Lessons Learned During The Holocaust
Adolf Hitler grew up in a poor family in Austria. His father was very strict and passed away when he was thirteen years old. In 1914, Hitler joined the 16th Bavarian reserve infantry regiment in the German armed forces. When he returned from war, he had fought for four years on the Western Front. During this time he had learned many lessons that he would later use in leading his party. The most important lesson was that Germany must never fight a war on two fronts and in Absolute Power in Germany meaning that the German leader would be empowered to lead with restriction.(Buchanan, Patrick J. Churchill, Hitler, and "the Unnecessary War") Five years later, in 1919 Hitler joined the German workers party, which is an extreme anti-communist and anti-semitic right wing organization. In 1920 Hitler changed the name to the National Socialist Workers Party. This party became known as the Nazi Party. He was determined to break the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles and make Germany great again. Hitler had some beliefs that began to build into strong themes for the party. He believed that the Aryan race to be superior to all others and that the Jews were as great an evil to the world as communism. He tried to stage a coup in Munich in 1923 and went to jail for 9 months and banned for a short time from speaking in public. In January 1933, with his opinions stronger than ever, Hitler became Chancellor (Prime Minister) of a coalition government. President Paul Von Hindenburg suspended the constitutional rights and Hitler had Absolute Power. When Hindenburg died in 1934, Hitler combined the positions of Chancellor and President and renamed it “ das Fuhrer” which means the leader. Hitler began to overturn the Versailles treaty and began to build up the German Military.(New Standard Encyclopedia. H ed. Vol. 8.