hitlersaluteAfter Hitler’s childhood dream of becoming an artist turned to ashes he became more of a rebel and German nationalist than ever before.

He spent the next 4 years in Vienna selling postcards and his paintings in Jewish owned shops. He lived off the remainder of his inheritance from his father and the money he made from selling his paintings.

After Adolf’s mother passed he was entitled to receive his father’s civil service pension check. He now made enough money that he did not need to seek any employment.

A rebel with money is a bad combination.

Now Adolf spent his days reading and doing whatever he wanted whenever he wanted. It was during this period that Adolf began to consider politics.

 

Opportunity Knocks

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Shortly after Adolf moved to Munich Germany in 1913 the opportunity evolved to express his pan Germanism.

The outbreak of World War I would give him the opportunity to show the world the supremacy of Germany above all other European countries.

Adolf was overcome with joy and thanked God for what he felt was his divine appointment and calling for his life.

He became a volunteer for the German army and quickly became known and recognized as a courageous soldier that was willing to risk his life at any cost.

Adolf was awarded 5 medals and the prestigious medal of Iron Cross. He felt within himself that he truly had found his calling in life.

Yet again disappointment followed him wherever he went. As Adolf was recovering in the hospital from being temporarily blinded from a mustard gas attack he received the news of Germany’s defeat in the war.

Another dream shattered. Hitler could not hide his emotions and spent days unable to stop his tears.

A depressed, angered, and embittered warrior would anxiously await another door of opportunity to open.

The Politician

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Adolf began his politics while serving in the German Army as a spy to help indentify soldiers that supported socialism or the Socialist Republic revolution.

Adolf hated socialism and viewed this ideal as a Jewish conspiracy. He took notice that Karl Marx a cornerstone for socialism was a Jew.

Hitler being a German nationalist despised the socialist belief of equality.

In 1919 Adolf was sent to spy a meeting of the German Workers Party. As he set in on this meeting he felt right at home. This party had the same anti-semite and German nationalist ideals as he.

Unable to contain his identity as a spy he stood to argue a point which invoked an invitation from leader Anton Drexler to join their party as their orator.

Hitler’s ability to lead and speak allowed him to quickly become first the propaganda manager then his popularity was so overwhelming that he was considered the head of the party.

As head he made changes to the party’s name. He adopted “Social” which was a ploy to deceive the Germans that were receptive to socialistic philosophy.

Then Hitler added the ‘National’ which he added before the ‘Social’. This gave socialism a new meaning.

The National Socialist German Workers Party would redefine socialism. Their belief was equality was for any person that had German Blood. Jews and other immigrants would lose their rights as citizens.

So equality was not real and genuine equality for all. In actuality this would be classified as PREJUDICE.

 

The Beer Hall Putsch

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The National Socialist German Workers Party began to gain popularity and strength. Adolf saw a door of opportunity to gain control of the government.

Adolf felt like Novermber 1923 was the perfect time to seize power as Germany was resentful and chaotic with the fact that their current government resumed making payments of the Versailles Treaty.

This treaty was a result of Germany’s loss of World War I. The victorious European Allies of World War I, notably France and Britain, presented a bill to Germany demanding payment for damages caused in the war which Germany had started.

The repayment was approximately 33 billion dollars and created major inflation, job losses, salaries were cut, overpriced groceries and rioting. Germany was irrate.

The Beer Hall Putsch was a failed attempt by the National Socialist German Workers party (Nazis) to overthrow Gemany’s democracy. The word putsch stands for a plotted revolt to overthrow a government.

The Nazis had about 35,00 followers and growing. They decided to declare their new government in a beer hall in Munich among a large gathering of notable business men.

About 3,000 demonstrators that were apart of the putsch marched the streets of Munich. The revolt was met by the German police who opened fire on them which killed 16 people.

Hitler fled but was caught, tried and sentenced to five years in prison of which he only served 9 months.

It was during this period of confinement that Adolf began to write his book Mein Kampf which translated in English means My Struggle.

 

Prisoner to Fuhrer

Hitler was released from prison early due to pressure from so many believers in his radical ideas. His followers believed that he was the savior of Germany.

The people of Germany wanted change and would support a rebel or anyone else that could make life more livable.

By 1932 Adolf acquired his German citizenship and had enough supporters that he was able to make a run at being president. He lost to incumbent Paul von Hindenburg.

Reputable businessmen and industralist were able to persuade von Hindenburg to appoint him as chancellor.
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On Jan. 30th 1933 von Hindenburg reluctantly swore in Hitler as Chancellor of Germany.

As head of government Adolf was quick at establishing a new totalitarian state. He began to put a new administration in place by replacing communist, conservatives, jews and any other opponents of his regime.

It wasn’t until the very popular von Hindenburg’s death in 1934 that Hitler was able to totally dismantle constitutional government in Germany.

Adolf knew that Hindenburg was going to die and decided to have a law passed the day before his death that would enable him to obtain powers as the head of state which was illegal and violated the Enabling Act.

Nothing was said or done about this violation of tampering with the office of presidency.

Hitler was now the supreme leader, the Führer.