Life History of Adolf Hitler

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INTRO/THESIS
Adolf Hitler has long been the focus of many debates and arguments. It is accurate to say that he is one of the most controversial leaders ever to walk the Earth. It is hard to believe by most how such a cruel and oddly looking man became the leader of a very powerful country. Hitler's rise to power was not through that of brute force (except for his first try through the Beer Hall Putsch), but rather through his ideas of a better, superior Germany. In this paper I want to examine Hitler's childhood and life in the army during WW I, how it shaped his thoughts on Jews, and his tedious rise to "Fur her" in Germany. I also want to answer the question, "was the fall of Hitler preventable or inevitable?"

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It took the authorities four years to catch Adolf (he was living in Munich with a dying aunt at the time). When they did, he was told he would spend a year in prison and still must serve his time in the army. After reporting to Salzburg, the authorities informed him that he was "unfit...too weak...and unable to bear arms." According to Mein Kampf, Hitler was not to upset about getting turned down by the Austrian government and claimed that "I did not want to fight for the Habsburg state, but was ready at any time to die for my people and for the Reich which embodied it (Hitler 163)." Soon after this incident, World War I began and Hitler was grateful to volunteer for the German army, and fight for the country he loved so dearly. On the arrival of his letter, Hitler was claimed to have said "I was overcome with impetuous enthusiasm, and falling on my knees, wholeheartedly thanked Heaven that I had been granted the happiness to live live at this time (Spartacus, internet source)."
Hitler liked being in the army. For the first time he was part of a group that was fighting for a common goal. Hitler also liked the excitement of fighting in a war. Although fairly cautious in his actions, he did not mind risking his life and impressed his commanding officers for volunteering for dangerous missions. Hitler's passion for danger and the spotlight, lead him to become a

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