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This could take up a book. I think that you might need to go back to your initial task description or your instructor and make sure that there are not points that have to be included in an essay of this magnitude. There is so much that can be included that it is important to make sure you incorporate these items. If this is done, I would say that there should be some mention as to how Hitler was able to gain power in terms of being able to rally public support around demonizing specific individuals. Hitler was horrifically effective in utilizing the politics of blame, and this should be noted. At the same time, I would make mention of the weakened nature of the Weimar Government as well as the public apathy that seemed to surround Germany of the 1930s, which gave Hitler the path he needed to ascend into power. Finally, I would say that being able to discuss the various ways in which Hitler was able to consolidate power and continue his ascendancy, even after gaining power, would be something that could be quite relevant. Remember that the primary issue surrounding Hitler, with history as a guide, is to examine how he was able to do what he did and where the lessons are for us in understanding how to avoid these traps again. In this light, these particular topics are relevant to these aims.
A couple more possible topics:
- As a history teacher, one thing that interests me is the debate over whether people make a difference in history. Some people say that individuals don't really make history and the fate of individuals is not important. I think it would be interesting to look at whether Hitler was special in some way or if the circumstances of Germany during his time would have inevitably led to someone playing the role he did. You would need to look at what things were like in Germany at that time and then try to think about Hitler himself to see whether he brought any qualities that no one else could have.
- I would look at Hitler's impact on WWII. Would Germany have lost the war if he had not been the leader or would they have won? Would WWII have started if not for him?
One thing that you might wish to focus on is what made Hitler such a charismatic leader in the first place. For instance, why were so many people willing to follow him? If you research the socio-economic conditions of Germany at the time of his rise to power, you will gain a new perspective as to how he was so easily able to ear the following of the masses. By the time he began his campaign against all non-heterosexual, non-aryan people, he had already garnered a following who could then be kept in line by threats. This is a fascinating, albeit devastating, era of history that we can learn a great deal from. Hitler is a figure who, in order to avoid allowing someone like him to rise to power again, we must learn from. The age old adage "those wo do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it" is something that is highly relevat with regard to Hitler and the Nazi movement.
There are so many thing that you can write about a person as notorious as Hitler. The problem will be in the area of narrowing things down, rather than having things to say. Let me suggest a few topics or essay questions. First, a fascinating topic may be to focus in on the church in Germany. How did Lutherans allow this to happen or where they powerless? Second, you might want to touch upon the political milieu of Germany during the time of Hitler's rise to power. In short, ask how did Hitler rise to power. Third, another great essay topic may be the relationship between World War I and World War II. Did the first world war contribute to the second one? If so, what role did it play?
If I were to write an essay on Adolph Hitler I would first establish an outline. I would include the following.
I. Hitler the Man
-Early childhood -middle years -adult years
II. Articles and Books
III. Rise to Power
-Propaganda against Jews
-Ideology of the "pure race"
-vacations for Germans
-day care centers
V. Military Maneuvers
-War with allies
-Encampment and execution of Jews
One can not just focus on the horrific things that Hitler did but when writing an essay look at the man as a whole. Who was he? Where did he come from? What influenced his views? What abilities did he have that enabled him to become such a big power in Germany?
Adolph Hitler (1889-1945) is perhaps the most hated person in history. He is most well known for his role in World War I, and for the atrocities he committed on the Jews killing about 6 million Jewish men, women and children. In addition his forces killed 5 million people considered by him to be racially inferior, having genetic defects or politically dangerous.
He was a brutal person with no regard for life. He displayed no sense of principles or morality, using every possible means to put down his political opponents brutally to achieve his purpose.
Hitler Ruled Germany as a dictator for 1933 to 1945. During this period he first built up very effectively military capability of Germany, provoked World War II, and led Germany to spectacular victories, conquering most of Europe, before being forced into a crushing defeat.
Hitler began his political career in 1919, immediately after end of World War I, and then quickly rose to power through Nazi party. His rise to power was primarily based on his opposition to the unequal treaty forced on Germany after World War I, on creating a feeling among the German People that they were superior to all other people of the world. and that under the leadership of Hitler they will be able to realize their dreams of proving their superiority to the world. Perhaps the hatred of Jews spread by Hitler was a part of creating this false notion among non-Jew Germans about the superiority and gaining popularity. Many of these ideas were contained in the the book Mein Kampf, a book he wrote while he was put in prison in 1923.
When faced with the prospect of imminent capture by allied army in 1945, Hitler committed suicide by simultaneously chewing a cyanide capsule and shooting himself in the temple.
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