Adolf Hitler's Pursuit Of Political Power

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“The best political weapon is the weapon of terror. Cruelty commands respect. Men may hate us. But, we don’t ask for their love; only for their fear,” Heinrich Himmler, leader of the Waffen-SS and prominent member of the Nazi Party. The Nazi Party was founded after WWI by veterans and revolutionaries hoping to see a change in their countries’ civilian-led government. Led by Adolf Hitler, the Nazi party became the only political party in Germany from 1933-1945 using religious like nationalism, racism, and taking advantage of a loss of hope felt by the German people during the Great Depression to build their reputation. When Adolf Hitler began his pursuit of political power in 1919, he was only one man with ideas about political and racial issues, …show more content…
Adolf was the fourth of six children, and he was much loved by his mother but not by his drunkard father. At a young age much to his father’s disapproval, Adolf was interested more in fine arts and history than he was in playing with boys his age, in which his father beat him as a result. Hitler dropped out of school at the age of fifteen and ran away from home to Vienna, taking his inheritance with him. He wanted to try and follow his dream in Vienna of becoming an artist much to his father’s dismay. While Adolf was living in Vienna, he applied twice to the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts but was rejected due to his lack of appreciation of the human art form. After he was rejected Hitler fell into a deep depression and he ran out of money so he had to resort to being homeless. Adolf slept on park benches and in alleyways, eating at soup kitchens and off of the money that people gave …show more content…
It was here that Adolf was first introduced to the German Workers’ Party after having been assigned to investigate the group in September 1919. He attended his first meeting on September 12th, 1919 where he was disgusted with what some of the members were saying about the weakness of the German State. He stood up and gave a fifteen-minute speech against them impressing most of the Party members there, with many of them agreeing amongst themselves that they could use him and his way of speaking. After the meeting, Hitler was given a pamphlet called “My Political Awaking”, which reflected many of Hitler’s political ideas. Even though it took him several days of deliberation to come to a decision, he decided to join the organization, although he was unimpressed by the condition of the party describing it as "aside from a few directives, there was nothing, no program, no leaflet, no printed matter at all, no membership cards, not even a miserable rubber

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