At the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month of 1918 the world could rest once more. The armistice had been signed between the Allies and Germany in Compiegne, France, temporarily marking the end of World War I. However, the peace treaty that officially marked the end of the war was signed later on June 28, 1919 in Versailles, France, which coincidentally, was five years to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While the world seemed to be at peace for the next 16 years, a few individuals had been brewing up other ideas. From the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1922 until the dropping of the second A-bomb on Nagasaki, Japan on August 9, 1945, the world would never look the same. Over 50 million military and civilians were killed in the European Theater alone. An estimated 6 million Jews had been slain in Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’. Yet another 12 million were killed in the Pacific. By the end of World War II, the world laid in ruin, families were torn apart, and nations were still divided.
While the German invasion of Poland didn’t occur until September of 1939, Adolf Hitler was rising through the ranks for quite some time. A decorated World War I veteran, Adolf Hitler assumed power of the National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazis for short, in July of 1921. With his radical ideas and extremist views, Adolf Hitler had a plan not only for his Germany, but also for the world as a whole. He envisioned his supreme race of purebred Aryans to control on a global scale. While one might wonder why such a man was voted into office, Hitler was actually very popular. He gained popularity among the German common folk by promoting nationalism, anti-Semitic and anti-communistic views and used propaganda to its fullest. It isn’t until 1933 that Hitler is appointed Chancellor of Germany by president Paul von Hindenburg. Shortly thereafter Hitler gained more support from his fellow citizens after...
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