It is undoubted that Adolf Hitler has become the quintessence of hate and prejudice. Nonetheless, he remains one of the most influential leaders if history. Following his ascent to power, he successfully oversaw the genocide of millions of Jews, Gypsies, and homosexuals, while earning the respect and loyalties of the German nation as well as other countries. By optimizing his adroit oration abilities, he eventually convinced the entire German nation to follow him whole-heartedly and began a world war in the process. Being in a state of bankruptcy and distress, Germany was easily swayed by Hitler’s promising claim for a German rise to power and wellbeing. The public evidently viewed Hitler as a strong leader, something that was much needed at the time. Thus, by exploiting the instability of the German nation, Adolf Hitler used skillful oration, exploitation of political instability, and nationalistic propaganda to appeal to the German public and gain power during the Weimar Republic.
Political instability served as a central asset to Adolf Hitler’s campaign. Following the First World War, and the 1929 Stock Market crash, the world entered a depression. In addition to depression and inflation, Germany was also in a state of bankruptcy due to the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles, which forced the nation to pay extensive reparations to the Allied powers as well as obligatory demilitarization. Consequently, progress was in the best of interests for the German nation. It was this need for progress that Hitler was able to take advantage of. As exhibited by document 1, an excerpt from Mein Kampf written by Adolf Hitler prior to his ascent to power, democracy limits advancement and is harmful to a nation. He states, “Isn’t every deed of genius in this world a viable protest of genius against the inertia of the mass…” Thus, it is the collective opinion that demotes progress; meaning democracy will never lift the Germans out of distress and back to the status...
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