Who was Adolf Hitler?

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“The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible reductions. In this way, the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.”
― Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) is one of the most reviled figures in the history of mankind.  He is routinely mentioned with the likes of Genghis Khan and King Leopold as the greatest practitioners of death in all of recorded history.  As dictator of Germany, he was the antagonist of World War II, the deadliest conflict ever conceived.  Hitler rose through the ranks of German politics as a member and leader of the Nazi Party.  He exploited the desperate economic and political situation of Germany to acquire absolute power in the state.  He railed against the unfair treatment Germany received at the end of the Great War (Treaty of Versailles).  His two major goals were to restore Germany to greatest in the world while destroying the Jewish "influence" in Europe.  His program to exterminate the Jews is one of the most disgusting acts of genocide committed during the Twentieth Century.  It is estimated that Hitler was responsible for over eleven million noncombatant deaths.  

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