certain to disappoint him as they would never match his own genius. a seventeen-year-old girl who Hitler took for rides in his Mercedes car. his chauffeur.

And those big blue eyes. 1924 election. Women in Germany found Hitler's bachelor image attractive and this helped win him votes during elections. This gave them only twelve seats. Like an old friend. less than 3% of the people voted for the Nazi Party.000 in 1925 to 108.The severe casualties suffered during the First World War meant that there was a large number of widows and spinsters in Germany. Ernst Roehm and Gottfried Feder to be removed from power. Kirdorf joined the Nazi Party and immediately began to try and persuade other leading industrialists to supply Hitler with the necessary funds to win control of the Reichstag." . In the pamphlet distributed by Kirdorf to Germany's leading industrialists. Emil Kirdorf and his wealthy right-wing friends were particularly attracted to Hitler's idea of winning the working class away from left-wing political groups such as the Social Democratic Party and the Communist Party. Like stars. Kirdorf switched his support to the German Nationalist Party (DNVP) led by Alfred Hugenberg. When this did not happen. Both men were impressed with each other. Although Kirdorf agreed with most of Hitler's views he was concerned about some of the policies of the Nazi Party. Hitler tried to reassure his readers that he was a supporter of private enterprise and was opposed to any real transformation of Germany's economic and social structure. Hitler first met him in 1925. Hitler agreed and The Road to Resurgence was published in the summer of 1927. a very wealthy industrialist met Hitler in 1927. He was particularly worried about the opinions of some people in the party such as Gregor Strasser who talked about the need to redistribute wealth in Germany. In the 1928 German elections. I am in heaven. He is glad to see me. the party was well organized and membership had grown from 27.000 in 1928. However. That man has everything to be king. It was for this reason that Eva Braun was never seen in public with Hitler. Kirdorf expected Adolf Hitler to remove left-wing members of the Nazi Party such as Gregor Strasser. Kirdorf suggested that Hitler should write a pamphlet for private distribution amongst Germany's leading industrialists that clearly expressed his views on economic policy. Hitler tried to reassure Kirdorf that these policies were just an attempt to gain the support of the working-class in Germany and would not be implemented once he gained power. twenty fewer than they achieved in the May. One of the new members was Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels described one of their first meetings in his diary: "Shakes my hand. Emil Kirdorf. Kirdorf and other business leaders were also impressed with the news that Hitler planned to suppress the trade union movement once he gained power.

The reason that the pamphlet was kept secret was that it contained information that would have upset Hitler's working-class supporters.Hitler admired Goebbels' abilities as a writer and speaker. In an attempt to obtain financial contributions from industrialists. Hitler wrote a pamphlet in 1927 entitled The Road to Resurgence. Some prosperous industrialists were convinced by these arguments and gave donations to the Nazi Party. Propaganda cost money and this was something that the Nazi Party was very short of. the vast majority continued to support other parties. especially the right-wing German Nationalist Peoples Party (DNVP). The Hitler File Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor Hitler began to argue that "capitalists had worked their way to the top through their capacity. Hitler was impressed by Himmler's fanatical nationalism and his deep hatred of the Jews. Another new member of the NSDAP was Heinrich Himmler. Whereas the German Social Democratic Party was funded by the trade unions and the pro-capitalist parties by industrialists. They shared an interest in propaganda and together they planned how the NSDAP would win the support of the German people. Himmler believed . nationalization of trusts) were too left-wing. however. and on the basis of this selection they have the right to lead. the NSDAP had to rely on contributions from party members. Only a small number of these pamphlets were printed and they were only meant for the eyes of the top industrialists in Germany." Hitler claimed that national socialism meant all people doing their best for society and posed no threat to the wealth of the rich. When Hitler approached rich industrialists for help he was told that his economic policies (profit-sharing. In the pamphlet Hitler implied that the anti-capitalist measures included in the original twenty-five points of the NSDAP programme would not be implemented if he gained power.

The German Social Democrat Party was the largest party in the Reichstag. Hitler was now the leader of the second largest party in Germany. suffered more than any other country in Europe. Mueller was replaced as Chancellor by Heinrich Bruening. the Schutzstaffeinel (SS).25 million people were unemployed in Germany. Desperate for capital. was now seen in a different light. who was considered a fool in 1928 when he predicted economic disaster. and the SPD leader. Hitler. the German Social Democrat Party (153) and the German Communist Party (54) still continued to grow in popularity. However. Before the crash. What Hitler said depended very much on the audience. who was always vulnerable to flattery. so did the support for extremist political parties such as the NSDAP. whose economy relied heavily on investment from the United States. he also found it extremely difficult to gain agreement for his policies.Hitler was the Messiah that was destined to lead Germany to greatness. had to rely on the support of others to rule Germany. Hitler used this situation to his advantage. the United States began to recall loans from Europe. In the General Election held in May. The NSDAP argued that only Hitler could provide the strong government that Germany needed. Hitler. the Nazi Party won only 14 seats. wages also fell and those with full-time work had to survive on lower incomes. Hitler and other Nazi leaders travelled round the country giving speeches putting over this point of view. When he spoke to industrialists. One of the consequences of this was a rapid increase in unemployment. claiming that parliamentary democracy did not work. Hitler's main message was that Germany's economic recession was due to the Treaty of Versailles. People began to say that if he was clever enough to predict the depression maybe he also knew how to solve it. it did not have a majority over all the other parties. Even those in work suffered as many were only working part-time. . In the General Election that took place in September 1930. By the end of 1930 the figure had reached nearly 4 million. With the drop in demand for labour. The fortunes of the NSDAP changed with the Wall Street Crash in October 1929. the Nazi Party increased its number of representatives in parliament from 14 to 107. while the left-wing parties. After the SPD refused to reduce unemployment benefits. 1. In rural areas he promised tax cuts for farmers and government actin to protect food prices. The German economy continued to improve and as unemployment fell. with his party only having 87 representatives out of 577 in the Reichstag. Hitler concentrated on his plans to destroy communism and to reduce the power of the trade union movement. Germany. 1928. In working class areas he spoke of redistribution of wealth and attacked the high profits made by the large chain stores. Hermann Muller. decided that Himmler should become the new leader of his personal bodyguard.

In May 1932. However the German Social Democrat Party (133) and the German Communist Party (89) still had the support of the urban working class and Hitler was deprived of an overall majority in parliament. and of inadequacy. In an attempt to gain support for his new government. he removed the ban on the SA. They were then physically thrown out of the building. In one speech he called for the end of democracy a system which he described as being the "rule of stupidity. Hitler was furious and began to abandon his strategy of disguising his extremist views. In the past. of half-heartedness. Four members of the SA were convicted of the rime. making it the largest party in the Reichstag. Hitler demanded that he should be made Chancellor but Paul von Hindenburg refused and instead gave the position to Major-General Kurt von Schleicher.000 men and was therefore outnumbered by the SA. being more sympathetic to the Nazis. of cowardice. Paul von Hindenburg sacked Bruening and replaced him with Franz von Papen. those who feared communism were willing to put up with the SA as they provided a useful barrier against the possibility of revolution." The behaviour of the NSDAP became more violent. in July Franz von Papen called another election. with the growth in SA violence and fearing a Nazi coup. However. Heinrich Bruening and other senior politicians were worried that Hitler would use his stormtroopers to take power by force. . Under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles the official German Army was restricted to 100. The stormtroopers also carried out terrible acts of violence against socialists and communists. of weakness. Bruening banned the organization. Many people were shocked when Hitler sent a letter of support for the four men and promised to do what he could to get them released. With a divided Reichstag. On one occasion 167 Nazis beat up 57 members of the German Communist Party in the Reichstag. In one incident in Silesia. In 1931 Hitler challenged Paul von Hindenburg for the presidency. it now contained over 400. Led by Ernst Roehm. Hitler now had the support of the upper and middle classes and the NSDAP did well winning 230 seats. a large percentage of the German population still feared Hitler and in the election Hindenburg had a comfortable majority. Hitler avoided explaining how he would improve the German economy.Other than refusing to pay reparations. a young member of the KPD had his eyes poked out with a billiard cue and was then stabbed to death in front of his mother. The new chancellor was also a member of the Catholic Centre Party and.000 men. of mediocrity. However. Hindenburg was now 84 years old and showing signs of senility. The next few weeks saw open warfare on the streets between the Nazis and the Communists during which 86 people were killed. the power of the German President became more important.

000 members of the Sturm Abteilung (SA) to work as police auxiliaries. Even money is not lacking this time. Hitler became the new Chancellor of Germany. Although Hitler had the support of certain sections of the German population he never gained an elected majority. These men were later to become known as the Gestapo. Several people were arrested including a leading. As Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary after the meeting: "Radio and press are at our disposal. Goering also recruited 50. The best the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP) could do in a election was 37. Hermann Goering then raided the headquarters of the Communist Party (KPD) in Berlin and claimed that he had uncovered a plot to overthrow the government.3 per cent of the vote they gained in July 1932. Leaders of the KPD were arrested but no evidence was ever produced to support Goering's accusations." Paul von Hindenburg vetoed this decision but did agree that Hitler . As a teenager Lubbe had been a communist and Hermann Goering used this information to claim that the Reichstag Fire was part of a KPD plot to overthrow the government. 1933. Soon after Hitler became chancellor he announced new elections. the international communist organization. A group of prominent industrialists who feared such a revolution sent a petition to Paul von Hindenburg asking for Hitler to become Chancellor. Dimitrov was eventually acquitted but a young man from the Netherlands. the Nazis only had a third of the seats in the Reichstag. who was minister of the interior in Hitler's government. The German Communist Party made substantial gains in the election winning 100 seats. Hitler gave orders that all leaders of the German Communist Party should "be hanged that very night. was busily sacking senior police officers and replacing them with Nazi supporters. When Hitler became chancellor in January 1933. Goering added that the NSDAP would need a considerable amount of of money to ensure victory. Marianus van der Lubbe. Georgi Dimitrov. and in the elections that took place in November 1932 the support for the Nazi Party fell. someone set fire to the Reichstag. He also announced he had discovered a communist plot to poison German milk supplies. Hindenberg reluctantly agreed to their request and at the age of forty-three. general secretary of the Comintern. was eventually executed for the crime. On 27th February. Hitler used this to create a sense of panic by claiming that German was on the verge of a Bolshevik Revolution and only the NSDAP could prevent this happening.Incidents such as these worried many Germans. Hermann Goering called a meeting of important industrialists where he told them that the 1933 General Election could be the last in Germany for a very long time. Those present responded by donating 3 million Reichmarks." Behind the scenes Goering.

Social Democrat Party (SDP). The NSDAP received 43. in hiding. Hitler was aware that people have a great fear of the unknown. Its leaders were sent to concentration camps and the organization was put under the control of the Nazi Party. Such an act needed three-quarters of the members of the Reichstag to vote in its favour. A month later Hitler announced that the Catholic Centre Party. Hitler was now dictator of Germany. KPD candidates in the election were arrested and Hermann Goering announced that the Nazi Party planned "to exterminate" German communists. Hitler named these camps after those used by the British during the Boer War.000 people left Germany during the first few weeks after the election). This was also true of most of the leaders of the other left-wing party. . However. After the 1933 General Election Hitler proposed an Enabling Bill that would give him dictatorial powers. Thousands of members of the Social Democrat Party and Communist Party were arrested and sent to recently opened to concentration camp. Hitler still needed the support of the Catholic Centre Party (BVP) to pass this legislation. All the active members of the Communist Party. The trade union movement now became known as the Labour Front. only 94 members of the SDP voted against the Enabling Bill. Hitler therefore offered the BVP a deal: vote for the bill and the Nazi government would guarantee the rights of the Catholic Church. Party activists still in the country were arrested. Although it was extremely difficult for the opposition parties to campaign properly. They were called this because they "concentrated" the enemy into a restricted area. Hitler and the Nazi party still failed to win an overall victory in the election on 5th March. and if prisoners were released. The BVP agreed and when the vote was taken. the Nationalist Party and all other political parties other than the NSDAP were illegal.should take "dictatorial powers". Newspapers that supported these political parties were closed down during the 1933 General Election. and by the end of 1933 over 150. His first move was to take over the trade unions. 1933. Left-wing election meetings were broken up by the Sturm Abteilung (SA) and several candidates were murdered. The increase in the Nazi vote had mainly come from the Catholic rural areas who feared the possibility of an atheistic Communist government. Soon afterwards the Communist Party and the Social Democrat Party were banned.9% of the vote and only 288 seats out of the available 647. or had left the country (an estimated 60.000 political prisoners were in concentration camps. were in concentration camps. they were warned that if they told anyone of their experiences they would be sent back to the camp.

As the government generally allowed companies to maintain their profit margins. Fascist was originally used to describe the government of Benito Mussolini in Italy. prostitutes. Industrialists were sometimes told what to produce and what price they should charge for the goods that they made. alcoholics and anyone who was incapable of working. homosexuals. the only people killed during this period were prisoners who tried to escape and those classed as "incurably insane". This included political parties and the trade union movement. . Mussolini's fascist one-party state emphasized patriotism. Hitler's Germany became known as a fascist state. Hitler was deeply influenced by Mussolini's Italy and his Germany shared many of the same characteristics. most potential sources of opposition were removed. In Pursuit of Hitler Mein Kampf By taking these powers Hitler's government was able to control factors such as inflation and unemployment that had caused considerable distress in previous years. Hitler never felt strong enough to take complete control of the German Army. The government also had the power to order workers to move to where they were required. The German economic system remained capitalistic but the state played a more prominent role in managing the economy. The Gestapo also began arresting beggars. hatred of communism. admiration of military values and unquestioning obedience.It was not only left-wing politicians and trade union activists who were sent to concentration camp. national unity. However. industrialists tended to accept the loss of some of their freedoms. and before taking important decisions he always had to take into consideration how the armed forces would react. Under fascism. Although some inmates were tortured.

He was also appointed Reich Commissioner for Health and Sanitation. To protect himself from a possible coup. . it is unlikely that the Nazis would have ever become established. Teachers who were critical of Hitler's Germany were sacked and the rest were sent away to be trained to become good fascists. Heinrich Himmler and Ernst Roehm to compete with each other for senior positions. All information that people in Germany received was selected and organized to support fascist beliefs.By the time Hitler gained power he had ceased to be a practising Christian. local and national. without his ability to obtain army funds in the early days of the movement. The individual had no freedom to protest in Hitler's Germany. were abolished. who had been deeply influenced by his own history teacher. Joseph Goebbels. who also feared him. Members of the Nazi youth organizations such as the Hitler Youth. magazines. Roehm had been one of his first supporters and. He did not have the confidence to abolish Christianity in Germany. In 1934 Hitler signed an agreement with Pope Pius XI in which he promised not to interfere in religion if the Catholic Church agreed not to become involved in politics in Germany. plays and films. were also asked to report teachers who questioned fascism. The SA under Roehm's leadership had also played a vital role in destroying the opposition during the elections of 1932 and 1933. As Minister of Propaganda. but like most dictators. Except for the occasional referendum. Heydrich. Hitler. he constantly feared that he might be ousted by others who wanted his power. Brandt joined Hitler's inner circle and was given the rank of major-general in the WaffenSS. By 1934 Hitler appeared to have complete control over Germany. Hitler used the tactic of divide and rule and encouraged other leaders such as Hermann Goering. Roehm was particularly hated because as leader of the Sturm Abteilung (SA) he had tremendous power and had the potential to remove any one of his competitors. all elections. All political organizations were either banned or under the control of the Nazis. As a further precaution against young people coming into contact with information and the government disapproved of. was fully aware that schools posed a potential threat to the dominant fascist ideology. Hitler liked Ernst Roehm and initially refused to believe the dossier provided by Heydrich. textbooks were withdrawn and rewritten by Nazis. Goering and Himmler asked Reinhard Heydrich to assemble a dossier on Roehm. books. Joseph Goebbels kept a close check on the information provided by newspapers. radio broadcasts. manufactured evidence that suggested that Roehm had been paid 12 million marks by the French to overthrow Hitler. One of the consequences of this policy was that these men developed a dislike for each other.

Their masterstroke was to claim that Gregor Strasser." . Many people in the party also disapproved of the fact that Roehm and many other leaders of the SA were homosexuals. Hitler had his own reasons for wanting Roehm removed. and Gustav von Kahr. was part of the planned conspiracy against him. Hitler agreed that Roehm should die. replacing the SA as the dominant force in Germany. It was during this speech that Hitler gave the purge its name: Night of the Long Knives (a phrase from a popular Nazi song). Kurt von Schleicher. Meanwhile Goering and Himmler were drawing up a list of people outside the SA that they wanted killed. The list included Strasser. In his speech Hitler explained why he had not relied on the courts to deal with the conspirators: "In this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people. I gave the order to shoot the ringleaders in this treason. Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler played on this fear by constantly feeding him with new information on Roehm's proposed coup. Roehm was shot by two SS men. where he personally arrested Ernst Roehm. a force of over 3 million men. Hitler's predecessor as chancellor. would absorb the much smaller German Army into its ranks and Roehm would become its overall leader. Alfried Krupp. The Schutz Staffeinel (SS) under the leadership of Himmler grew rapidly during the next few years. Powerful supporters of Hitler had been complaining about Roehm for some time. arrived at Wiesse. after much pressure from Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler. Hitler was also aware that Roehm and the SA had the power to remove him. when he refused. Hitler. During the next 24 hours 200 other senior SA officers were arrested on the way to Wiesse. Fritz Thyssen and Emile Kirdorf. Lutze was a weak man and the SA gradually lost its power in Hitler's Germany. However. were unhappy with Roehm's socialistic views on the economy and his claims that the real revolution had still to take place. whom Hitler hated. Hitler claimed that 61 had been executed while 13 had been shot resisting arrest and three had committed suicide. Industrialists such as Albert Voegler. At first Hitler insisted that Roehm should be allowed to commit suicide but. accompanied by the Schutz Staffeinel (SS). Gustav Krupp. and thereby I become the supreme judge of the German people. Others have argued that as many as 400 people were killed during the purge. Generals were afraid that the Sturm Abteilung (SA). Many were shot as soon as they were captured but Hitler decided to pardon Roehm because of his past services to the movement. 1934. On 29th June. With this news Hitler ordered all the SA leaders to attend a meeting in the Hanselbauer Hotel in Wiesse. who had provided the funds for the Nazi victory. The purge of the SA was kept secret until it was announced by Hitler on 13th July.However. Roehm was replaced by Victor Lutze as head of the SA. who crushed the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923.

He even became involved in designing the Volkswagen (The People's Car). Karl Brandt. According to Morell. warned him he was in danger of being poisoned by these large dosages of drugs and vitamins. In 1935 Heinrich Hoffman. Hitler wanted every family in Germany to own a car. As well as stomach cramps he also suffered from headaches. However. and dextrose. He was lucky in that the German economy was just beginning to recover when he came into office. this was being caused by "complete exhaustion of the intestinal system" and recommended the treatment of vitamins. The government banned the introduction of some labour-saving machinery.The Night of the Long Knives was a turning point in the history of Hitler's Germany." It was not long before Hitler began to feel unwell again. Hitler had made it clear that he was the supreme ruler of Germany who had the right to be judge and jury. As a result of this scheme Germany developed the most efficient road system in Europe. Hoffman told Hitler about his new doctor and eventually he was asked to examine the leader of the Nazi Party. and influenced by the ideas of Henry Ford. dizziness and tinnitus. was treated by Dr. . Employers also had to get government permission before reducing their labour force. who worked as a photographer for Adolf Hitler. the policies that Hitler introduced did help to reduce the number of people unemployed in Germany. and had the power to decide whether people lived or died. In this case he was not only concerned with reducing unemployment but saw them as a means of supplying a steady stream of Nazi propaganda to the German people. Theodor Morell for gonorrhoea. The government also tended to give work contracts to those companies that relied on manual labour rather than machines. In the 1933 Election campaign. Hitler also abolished taxation on new cars. phosphorus. Hitler also encouraged the mass production of radios. At the time Hitler was suffering from stomach cramps. double vision." Later he was to remark: "What luck I had to meet Morell. A great lover of cars himself. Morrell's method of cure is so logical that I have the greatest confidence in him. Hitler rejected Brandt's advice and replied: "No one has ever told me precisely what is wrong with me. Hitler's personal physician. I shall follow his prescriptions to the letter. Hitler had promised that if he gained power he would abolish unemployment. This was especially true of the government's massive motorway programme. These policies often involved taking away certain freedoms from employers. Morell tested dozens of unknown drugs on Hitler. He has saved my life. hormones. Morell began treating Hitler with intestinal bacteria "raised from the best stock owned by a Bulgarian peasant". This included biologicals from the intestines of male animals and amphetamines.

With the Nazis controlling the trade unions. Members of the Sturm Abteilung (SA) picketed the shops to ensure the boycott was successful. The Daily Mail. Later that year. wage-rates did not increase with productivity. This was one of the major factors in the increase in financial contributions from German industrialists in the 1933 General Election. repaired river banks and helped reclaim wasteland. The campaign started on 1st April. Roosevelt in the United States. Rothermere told Hitler that Jewish businessmen had withdrawn advertising from the newspaper and he had been forced to "toe the line". anti-Semitism did cause difficulties for Hitler when he was trying to gain power in Germany. Hitler attempted to make life so unpleasant for Jews in Germany that they would emigrate. Once in power Hitler began to express anti-Semitic ideas again. a scheme similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps introduced by Franklin D. when a one-day boycott of Jewish-owned shops took place. and after a few years of Hitler's rule workers began to privately question his economic policies. to argue for Hitler's policies abruptly withdrew his support in 1930. Placards saying "Jews not admitted" and "Jews enter this place at their own risk" began to appear all over Germany. the standard of living for those in employment did not improve in the same way that it had done during the 1920s. However. Hitler also reduced unemployment by introducing measures that would encourage women to leave the labour market. In Mein Kampf Hitler made it absolutely clear that he had a deep hatred of the Jewish race. Hitler began to leave out anti-Semitic comments from his speeches during elections. Based on his readings of how blacks were denied civil rights in the southern states in America. Henry Ford was forced to stop publishing anti-Semitic attacks in the United States after the Jewish community organized a boycott of Ford cars in the late 1920s. while other married women were paid a lump sum of 1000 marks to stay at home. Women in certain professions such as doctors and civil servants were dismissed. 1933. . In some parts of the country Jews were banned from public parks. By 1937 German unemployment had fallen from six million to one million. The hostility of towards Jews increased in Germany. Aware of the power of Jewish money. who used his newspaper. The VYS planted forests. swimming-pools and public transport. His change in tactics was so successful that even Jewish businessmen began contributing money to the National Socialist German Workers Party.Youth unemployment was dealt with by the forming of the Voluntary Labour Service (VLS) and the Voluntary Youth Service (VYS). Lord Rothermere. However. This was reflected in the decision by many shops and restaurants not to serve the Jewish population. Jewish businessmen in Germany and the rest of the world were occasionally able to use their influence to prevent anti-Semitic ideas being promoted.

A higher number of Jews would have left but anti-Semitism was not restricted to Germany and many countries were reluctant to take them. was "too great if it was a necessary means of gaining England's friendship." Hitler wrote. Hitler respected the British and considered them to share many of the qualities possessed by Germans. The only people who were punished for the crimes committed on Crystal Night were members of the Sturm Abteilung (SA) who had raped Jewish women (they had broken the Nuremberg Laws on sexual intercourse between Aryans and Jews). In Mein Kampf he argued that to achieve his foreign policy objectives. It was also made illegal for Jews to marry Aryans. Crystal Night took place on 9th-10th November. Many Jewish people who could no longer earn a living left the country. Hitler. Hitler's reading of history convinced him that Britain posed the main threat to his dream of a Germany that dominated Europe. teachers and those employed by the mass media were sacked. the largest publisher of newspapers. In the 1930s Britain still had an empire that covered a quarter of the world. the Ullstein Press. For example. This included several Jewish scientists who were to play an important role in the fight against fascism during the war. Joseph Goebbels and Reinhard Heydrich organized a new programme designed to encourage Jews to emigrate. After Crystal Night the numbers of Jews wishing to leave Germany increased dramatically. 1938.Germans were also encouraged not to use Jewish doctors and lawyers. Up until this time these camps had been mainly for political prisoners. was forced to sell the company to the NSDAP in 1934 after the actions of the SA had made it impossible for them to make a profit. It has been calculated that between 1933 and 1939. Under this new law Jews could no longer be citizens of Germany. Presented as a spontaneous reaction of the German people to the news that a German diplomat had been murdered by a young Jewish refugee in Paris.500 Jewish shops were destroyed and 400 synagogues were burnt down. Ninety-one Jews were killed and an estimated 20. In the past Britain had reacted swiftly to any country that had threatened her empire or attempted to become the main power in mainland Europe. Jewish civil servants. books and magazines in Germany.000 were sent to concentration camps. The number of Jews emigrating increased after the passing of the Nuremberg Laws on Citizenship and Race in 1935." . The pressure on Jews to leave Germany intensified. approximately half the Jewish population of Germany (250. During Crystal Night over 7. Germany would probably have to form an alliance with Britain. Once in power Hitler began to consider how he could expand the territory he controlled. Members of the SA put pressure on people not to buy goods produced by Jewish companies. the whole event was in fact organized by the NSDAP.000) left the country. "No sacrifice.

The British government argued against going to war over the issue and justified its position by claiming that "Germany was only marching into its own back yard. Hitler was not sure how far he could go and was constantly looking for clues that would reveal at what point Britain and France would go to war with Germany. Hitler ignored their advice and on 1st March. Hitler argued that under the Treaty of Versailles Germany was militarily weak. he became convinced that they were unwilling to go to war. By 1935. Hitler was heartened when Benito Mussolini was allowed to send his army Ethiopia in October 1935 without any serious political reaction. He therefore decided to break another aspect of the Treaty of Versailles by sending German troops into the Rhineland. Hitler withdrew from the League of Nations and claimed that he had done so because of the failure of the disarmament talks. He discovered that the British now tended to believe that the terms of the Treaty of Versailles were too harsh on the defeated countries and that Britain was unlikely to declare war if Germany ignored them. He said that Germany had been willing to keep to this state of affairs if other countries disarmed. when it was clear that no action was going to be taken against Germany for breaking the Treaty of Versailles. With Franklin D. As this had not happened. three German battalions marched into the Rhineland. Hitler felt strong enough to introduce military conscription. 1936. making it clear that he would not interfere in European disputes and both Italy and Japan having right-wing governments sympathetic to Germany. Hitler trebled the size of the German Army and completely ignored the restrictions on weapons that had been imposed by the Treaty of Versailles. Roosevelt. Hitler therefore felt he was in a strong position. In October 1933. Hitler knew that both France and Britain were militarily stronger than Germany. Hitler felt he was in a position to make a move. The French government was horrified to find German troops on their border but were unwilling to take action without the support of the British. However. The German generals were very much against the plan. claiming that the French Army would win a victory in the military conflict that was bound to follow this action. the president of the United States. In the months that followed. . Germany now had to take measures to protect herself. Hitler also became aware that the British had a strong dislike of communism and feared a Europe dominated by the Soviet Union.".In his first few years in power Hitler had meetings with several British politicians and diplomats. France was more committed to the Treaty of Versailles but Hitler guessed she would be unwilling to take action against Germany without support of the British.

After his success in Austria Hitler was now in a good position to take on Czechoslovakia. On 13th March. to meet him at Berchtesgarden. the leader of the Austrian Nazi Party. met Hitler at his home in Berchtesgaden in Germany. Hitler demanded concessions for the Austrian Nazi Party. Seyss-Inquart invited the German Army to occupy Austria and proclaimed union with Germany. Neville Chamberlain. The country had been created in 1918 from territory that had previously been part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. German's who had lost their jobs in the depression began to argue that they might be better off under Hitler. Hitler wanted to march into Czechoslovakia but his generals warned him that with its strong army and good mountain defences Czechoslovakia would be a difficult country to overcome.000 Ruthenians there were three and a half million German speaking people living in Czechoslovakia.000 Hungarians and 450. Germany would probably be badly defeated. Benito Mussolini suggested to Hitler that one way of solving this issue was to hold a four-power conference of Germany. They also added that if Britain. two million Slovaks. 1938. 700. an area on the Czechoslovakian border with Germany. Hitler threatened to invade Czechoslovakia unless Britain supported Germany's plans to takeover the Sudetenland. Although Czechoslovakia had never been part of Germany. and therefore increasing the possibility of reaching an agreement and undermine the solidarity that was developing against Germany. This would exclude both Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union. Chamberlain informed Hitler that his proposals were unacceptable. he began to make plans to make Austria part of Germany (Anschluss). Most of these people lived in the Sudetenland. France and Italy. Britain. whose communist system the western democracies hated more that Hitler's fascist dictatorship. In September 1938. He also thought it unlikely that these two countries would be keen to join up with the Soviet Union. France or the Soviet Union joined on the side of Czechoslovakia. The German speaking people complained that the Czech-dominated government discriminated against them. these people liked to call themselves Germans because of their language. As well as the seven million Czechs.Hitler's gamble had come off and. the Austrian Chancellor. One group of senior generals even made plans to overthrow Hitler if he ignored their advice and declared war on Czechoslovakia. After discussing the issue with the Edouard Daladier (France) and Eduard Benes (Czechoslovakia). In February. Schuschnigg refused and after resigning was replaced by Arthur Seyss-Inquart. the British prime minister. Hitler was in a difficult situation but he also knew that Britain and France were unwilling to go to war. full of confidence. Hitler invited Kurt von Schuschnigg. .

Edouard Daladier and Benito Mussolini signed the Munich Agreement which transferred the Sudetenland to Germany. Neville Chamberlain now changed tactics in an attempt to convince Hitler that Britain would indeed go to war if Germany continued to invade other countries. protested at this decision. Neville Chamberlain. Hitler had discovered that this man would do anything to avoid military conflict. and while they hesitated Germany stepped in and signed one instead. Hitler told Albrecht Haushofer: "This fellow Chamberlain shook with fear when I uttered the word war. On 29th September. she was no longer able to defend herself against further aggression. He made a speech in the House of Commons promising to support Poland if it were attacked by Germany. The British government also sent diplomats to the Soviet Union to talk to Joseph Stalin about the possibility of working together against Germany. Chamberlain was aware of the appalling destruction that would take place during a modern war. Fascists and communists had always been enemies. The British government were still uncertain about signing a military agreement with the Soviet Union. From his meetings with Neville Chamberlain. In return. Don't tell me he is dangerous. When Eduard Benes. Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier agreed that Germany could have the Sudetenland. Poland was the obvious choice as it was in the east and included areas of land taken from Germany by the Treaty of Versailles. The German Army marched into the Sudetenland on 1st October." Haushofer told his friend Fritz Hesse that "Hitler is now convinced that he can afford to do anything. Formerly he believed that we must have the maximum armaments because of the warlike menaces of the Powers striving to encircle us. Czechoslovakia's head of state. 1938. and German access to East Prussia through Poland. both Hitler and Stalin were opportunists who were willing to compromise for short-term gain. 1938.The meeting took place in Munich on 29th September. and anxious to avoid an alliance with Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union. Neville Chamberlain told him that Britain would be unwilling to go to war over the issue of the Sudetenland. but now he thinks that these Powers will crawl on all fours before him!" Confident that Britain and France would not interfere as long as Germany headed east towards the Soviet Union. 1938. Desperate to avoid war. Adolf Hitler. The Nazi-Soviet Pact took the world by surprise. He also feared that a largescale war in Western Europe would weaken the countries involved to the point where they would be vulnerable to a communist takeover. Hitler began to make speeches demanding the return of Danzig. . Hitler began to make plans for his next step. However. Hitler promised not to make any further territorial demands in Europe. As this area contained nearly all Czechoslovakia's mountain fortifications.

aircraft factories and fighter airfields.000 German soldiers along a forty-mile coastal stretch of south-east England. This attack was followed by daily raids on Britain. the German Army was ordered into Poland. 1939. As he told his naval commander-in-chief: "On land I am a hero.000 barges in German. Adolf Hitler ordered his generals to organize the invasion of Britain. At first he was extremely successful. The objective was to land 160. This was the beginning of what became known as the Battle of Britain.In August 1939. Germany defeated Poland in four weeks. who had not seen the sea until he was over forty. Hitler. The German Army was amazed at how quickly they defeated these countries and they became convinced that Hitler was a military genius. including 2. During these raids radar stations and airfields were badly damaged and twenty-two RAF planes were destroyed. who wanted a series of localized wars. At sea I am a coward. Within a few weeks the Germans had assembled a large armada of vessels. On the 12th August the German airforce began its mass bomber attacks on British radar stations. On 1st September. Hitler claimed that Poland was attempting to invade Germany. Hitler. shot and then placed just inside the German border. Netherlands (five days). Employing fast-moving tanks backed up with air support. Hitler had great respect for Britain's navy and airforce and feared that his forces would suffer heavy casualties in any invasion attempt. For most of the war Hitler lived underground in a concrete shelter at his headquarters in East Prussia. . His dreams of a large German empire were based on the empire created by the British during the nineteenth century. Hitler therefore agreed to their request that the invasion should be postponed until the British airforce had been destroyed." At this stage Hitler still hoped that Britain would change sides or at least accept German domination of Europe. Although Hitler was often guilty of extreme arrogance he lacked confidence and tended to hesitate when dealing with Britain. Immediately after the defeat of France in June 1940. Belgium (three weeks) and France (six weeks). The English Channel meant that these Blitzkrieg tactics could not be continued against Britain. Even after it happened he found it difficult to believe that during the first few months of the war he genuinely believed that Britain would still negotiate a peace settlement. Belgian and French harbours. The invasion plan was given the code name Operation Sealion. However. was surprised when Neville Chamberlain declared war on Germany. This victory was followed by the occupation of Norway (four weeks). lacked confidence when it came to naval warfare. a group of concentration camp prisoners were dressed in Polish uniforms. It was here that Hitler controlled the German war effort. Hitler's generals were very worried about the damage that the Royal Air Force could inflict on the German Army during the invasion.

Instead. the Soviet Union would take longer than other countries to occupy. Hitler's Lebensraum policy was mainly directed at the Soviet Union. Hitler began to concentrate his attentions on Eastern Europe. Hitler's plan was to attack the Soviet Union in three main army groups: in the north towards Leningrad. the Soviet Union's main communication centre.." Hitler intended to force Norwegians. Himmler's SS rather than the army was to take control. in the centre towards Moscow and in the south towards Kiev. The German services will be lodged in marvellous buildings. He was especially interested in the Ukraine where he planned to develop a German colony. the governors in palaces. like a fortress. The German colonists ought to live on handsome. He conceded that due to its enormous size. 1940. Swedes and Danes to move to these territories in the East. The SS were instructed . There was also disagreement about Hitler's plans for the territory captured in the Soviet Union.will have to constitute amongst themselves a closed society. As soon as talks broke-up. The Germans . would invade the Soviet Union in the winter. The plan was for the invasion of the Soviet Union to start on the 15th May. Germany was now in a strong negotiating position and found it impossible to agree to Hitler's demands.. Molotov was instructed to draw out these talks for as long as possible. No one. Stalin's response to France's defeat in the summer of 1940 was to send Vyacheslav Molotov to Berlin for discussions. Stalin knew that if Adolf Hitler did not attack the Soviet Union in the summer of 1941 he would have to wait until 1942. Frustrated by his lack of immediate success over Britain. spacious farms. Hitler believed that this would give the German Army enough time to take control of the country before the harsh Soviet winter set in. The German High Command argued that the attack should concentrate on Moscow. Germany now shared a frontier with the Soviet Union. Hitler ordered his military leaders to prepare for Operation Barbarossa. In Mein Kampf and in numerous speeches Hitler claimed that the German population needed more living space. The least of our stable-lads will be superior to any native.this is essential .. Hitler believed that the Blitzkrieg tactics employed against the other European countries could not be used as successfully against the Soviet Union. Hitler rejected the suggestion and was confident that the German army could achieve all three objectives before the arrival of winter.Although plans for an invasion of Britain were drawn up Hitler was never very enthusiastic about them and they were eventually abandoned on October 12. 1941. The system would be based on the British occupation of India: "What India was for England the territories of Russia will be for us.. After taking over Poland. Hitler attempted to batter Britain into submission by organising a sustained night-bombing campaign. he argued. not even someone as rash as Hitler.

As seven were killed in action. Hitler.. At first the German forces made good progress and important cities such as Riga and Kiev were taken. twenty-six were sacked or executed. This was followed by heavy snow in November and December that brought Germany's advance to a halt. In 1942. However. About sixty per cent of them will have to be liquidated. as always.. After taking over Poland Hitler had another three and a half million Jews under his control. If his advisers persisted in disagreeing with him they were dismissed.. It was while the SS were rounding up the Jews in the Soviet Union that Hitler decided on what became known as the Final Solution. expressed his determination to clean up the Jews in Europe. Joseph Goebbels wrote in his diary about Hitler's plans: "The Fuehrer. Senior officers objected on tactical as well as humanitarian grounds. was unwilling to listen to opposing arguments. For a time there was talk of deporting all Jews to Madagascar or keeping them confined to a small area in Poland. It is estimated that during the first year of invasion.. as the Russians were 'sub-human'. Hitler was so confident of early success that the German Army was sent into the Soviet Union with equipment for only a summer campaign. Of the seventeen field-marshals only one managed to keep his post throughout the war. Hitler's unwillingness to listen to information that might lead him to change his desired goals constantly caused him problems during the war. only about forty per cent can be used for forced labour. Hitler refused to accept his mistake and ignored suggestions that the German army should make a tactical withdrawal. Not much will remain of the Jews. Thirty-six colonel-generals were also involved in advising Hitler during the Second World War.to wipe out all aspects of communism in the Soviet Union. when he ignored warnings concerning winter weather and poor road conditions. Instead he relied on information that suggested that the morale in the Red Army was extremely low and that they would rather surrender than be involved in a long drawn-out struggle with Germany. over a million communists were executed by the SS. only three managed to hold on to their positions during the war. This was especially true of his attack on the Soviet Union. They argued that knowledge that they faced death or torture would encourage the Soviets to carry on fighting instead of surrendering." . the heavy rains in October interfered with the speed and efficiency of Germany's tanks. The number of Jews under Hitler's control grew as German forces advanced deeper into the Soviet Union. Communist officials should be executed and. Of these. ordinary conventions of behaviour towards captured soldiers did not apply. Over two million Jews lived in the Soviet Union and most of them lived in the areas under German occupation.

000) and Majdanek (25. After this date extermination camps were established in the east that had the capacity to kill large numbers including Belzec (15. when all chance of victory had disappeared. Hitler also showed little concern over the numbers of Germans who died. Sobibor (20.000). It has been estimated that between 1942 and 1945 around 18 million were sent to extermination camps. historians have estimated that between five and eleven million were killed.000 a day). Hitler never showed any signs of remorse when people died because of his actions. Roosevelt was personally hostile to Hitler's Nazi dictatorship but he was aware that the American people had no desire to become involved in the war. Adolf Eichmann and Roland Friesler. At first the victims were shot but.Special units from the SS were set up under the control of Heinrich Himmler to carry out this extermination programme. Hitler believed that he would eventually be forced to fight the United States but he wanted to make sure that he controlled Europe before that happened. Except for the execution of Ernst Roehm.000). Treblinka (25. with a high proportion of those involved in the killings suffering from nervous breakdowns a more impersonal method was developed.000). They ignored Hitler's . However. Roosevelt announced the intention of the United States to remain neutral. He once remarked that a guilty conscience was a Jewish invention.000) and Majdanek (25. By the beginning of 1942 over 500. It was decided to make the extermination of the Jews a systematically organized operation. Reinhard Heydrich chaired a meeting to consider what to do with the large number of Jews in Germany's concentration camps. Roosevelt did arrange for Britain to receive supplies and loans that enabled her to continue fighting the war. From that date the extermination of the Jews became a systematically organized operation. At the start of the Second World War. Also at the meeting were Heinrich Muller. Late in the war. He also attempted to persuade his Japanese allies to attack the Soviet Union and to leave the United States alone. It was reported that Hitler used to laugh when Joseph Goebbels described the sufferings of the Jews. he gave orders that resulted in thousands of German soldiers being unnecessarily killed. President Franklin D.000 Jews in Poland and Russia had been killed by the Schutz Staffeinel (SS). Treblinka (25.000 a day). Of these. After this date extermination camps were established in the east that had the capacity to kill large numbers including Belzec (15. Sobibor (20. At the Wannsee Conference held in January 1942. When commanders refused to carry out these orders he had them executed. He gave strict instructions that German submarines should avoid firing on ships that were likely to be carrying American passengers. Those at the meeting eventually decided on what became known as the Final Solution. Hitler never showed any signs of regret for these actions.000).

00 a.000 taken prisoner. who had not been told of Japanese plans. Hitler claimed that America had been "corrupted by Jewish and African blood" and would be no match for Aryans. 1943. refusing to believe the Soviets could beat Germany in battle. On February 2. 1941. 100. In the autumn of 1942 they counter-attacked and by November the German Sixth Army was surrounded.000 had been killed. He blamed Hermann Goering and the Luftwaffe for not providing the Sixth Army with the necessary support. Hitler began to suffer from depression and his insomnia became worse. He was constantly ill with stomach pains. Hitler. The Soviet army now began to advance from the East. In September 1944. The German Army commander in the Soviet Union. Hitler suffered a heart attack and was forced to spend several days in bed. Morell was now sent away and Hitler turned to Dr Karl Brandt. In 1943 Hitler's health deteriorated rapidly. In the second campaign on the Soviet Union Hitler concentrated his attack on Stalingrad.000 men. Hitler was constantly tired. President Franklin D.advice and on December 7. Hitler. and on December 11 announced that Germany was at war with the United States. After quickly considering the news Hitler . nausea. Freidrich Paulus. Once again Hitler refused to accept responsibility and failed to learn from the defeat. The German defeat at Stalingrad was the turning point in the war. He rarely got out of bed before 11. At noon he was informed of the latest military developments. He refused to believe he was guilty of mistakes and instead accused those around him of betrayal. Out of the 265. was furious at first that the United States had been dragged into the war.m. During the winter of 1941-42 the Soviets had reorganised their defences and were able to halt the German advances. Roosevelt declared war on Japan but did not mention Germany in his speech. the Japanese Air Force attacked Pearl Harbor and declared war on the United States. who had previously called the Japanese "honorary Aryans" claimed that this is what happens what your allies are not AngloSaxons. It was still possible for Hitler to postpone the war with the United States but he decided to honour his treaty obligations with Japan.000 wounded and 90. Paulus and the Sixth Army were forced to surrender. Hitler had always found it difficult to cope with defeat. shivering fits and diarrhoea and was now completely dependent on the treatment of Dr Theodor Morell. told Paulus to stand and fight. He also showed signs of Parkinson's disease. For the rest of the war Germany was on the retreat. asked permission to break out. 34. headaches. but Hitler. He also claimed that he was travelling by train during an important stage of the battle and was therefore not in a position to direct operations which would have enabled the Sixth Army to defeat the Soviet forces. Once again he became a victim of his own prejudice.

which would then allow them to concentrate their efforts on defeating the Soviet Union. Hans Oster. After Germany's defeat at Stalingrad. but Hitler only suffered minor cuts and burns. Hitler decided that the leaders should have a slow death. such as the allied landing in Normandy. The most dramatic of these attempts was the July Plot. Rommel was therefore forced to commit suicide and the public was told that he had died of a heart attack. Erwin von Witzleben and Erich Fromm were either executed or committed suicide. Over the next few months most of those involved in plot to kill Hitler. 1944. Hitler also avoided contact with injured German soldiers and rarely visited the front. Rommel was so popular that Hitler was unwilling to have him executed for treason.issued his orders to the relevant military personnel. Hitler only made two public speeches and five radio broadcasts. who was attending one of Hitler's military conferences. Even when important events were taking place. . In 1943 seven assassination attempts were planned but none of them was successfully carried out. Ludwig Beck. for example. By 1943. Hitler remained virtually silent. was also involved in the July Plot. Carl Goerdeler. Their executions were filmed and later shown to senior members of both the NSDAP and the armed forces. Nor did he make visits to bombed areas of Germany. Julius Leber. Hitler would then have a long lunch followed by an afternoon nap. Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg. Henning von Tresckow. Ulrich Hassell.980 Germans were executed after the July Plot. It is estimated that around 4. It was proposed that Germany should negotiate a peace with Britain and the United States. Germany's most famous military leader. When the bomb exploded it killed four people and seriously injured ten others. His secretaries. it became clear to many senior German officers that to continue fighting a war on two fronts was bound to end in failure. Some senior officers decided that the only solution was to assassinate Hitler. He knew that the allies would insist on his removal before agreeing to a deal with Germany. including Wilhelm Canaris. placed a bomb in a briefcase under the table. Hitler was left to carry on sleeping. Hitler was unwilling to discuss the war outside these conferences and refused to read reports that gave bad news. Hitler believed that General Erwin Rommel. Hitler rejected this idea. Roosevelt made use of radio broadcasts to raise the morale of their people. On July 20. Whereas Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Peter von Wartenburg. After the German defeat at Stalingrad. They were hung with piano wire from meat-hooks. When Hitler was asleep no one was allowed to disturb him. were ordered not to mention the war in Hitler's presence.

One plan involved Himmler arresting Hitler and announcing to the German people that Hitler had retired due to ill-health." Hitler was right that the Soviet Union and the United States would eventually be in conflict. his body was stooped. It was a nervous disorder that reappeared whenever Hitler felt he was in danger... Their main concern was to do a deal with Britain and the United States that would prevent the Soviet Union occupying Germany. People who had not seen him for a few months were shocked by his appearance. and he had difficulty in walking. That night he tested out a cyanide pill on his pet Alsatian dog. If anyone happened to stop him during this short walk (some fifty or sixty yards)..In January 1945. Often saliva would dribble from the comers of his mouth. Two days before his death Hitler married Eva Braun. the Soviet troops entered Nazi Germany. (Of the five million Soviet soldiers captured by the Germans an estimated three million were murdered or allowed to die of starvation. One man remarked: "It was a ghastly physical image he presented. His hair had gone grey. Hitler rejected the idea as he feared the possibility of being captured. The upper part of his body was bowed and he dragged his feet as he made his way slowly and laboriously through the bunker from his living room. presenting a hideous and pitiful spectacle.. Hitler was now nearly fifty-five years old but looked much older. Eva Braun. Soon afterwards he was joined by his mistress. He had originally suffered from this during the First World War and also after the failure of the Munich Putsch in 1923.) When the Soviet troops entered Germany it was suggested that Hitler should try to escape.." Heinrich Himmler and Herman Goering both considered the possibility of overthrowing Hitler. Hitler talked of the possibility that Britain and the United States would go to war with the Soviet Union and that Germany would be saved. but unfortunately for him this did not happen until after the war had ended. She could have become rich by writing her memoirs but she preferred not to live without Hitler. He had heard stories of how the Soviet troops planned to parade him through the streets of Germany in a cage. Hitler also developed a tremor in his left arm and leg.. but also feared what Soviet soldiers anxious to gain revenge for the war crimes committed against their people by the SS might do. To prevent this humiliation Hitler decided to commit suicide. Blondi. . Braun agreed to commit suicide with him. he was forced either to sit down on one of the seats placed along the walls for the purpose. The German leaders were not only concerned about the imposition of communism. or to catch hold of the person he was speaking to. He told one of his generals that "throughout history coalitions have always gone to pieces sooner or later. His voice had become feeble and his eyesight was so poor that that he needed special lenses even to read documents from his 'Fuehrer typewriter'. Hitler was forced to leave his headquarters in East Prussia and moved south to Berlin.

. which he had attempted to destroy. I opened the document with trembling hands. Hitler made a will leaving all his property to the Nazi Party. Hitler also shot himself in the head. Then all of a sudden he would jump up. The man who tried to increase the size of Germany had in fact become responsible for dividing it into two. It was an expensive lesson. the obscenity of racism and the importance of democracy. On 30th April. interview in 1936. wrote in Mein Kampf about receiving the letter that told him he had been accepted for the German Army at the outbreak of the First World War. make a speech attacking the Jews. covered the whole of Eastern Europe. had formed their own state and became a powerful force in world politics. 1918. 1945. which he had tried to eliminate. I stumbled back with burning eyes taking with me my last report of war. a soldier in Adolf Hitler's regiment. Hitler left a devastated Europe and with it a warning for the future. The Jewish race. His body was then cremated and his ashes were hidden in the Chancellery grounds. (3) Adolf Hitler. His regime had illustrated the dangers of nationalism. As a direct result of Hitler's actions. Although defeat was inevitable. Within a few days I was wearing that uniform which I was not to put off again for nearly six years. Hitler was a strange fellow. Hitler insisted his troops fight to the death. communism. I was caught in a heavy British gas attack at Ypres. (2) Hans Mend. Hitler and Eva Braun went into a private room and took cyanide tablets. no words of mine can describe the satisfaction I felt. including half of Germany. The place where he was buried is now under the shadow of the Berlin Wall. but it did provide the basis for a better future. my eyes had turned into glowing coals and it had grown dark around me. (1) Adolf Hitler. after saying their farewells. Instructions were constantly being sent out giving orders for the execution of any military commanders who retreated. He spent long periods of time sitting in the corner holding his head in silence. A few hours later. Mein Kampf (1925) On the 13th October.The Soviet troops were now only 300 yards away from Hitler's underground bunker. and running about excitedly.

and dug my burning head into my blanket and pillow. in vain the hours in which. Mein Kampf (1925) The masses find it difficult to understand politics. they will not understand me. What I say is like an order given under hypnosis. I asked the Führer to write a pamphlet on the topics he had discussed with me. Everything went black before my eyes. (7) Emil Kirdorf spoke about meeting Adolf Hitler for the first time in 1927 in an interview published in Preussische Zeitung (1937). Miserable and degenerate criminals! The more I tried to achieve clarity on the monstrous events in this hour. (5) Kurt Ludecke first heard Adolf Hitler speak in 1922. his brown hair parted on one side and falling again and again over his sweating brow. If I approach the masses with reasoned arguments. (6) Adolf Hitler. their intelligence is small. pale man. I knew that all was lost. In these nights hatred grew in me. The masses will only remember only the simplest ideas repeated a thousand times over. Had they died for this? Did all this happen only so that a gang of wretched criminals could lay hands on the Fatherland. under a hypnotic spell by the sheer force of his conviction. The inexorable logic and clear conciseness of his train of thought filled me with such enthusiasm with what he said. I then distributed the pamphlet in business and industrial . threw myself on my bunk. In the mass meeting. he had the look of a fanatic. Only fools. hatred for those responsible for this deed. Presently my critical faculty was swept away he was holding the masses. So it had all been in vain. Threatening and beseeching. their reasoning power is paralyzed. In vain all the sacrifices and privations. Therefore all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points. in vain the death of two million who died. I studied this slight. I tottered and groped my way back to the ward. with mortal fear clutching at our hearts. liars and criminals could hope for mercy from the enemy. we nevertheless did our duty.(4) Adolf Hitler was in hospital recovering from a chlorine gas attack when he heard that the German government had surrendered. and me with them. the more the shame of indignation and disgrace burned my brow. with small pleading hands and flaming steel-blue eyes.

And the decisive factor in economic conflict in the world was never yet rested in the skill and know-how of the various competitors. the economies of the world's great industrial states are backed up by their political power. (9) Adolf Hitler. several meetings took place between the Führer and leading industrial personalities. The Road to Resurgence (1927) Instead of raising aloft the merits of race and nation. millions of our people pay homage to the idea of internationally. (8) Adolf Hitler. the outside world has succeeded in breaking down a number of German monopolies on the world market thanks to the coercive restraints of wartime and the result of peace treaties. his readiness to devote his powers to the service of the community. Especially in the sphere of the motorization of the world. are the characteristic symptoms of Marxism which is progressively gaining a hold on our people. his struggle. (10) Adolf Hitler. Finally. England.circles. These three outrages against mankind. And rather than recognize and affirm the necessity of struggle. even America is leaving the purely domestic economic circuit and is emerging as an industrial competitor on a worldwide scale. France and Italy are dependent on exports. which amounts to nothing more than weakness and stupidity. being set aside in favour of majority rule. The strength and genius of the individual person are. Indeed. people are preaching theories of pacifism. which we can recognize through all history as the true signs of decadence in races and states. but rather in the might of the sword they could wield to tip the scales for their businesses and hence their lives. by sources of raw materials that are just as cheap as they are inexhaustible. The Road to Resurgence (1927) Germany. reconciliation among nations and eternal peace. In addition. America appears to be cornering the whole world market. then it may perhaps be said that the woman's in a smaller . however. to be sure. Shortly after our Munich conversation and as a result of the pamphlet written by the Führer and distributed by me. speech to the NSDAP Women's Organization (September. and whose more zealous propagandist is the international Jew. in line with the absurd nature of democracy. If the man's world is said to be the State. 1934) The slogan "emancipation of women" was invented by Jewish intellectuals. helped.

The Missing Years (1957) I am sure that the death of Geli Raubal marked a turning point in the development of Hitler's character. speech (September. The mother of the girl. Gentlemen from the Brown House then conferred on what should be published about the motive for the suicide. 1935) The so-called granting of equal rights to women. which Marxism demands. in reality does not grant equal rights but constitutes a deprivation of rights. lives in Berchtesgaden. From a letter to a female friend living in Vienna. her family. It was agreed that Geli's death should be explained in terms of frustrated artistic ambitions. her children. (11) Adolf Hitler. wanted to go to Vienna. What drove the student to kill herself is still unknown. On Friday 18 September there was once again a violent quarrel between Herr Hitler and his niece. Geli. a niece of Hitler's. she was summoned to Munich. Hitler left his flat on the second floor of 16 Prinzregentenplatz. whatever form it took in their intimacy. and her home. it is clear that Fraulein Geli had the firm intention of going to Vienna. The dead woman's nose was broken. Hitler was strongly opposed to this. The two of them had recurrent disagreements about it. has shot herself. With every child that she brings into the world. and there were other serious injuries on the body. she fights her battle for the nation. (12) The Münchener Post (20th September 1931) In a flat on Prinzregentenplatz a 23-year-old music student. But what would become of the greater world if there were no one to tend and care for the smaller one? The great world cannot survive if the smaller world is not stable. On Saturday 19 September it was reported that Fraulein Geli had been found shot in the flat with Hitler's gun in her hand. a half-sister of Herr Hitler. (13) Ernst Hanfstaengel. For two years the girl had been living in a furnished room in a flat on the same floor on which Hitler's flat was situated. We consider it natural if these two worlds remain distinct. she wanted to become engaged. After a violent scene. For her world is her husband. since it draws the woman into an area in which she will necessarily be inferior. the daughter of Hitler's half-sister. We do not consider it correct for the women to interfere in the world of the man.world. The letter was never posted. What was the reason? The vivacious 23-year-old music student. This relationship. The woman has her own battlefield. had provided him for the first time in his life with a release to his nervous energy which only too soon was to find its final expression in ruthlessness and savagery. She was Angela Raubal. His long connexion with Eva Braun never produced the moon-calf interludes he had enjoyed with Geli and which .

Birchall. who has a party machine to reckon with.000.287. No other ruler has so widespread power nor so obedient and compliant subordinates. more power than Premier Mussolini of Italy who shares his prerogative with the titular ruler. Thus there is an affirmative vote of almost 90 per cent of the valid votes and a negative vote of nearly 10 per cent exclusive of the spoiled ballots which may or may not have been deliberately rendered defective.056 defective ballots.378. with his sex life deteriorating again into a sort of bisexual narcissus-like vanity. more than any American President ever dreamed of. there were 38. ineffective by spoiling the simplest of ballots. (Ernst Thaelmann is an imprisoned Communist leader. Yet there were nearly 1. In Western Berlin they were more frequent. The endorsement gives Chancellor Hitler. they were asked to make their approval unanimous. Nevertheless 10 per cent of the voters have admittedly braved possible consequences by answering "No" or made their answers. The result was expected. In the Communist districts protest votes with Communist inscriptions were rare. cast by a possible voting population of more than 45. The question that interests the outside world now is what Chancellor Hitler will do with such unprecedented authority. 1934) Eighty-nine and nine-tenths per cent of the German voters endorsed in yesterday's plebiscite Chancellor Hitler's assumption of greater power than has ever been possessed by any other ruler in modern times. The German people were asked to vote whether they approved the consolidation of the offices of President and Chancellor in a single Leader-Chancellor personified by Adolf Hitler." 4. The results given out by the Propaganda Ministry early this morning show that out of a total vote of 43. In one district five ballots had the name "Thaelmann" written in. By every appeal known to skillful politicians and with every argument to the contrary suppressed. There was a plain short question and two circles. with Eva Braun little more than a vague domestic adjunct. who four years ago was not even a German citizen. New York Times (19th August. one labeled "Yes" and the other "No.438.might in due course.000.514 who answered "Yes. perhaps. (14) Frederick T. He has more power than Joseph Stalin in Russia.000 spoiled ballots.279.) One . Nearly 10 per cent indicated their disapproval. and probably unequaled in history since the days of Genghis Khan." in one of which the voter had to make a cross. dictatorial powers unequaled in any other country.000.808 who answered "No" and there were 871. With her death the way was clear for his final development into a demon. have made a normal man out of him.

It is paralleled by other results outside Berlin. "No. The number of such authorizations issued for this election exceeded anything known before. The "No" vote. of course. "Since nothing has happened to me so far I vote 'Yes. The official figures were: Total vote cast. 92 "Noes. This vote is explainable. The Jewish Home for Aged People in another district cast 94 "Yes" votes.000. invalidated ballots. Inside the polling places uniforms and even party emblems had been forbidden. in other words was 20 per cent of the total vote.ballot contained this inscription. Appraising of individual votes seemed impossible.000." 168. however. the total opposition votes exceeded 22 per cent. The percentage of the electorate voting was 92. the election everywhere was conducted with perfect propriety.'" It was signed "Non-Aryan. Throughout the day Storm Troopers stood before each polling place with banners calling on the voters to vote "Yes. In all Bavaria Chancellor Hitler received the largest vote in his favor in the concentration camp at Dachau where 1. Hamburg is the home city of Ernst Thaelmann and on his triumphant entry into the city on Friday. The ballots were marked in regular election booths and placed in envelopes and these were put in the ballot boxes. by the fear of reprisals if the results from these Jewish institutions had been otherwise. After the voting had ended the ballot box was emptied on a large table and the vote was counted publicly in the regular manner. In some apparently doubtful districts brown uniforms dominated the scene as a warning to would-be opponents." Interesting also are the following results: the hospital of the Jewish community in one district cast 168 "Yes" votes.4." and 46 ballots were invalid.000." Otherwise voters remained unmolested. Hamburg. led the country in the opposition vote. 21. Herr Hitler made it a point to drive past Thaelmann's former home.000. 840. . One check on possible non-voters. which only two days ago gave Herr Hitler the most enthusiastic reception he had ever received anywhere. As far as observers could ascertain. "Yes.554 persons voted "Yes" and only eight "No" and there were only ten spoiled ballots. four "Noes" and three invalid ballots. and secrecy of the ballot was safe-guarded. but the execution of this order was lax. was exercised by instructions that the voting authorizations issued to those who for one reason or another planned to be outside their regular voting district on election day must be returned unless used." 651. Counting the invalid ballots as negative in intent.

Schuschnigg later recalled what Hitler said to him at the meeting about marching into the Rhineland in March. but when I crossed the former frontier (into Austria) there met me such a stream of love as I have never experienced.at that moment I risked a great deal. . with Italy I am on the closest possible terms. 1938.) Don't believe that anyone in the world will hinder me in my decisions! Italy? I am quite clear with Mussolini. speech at Koenigsberg (25th March. 1936) I have just returned from a visit to Germany. If France had marched then. we should have been forced to withdraw. But for France it is now too late! (16) Statement issued by Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler after the signing of the Munich Agreement (30th September) We. (17) Adolf Hitler. Whatever one may think of his methods . I can only say.there can be no doubt that he has achieved a marvellous transformation in the spirit of the people. We regard the agreement signed last night and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as Symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again. the Austrian Federal Chancellor on 12th February.. the German Führer and Chancellor and the British Prime Minister. And France? Well. Daily Express (17th November.and they are certainly not those of a Parliamentary country . in their attitude towards each other. . even in death they cannot stop lying.(15) Adolf Hitler met Kurt von Schuschnigg. have had a further meeting today and are agreed in recognizing that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe.. We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other questions that may concern our two countries. 1936. England? England will not lift a finger for Austria. but as liberators. I have now seen the famous German leader and also something of the great change he has effected. Not as tyrants have we come. (18) David Lloyd George. and in their social and economic outlook. two years ago when we marched into the Rhineland with a handful of battalions . 1938) Certain foreign newspapers have said that we fell on Austria with brutal methods. I have in the course of my political struggle won much love from my people.

He is also securing them against that constant dread of starvation which is one of the most poignant memories of the last years of the war and the first years of the Peace. it has to be remembered that Napoleon. and a dauntless heart. After his first check in Russia. contrary to the opinion of his professional advisers. all its successes were credited to the German General Staff. which helped him to gain influence at their expense. He is the national Leader. Hitler came to appear a gigantic figure. though there is some truth in it Hitler was far from being a stupid strategist. who was a professional strategist. The Other Side of the Hill (1930) Before the war. and towards the end he was regarded as a blundering amateur in the military field. Long before the war he had described to his associates how the daring coup that captured Norway might be carried out. combining the strategy of a Napoleon with the cunning of a Machiavelli and the fanatical fervour of a Mahomet. and was a master of the psychological side of strategy. Even so. and made the same fatal mistakes in the same place. had been just as badly dazzled by his own success. better than any general. . is not even on the horizon of Nazism. (19) Basil Liddell Hart. (20) After the war General Guenther Blumentritt wrote about how Hitler reacted after the defeat of France in June 1940. Rather. A magnetic dynamic personality with a single-minded purpose. and how the French could be manoeuvred out of the Maginot Line. his figure began to shrink. how the bloodless conquests that preceded the war might be achieved by undermining resistance beforehand. He had also seen. Those results weakened their arguments in later situations which they gauged more correctly. For in the Russian campaign his defects became more potent than his gifts. which he raised to a new pitch. he was too brilliant-and suffered from the natural faults that tend to accompany such brilliance.One man has accomplished this miracle. He is a born leader of men. That picture is not true. It was the very fact that he had so often proved right.which is the supreme art of strategy. All the disasters of the German Army were attributed to Hitler. and still more during the conquest of the West. and the debit balance accumulated to the point of bankruptcy. He had a deeply subtle sense of surprise. whose crazy orders and crass ignorance had been the Allies' greatest asset. No strategist in history has been more clever in playing on the minds of his opponents . The establishment of a German hegemony in Europe which was the aim and dream of the old prewar militarism. a resolute will.

but 'where there is planing. As Adolf Hitler said: 'We shall not fail. wherever the battle front might be. and few Germans could settle in the tropics. (22) After the war General Hasso Manteuffel was interviewed about his thoughts on Adolf Hitler.saying they were both essential elements of stability in the world.finished in six weeks.there was one characteristic which dominated: the note of calm and complete confidence in victory.mental and historic truth in which we live. He remarked. of the necessity for its existence. After that he wished to conclude a reasonable peace with France. Germany would always parry every thrust and go over to the offensive. but they express the funda. No doubt the press and radio. that the raw materials at her disposal are sufficient for the purpose. But every German who listened to the Führer yesterday must have realised more clearly than ever what immense reserves of strength his country possesses. and what singleness of purpose actuates its leaders. secure in the knowledge that the vast majority of their public understand no German. 1942) In the speech which the Führer delivered yesterday on the eve of 9th November . upon the knowledge that Germany has in her hands the means of winning this war. but upon reason. and he would even offer to support Britain with troops if she should be involved in any difficulties anywhere. there are shavings flying'. in accordance with their established custom. have given quite a different impression of the speech. he admitted that the course of the campaign had been 'a decided miracle'. and in consequence it is our enemies who will go down. Germany Calling (9th November. and gave us his opinion that the war would be .a historic date in the annals of the German National Socialist Party . as the Führer said. and that. since they could not be held in war.Hitler was in very good humour. (21) William Joyce. He compared the British Empire with the Catholic Church . . He said that all he wanted from Britain was that she should acknowledge Germany's position on the Continent. that her food supplies are assured. based not only on feeling and faith. and then the way would be free for an agreement with Britain. that the creation of its Empire had been achieved by means that were often harsh. and of the civilization that Britain had brought into the world.' The words are simple enough. He remarked that the colonies were primarily a matter of prestige. The return of Germany's lost colonies would be desirable but not essential. He then astonished us by speaking with admiration of the British Empire. He concluded by saying that his aim was to make peace with Britain on a basis that she would regard as compatible with her honour to accept. with a shrug of the shoulders.

because he didn't want to lose his fascination for women.the properties of the different weapons. and indeed hypnotic personality. perhaps. And somehow he was a mythical figure for women. (23) Traudl Junge. For my part. and was also fond of listening to military lectures. . he said himself. having come to know Hitler well in the last stages of the war. I had learnt how to keep him to the point. She later commented on his views on women. Hitler had read a lot of military literature.that was his fascination. but would gradually find themselves succumbing to his personality. They would begin to argue their point. As a man. He had a way of looking at you with those eyes. His was the first dictatorship in the present period of technical development. In this way. a dictatorship which made complete use of all technical means for the domination of its own country. (24) Albert Speer was Minister for Armaments and War Production in Hitler's government. He often called me to his headquarters for consultation. Through technical means like the radio and the loud-speaker. I did not feel afraid of Hitler. and maintain my own argument. Obviously. At his trial at Nuremberg in 1946 he discussed the dangers of modern dictatorship. Like a Messiah. was Adolf Hitler's personal secretary. Hitler didn't marry. Hitler's dictatorship differed in one fundamental point from all its predecessors in history. after that Christmastide I had spent at his headquarters by invitation. and in the end would often agree to the opposite of what they intended. and he gave off an aura of power. It was thereby possible to subject them to the will of one man. It was more that he personified power . following the successful stroke at Zhitomir that had attracted his attention. He was particularly good in gauging how the troops felt. On the other hand he had no idea of the higher strategical and tactical combinations. eighty million people were deprived of independent thought.Hitler had a magnetic. but he did not understand how armies operated. This had a very marked effect on people who went to see him with the intention of putting forward their views on any matter. and that impressed women. coupled with his personal experience of the last war as an ordinary soldier. And also his presence. as so many did. the mentality and morale of troops. He was a saviour. I found that I was hardly ever in disagreement with his view when discussing such matters. he didn't look attractive at all. the effect of ground and weather. he had gained a very good knowledge of the lower level of warfare . an unmarried man is far more desirable than a boring husband. He had a good grasp of how a single division moved and fought. which could really set you alight.

The administration of drugs by injection (because parts of his body had to be exposed) needed great diplomatic skill. where he was X-rayed and his stomach was emptied. Brandt and his colleagues needed all available diplomatic skills to rescue a situation which could easily develop into a national crisis. A medical variant of this oil existed. He was hypersensitive to the slightest idea that these organs might be defective . a kind of oil hunters use to clean their rifle barrels. 133 It was one of the few instances where Hitler readily complied with his doctor's advice. Brandt remained the unchallenged authority and first point of call in all questions relating to Hitler's health and well-being and that of his staff. except that Hitler became increasingly concerned with his own mortality. the man in charge of Germany's future. heartbeat and temperature were possible. to persuade Hitler to have a full X-ray of his body. His symptoms were headaches. In December 1934. or was working in his immediate vicinity. Hitler poisoned himself with neo-Ballistol. until the arrival of Theodor Morell. Despite an unhealthy diet and lack of physical exercise. could hardly bear the idea of being the object of a medical examination. the wife of Theodor Morell. except for the stomach spasms which plagued him for years. X-ray pictures were out of the question. Morell would arrive with his doctor's bag in Hitler's sleeping quarters. In practical terms this had little meaning. Hitler was rushed to the Westend Sanatorium. To be examined by Brandt or any other of his doctors became a major undertaking. double vision. Karl Brandt: The Nazi Doctor (2007) For almost two years. To a limited extent the measuring of blood pressure. Even being measured by a tailor produced major problems because Hitler hated to be touched. Further chemical and radiological tests could only be carried out after persistent persuasion. Until the last days of the Reich. Yet Hitler disliked finding himself in a potentially compromising position. Ernst Robert Grawitz.and undermine the popular image and impact of the Fuhrer cult . Hitler's lungs and abdomen were never examined. and Hitler must have been under the impression that it would help him to overcome his constant gastrointestinal troubles. Morell had enormous difficulties in fulfilling his medical duties. his health remained relatively good. needed to prove themselves absolutely free of illnesses or disease-causing agents. the health of Hitler had reached such a level of strategic importance that every person who came into direct contact with the Fuhrer. for example when he needed to vomit. the only place where examinations were permitted. diagnosed neo-Ballistol poisoning. To conduct a thorough medical examination was almost impossible. compared his eccentricities in all matters concerned with his body with those of an old virginal spinster. who later became the President of the German Red Cross. Hanni Morell. because there was hardly anything to do in the early years of Brandt's assignment.(25) Ulf Schmidt. Whenever Hitler was in pain. Hitler must have felt a sense of exhaustion after those frantic years in opposition. pulse. In total secrecy. Comprehensive neurological or internal examinations were never carried out. and the need to press on if he wanted to achieve his monumental goals. especially those organs such as his voice or eyes which Hitler regarded as instrumental in controlling the people and the masses. but unsuccessfully.so . as were standard reflex tests. Hitler generally exhibited an extraordinary shyness when it came to undressing in front of physicians. All such eccentricities suddenly had no meaning when parts of his head or face were injured. The SS physician. he. and felt or touched the area of Hitler's body where it hurt. Hitler's personal physician and a former ship's doctor. By 1942. dizziness and tinnitus. Whenever Hitler fell ill. Morell tried persistently.

Hitler 1889-1936 Hitler 1889-1936 . At these times Hitler made no fuss.the best experts in the country would be ordered to treat him with all available skills.