Adolf Hitler Was Responsible For The Conduct Of World War II

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Twelve million men, women, and children were killed in concentration camps. Six million consisted of people from the Jewish descent. The misfortune of being Jewish, anti-Semitic or a political threat led to death for many. Hitler won Germans’ attention, and turned the Nazi party into a political powerhouse. He had twin racial views: Germans belonged to a master race, Aryans, with an innate right to rule. Jews, a vile subhuman, felt they could capture the world for themselves. (Heyes 9) Hitler became head of state. He made himself responsible for the conduct of the war. (Tunny 88) Hitler ordered the Nazis to terrorize anyone who demonstrated inferior traits. Germans found themselves turned into prisoners in their own country. Hitler stripped …show more content…
In his early school years, he succeeded in elementary, but failed at secondary level. He loved to read and paint. He attended singing lessons and sang in the choir. As a child, he loved going to church until he started losing all enthusiasm for learning and attending to church. Adolf rebelled against his religion and father and followed his own beliefs. (Heyes 21-23) His teachers remembered him as self-discipline, notoriously cantankerous, willful, arrogant and bad-tempered. (WGBH 1) Adolf idolized his mother. He hated when she would get upset with him. After his father died of a lung hemorrhage, two years later he also started suffering from lung problems. December 21, 1907, Klara, Hitler 's mother, died of breast cancer. “I had honored my father, but my mother I had loved,” Hitler wrote after his mother died. Hitler only had one friend, August Kubizek. He stated, “He had lost the only creature on this earth with whom he concentrated his love, and who had loved him in return.” Hitler became broke, slept on benches until he finally made it to the Home for Men 's shelter where he stayed for three years. (Heyes 21-24) His earlier obsession and deep loathing for Jews grew during this …show more content…
(Arlene 2) Luther and Darwin influenced Germany greatly in their teaching of German superiority. Many Germans grew up with the tradition to obey authority and also felt that Jews were inferior. “With a common enemy, they shifted all the attention to the crisis and channeled it all on the fact that the Jews caused it. The solution? Banishment from the society forcefully, from the face of the earth.” (2-3) Under Hitler 's command, Jews suffered hanging by Einsatzgruppen, paramilitary death squads (Heyes 97). Now his mission was to remove all Jews from Germany. (2) Jews who stayed in Germany were concentrated in big cities and stripped of their civil rights in the fall of 1939. (93-94) By March, they had to wear a red J on their ration cards. Sterilization and euthanasia programs for the handicapped existed. At first, the camps remained small but later, greatly grew in size. Even though prisoners suffered beatings, disease and starvation, death was not the priority until a Polish Jew killed a German diplomat. Forced immigration of Jews started after this, but ended with the start of World War II. Hitler declared, “Today I will once more be a prophet: if they Jews succeed in plunging the nations once more into a world war, then the result will be the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe.”(The Nazis 74) At this point, concentration camps became home for many Jews. Hitler called the concentration camps “the

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