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  1. 1. Lindsey Purves HITLER: THE HUMAN BEINGFamily Life  Adolf’s mother developed terminal breast cancer and was treated by a Jewish doctor who failed to cure her; she died on December 21, 1907.  For six months of Hitler’s young life he lived across from a Benedictine monastery whose coat of arms’ main symbol was the Swastika.  Hitler’s father did not support his son’s dream to become an artist, sending him to technical school instead of the school Hitler wanted to attend. Adolf’s relationship with his father was very strained, often ending in arguments and violence.Teenage-Young Adult Life  In 1906 Hitler moved to Vienna, living off his meager inheritance from his father and an orphan’s pension. When his money ran out he continued to live in Vienna for 6 years, moving from one place to another as a homeless person. Vienna was a center of anti- Semitism and this helped lead to Hitler’s prejudice against Jews.  In his high school years Adolf’s father sent him to a technical high school, but out of spite for not being allowed to attend a regular high school, he did not even try to pass his classes and failed high school.  When Hitler moved to Vienna he failed to get in to the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, not having the right type of artistic touch to draw in the fine arts, he was told to go into architecture. Thinking this was indeed how he would now out his artistic talents to use he wanted to attend an architectural design school but did not have his high school learning to get in.Experiences as a WWI Soldier  In October 1918, Hitler was temporarily blinded by a mustard gas attack. During his blindness he came to realize that his purpose must be to “save” Germany.  Adolf was awarded the Iron Cross, second class, in 1914 and the Iron Cross, first class, in 1918 (medals of bravery). Hitler’s second Iron Cross was given by Hugo Gutmann, a Jewish List adjutant (higher ranking officer of Jewish faith)Rise to Power  In July 1919, after the war had ended, Hitler took up a position as a military spy, where he was assigned the task of infiltrating the German Workers’ Party. There he listened and was impressed with the ideas of Anton Drexler which focused on anti-Semitism, nationalism, anti-capitalism and ant-Marxism.  Drexler was impressed with Hitler’s speaking performance and asked him to join. After he joined the party and was discharged from the army in 1920, Adolf began doing more and more speeches in front of the group (now called the National Socialist German Workers’ Party) that was continuously growing with Germany’s declining economy.
  2. 2.  In July 1921 Hitler took over the position of Chairman of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. This gave him the freedom to do what he wished with the party and he took advantage of this, pushing his anti-Semitism and anti-socialist views more than ever. He took over an anti-Semitist paper that was going bankrupt and created the logo for the party; the swastika in a white circle with a red background.  When the Great Depression hit Germany in the 1930’s, Hitler more easily influenced the Germans to join him in his ways of thinking. After Hindenburg died in August 1934 Hitler became the successor of Germany, taking absolute control as the new Dictator.Where May His Extreme Anti-Semitism Have Come From?  During WWI, Hitler was under the command of a man of Jewish faith. When the war was lost he may have thought it was the incompetence of his Jewish commander that resulted in their loss.  Adolf’s mother, the woman he loved very much, died from breast cancer while being treated by a Jewish doctor. Hitler could have thought it was the doctor’s fault that his mother died.My Assessment of Hitler as a Human BeingIn my research I’ve found that Hitler did have a hard early life. This may have impacted howHitler turned out to a great extent, although many people who have gone through the samethings have turned out alright, or at least not into an anti-Semitic Dictator. I think Adolf couldhave turned out much better if he had dealt with his experiences better. Hitler was too easilyinfluenced by his surroundings and then took his influenced perceptions to the extreme.BibliographyAdolf Hitler. (2011, January 17). Retrieved January 14, 2011, from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler#ChildhoodAdolf Hitlers Childhood. (n.d.). Retrieved January 13, 2011, from ORACLE ThinkQuest: http://library.thinkquest.org/J0112264/Hitler1.htmlDuguay, C. (Director). (2003). Hitler: The Rise of Evil [Motion Picture].Kershaw, I. (2000). Hitler, 1889-1936: hubris. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.Meier, D. A. (2000). Adolf Hitlers Rise to Power. Retrieved January 17, 2011, from Nodak: http://www2.dsu.nodak.edu/users/dmeier/Holocaust/hitler.html