Colby Warzecha. College English. 2017. The Rise And Fall

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Colby Warzecha
College English
The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler

WWII was undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest calamities with millions of lives lost. This war impacts the world even today. No person bears more responsibility than Adolf Hitler. It is important; however, to learn and understand his life so that the world does not repeat the same mistakes as seen in the 20th century.
Adolf Hitler was born on April 20, 1889 in Braunau, Austria. His father, Alois Hitler, worked as a mid-level customs official. His childhood seemed to “have been under the repressive influence of an authoritarian… and increasingly short-tempered and domineering father until the latter’s death in 1903” (“Adolf Hitler”). With the small pension his
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In 1914, when WWI broke out, he asked the King of Bavaria to allow him to serve in the military and was permitted to join the 16th Bavarian Reserve. He was deployed to Belgium where he took part in the First Battle of Ypres and served primarily as a headquarters runner where he relayed orders to the front lines. He was wounded in October 1916 and narrowly survived a gas attack in 1918 (“Adolf Hitler and World War I: 1913-1919”). He was noted for his bravery in combat on the Western Front; in fact, he received the Iron Cross First Class for his distinguished service. He reveled in the war as a place where he had purpose and relief from the purposeless life he had before the war (Bullock et al). With the end of the war, Hitler suffered an “emotional disaster” because he would be torn apart “from the only community in which he had ever felt at home” (“Adolf Hitler and World War I: 1913-1919”). Miraculously, he gained employment as a confidential informant to spy on the small German Workers’ Party in Munich. He owed his employment to his friend Ernst Roehm who would later head the SS (“Adolf Hitler”). This small party promoted the beliefs of nationalism and anti-Semitism that reverberated with Hitler. He quickly distinguished himself as an impressive speaker and propagandist” (“Adolf Hitler”). He worked to increase the membership of the party to 6,000 members, and in April 1921 became the leader (Führer) of the now renamed Nazi party. Outraged at the
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