Why Did Germany Invade The Soviet Union?

974 WordsSep 30, 20144 Pages
Why did Germany invade the Soviet Union? Throughout World War II, Hitler had conquered the majority of Western Europe. After Germany was defeated by Great Britain and stopped from conquering the entire country, Hitler placed his attention toward the Soviet Union. Therefore, on June 22nd, 1941 Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa with the intention of conquering the Soviet Union. The intention for invasion toward the Soviet Union was to conquer and gain control over the large country and its natural resources which could serve as a perfect place to commence the creation of an empire. Not only was gaining control over territory nor resources a factor for invasion, but his life experience may have influenced him to take this decision. Another form of identifying the reason for why Germany surprisingly attacked the Soviet Union would be by looking through the individual level of analysis. In which Hitler’s life experience led to his ambition for worldwide dominance to the destruction of communism creating a form of genocide. Adolf Hitler was born on April 22, 1886 in Braunau am Inn, Austria to Alois and Klara Hitler. He was the fourth of six children. His childhood was undesirable. Due to his father’s short temper, and strict manner Adolf Hitler did not have a stable relationship and was unable to pursue a career in the visual art (Keefe, 29). Throughout his childhood, he experienced several losses. Beginning with the loss of his five siblings, which unfortunately did not get to
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