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Adolf Hitler was the leader of Germany during World War II. Hitler wanted to avenge the alleged mistreatment of the Germans by the terms of the Versailles Treaty that punished Germany harshly. He believed the treaty was unfair to Germany. In his attempt to build up German nationalism, he said nobody should mistreat the Germany people.

In the 1930s, Hitler began to take aggressive actions in Europe. He built up his military, which was in violation of the Versailles Treaty. He moved his military into the Rhineland, which also violated the Versailles Treaty. He took over Austria and wanted part of Czechoslovakia. He got the Sudetenland portion of Czechoslovakia as a result of the Munich Pact. He broke his promise that he made in the Munich Pact by taking the rest of Czechoslovakia in 1939. After he invaded Poland, Great Britain and France declared war on Germany that led to the start of World War II.

During World War II, Hitler conquered almost all of Western Europe. However, he was unable to conquer Great Britain. He also made a fatal mistake by invading the Soviet Union, which broke the non-aggression pact he had made with them. Eventually, Germany began to lose battles in World War II and was defeated in May 1945. Hitler’s death came right at the end of the war.

Adolf Hitler was also responsible for the Holocaust. He planned to destroy the Jewish people by putting them in concentration camps where they would be killed. Hitler blamed the Jewish people for many of Germany’s problems. He used them as a scapegoat for the issues Germany faced. About six million Jewish people were placed in these camps. Another five million non-Jewish people were also killed in the Holocaust.

Adolf Hitler was Germany’s leader before and during World War II.

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