Historical and Psychological breakdown of Adolf Hitler according to Sebastian Haffner's Meaning of Hitler

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The rationalization of Adolf Hitler:Product of the old Germany andShaper of the 3rd Reich StateWhen conducting a biographical review of Adolf Hitler, it is difficult to discern the historical fact of his life from the numerous historical theories accepted as fact, and the pseudo-psychological studies that attempt a look into the life and times of the man, but never fail to come up short on proof. Adolf Hitler grew up in one of the most tumultuous times in Germanys history. Born on April 20th, 1889, to Alois Hitler, a successful customs official, and his third wife, Klara Polzl, who was also Alois half-niece. Adolf was the fourth child of six, yet only one of two to reach adulthood. Though Adolf was a good student throughout the early elementary years of his life, he had undergone the first failure in a long line when he failed to pass his first year in Realschule, and had to repeat, despite the fact that he was cited as possessing no will to work. During this time, and the years following Adolfs adolescence, Hitler seemed perfectly pleased to live a life of moderate failures with sporadic successes mixed throughout. Hitler volunteered for the Bavarian army in 1914 and was assigned to the 16th Bavarian Reserve Regiment. The experiences gained by Hitler during his front line service as a runner, as stated by Sebastian Haffner in The Meaning of Hitler, were crucial in the development of his character, for,his front-line experience was probably his only education. For the rest, he remained the typical half-educated man all his life one who always knew better and tossed about picked-up pieces of half-knowledge and wrong knowledge, preferably before an audience whom he could impress by doing so because it knew nothing at all.Hitler was by no means a man of superior intellect or education, however he possessed a somewhat one-dimensional look into Germanys history, and because of this, managed to work his way from a failing artist to the most powerful man in Central European politics and military capability. It is without a doubt that Hitler is a product of the times he grew up in, and the circumstances of his formative years, and because of this, shaped the situation of his time.

As it was previously stated, the times in which Hitler grew up in were without doubt some of the most tumultuous ones ever experienced by the German state. After the Reichs defeat in WWI, the provisional followed by the Weimar governments were constantly teetering on the brink of anarchy or communism. However, in March of 1920, Wolfgang Kapp led the Kapp Putsch against Eberts government. The Putsch was unsuccessful; however, the individuals involved with the Putsch were not punished in any way. Because of this, the Weimar government inadvertently allowed for future extremist right-wing groups to not only exist, but to seek out power in the post WWI German regime without fear or worry of retaliation from the government. A primary example of one of these parties is the German Workers Party, or DAP, with which Hitler had direct involvement. After Adolf was discharged from the military in 1920, he went through a transformation in character and spirit, going from a rather insignificant artist whos paintings were of German architecture to a fledgling statesman who found his place in the DAP, of which he became the 555th member, as cited by Anton Drexler, the first party leader. Also, throughout this time, a growing sentiment expressed not only throughout the German states, but the entire world was the growing feeling of anti-Semitism. This feeling came from the somewhat quiet hatred of the Jewish peoples of Europe, but occasionally expressed itself in the pre-Hitler era, as evidenced by the composer Richard Wagner, for in his own words, Judaism is the evil conscience of our modern civilization. Wagner is extremely significant in this case, for it is in his operas that strongly supported German nationalism that the social pariah Hitler found solace and...
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