Hitler: Speech of 1941

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My historical review will be on Adolph Hitler’s speech from October 6, 1939 in which he addressed the Reichstag, the German capital building. This speech is in response to the German invasion of Poland and thus the initial start of World War two. Many in the world at this time saw the issues that Hitler and the country of Germany proposed, and as many had feared, Germany began to take action. The exigencies which lead up to this speech are many. Hitler was born on April 20TH 1889 and grew up as a child in Braunau am Inn, . His childhood had a large effect on his psyche and his beliefs. When he was a child, he was beat by his father on a regular basis, which possibly led to his volatile and angry personality. He was a decent student, …show more content…

“Hitler was no tyrant imposed on Germany. Though he never received majority support in free elections, he was legally appointed to power and became, between 1933 and 1940, arguably the most popular head of state in the world. It has been suggested that at the peak of his popularity nine Germans in ten were ‘Hitler supporters,’ ‘Fuhrer Believers.’”(Rosenbaum 167) With such a large support structure already established in Germany, winning the hearts and minds of the German public was not Hitler’s goal at this point. At this point in history, I feel Hitler is looking for one thing, Propaganda. Hitler writes that a fundamental principle of propaganda (and rhetoric) is repetition: “The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is born in mind constantly and with unflagging attention. Propaganda

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