Is Hitler the leader of the German army?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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For all practical purposes, Boyne's work establishes that Hitler is the leader of the German Army.  The political configuration of Germany is one in which the army and the government were one in the same. The strength of the nation was evident in the strength of the army.  Hitler, "The Fuhrer," was the leader of the nation.  In this setting, he can also be seen as the leader of the German Army.  For Bruno, this understanding is perfectly clear as he understands "the Fury" to be his father's boss.  When "the Fury" and his girlfriend are invited to dinner, Bruno recognizes the couple as one of power.  He understands the relationship that his father has to them in terms of boss and underling.  Bruno's immediate dislike is also noteworthy.  Given how everyone around Bruno fawns over the political and military position of power that Hitler held, it makes sense to be able to presume that Hitler is the leader of the army.  While Hitler himself did not face combat and did not have a direct and relevant hand in military strategy, Hitler can be seen as leader of state.  This association in Nazi  Germany credited him with being leader of the army.


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