Adolf Hitler

Meagan Zirnheld, Mackenzie Stovall, Gabriell Shumate, Sydney Anonson
Early Life:
Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on April 20, 1889. Hitler’s dad was named Alois Schickelgruber Hitler. Was married three times Adolf’s mom was Alois third wife. Klara Poelzl was her name and she was a young peasant girl. Alois died from cancer in December of 1908. This made the young Adolf Hitler very sad. At the age of sixteen he left school with dreams of becoming a painter. In October 1907 he left home for Vienna.

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To avoid military service in the Austrian army, Hitler moved to Munich, Germany in May 1913 but as soon as World War I broke out, Hitler asked for and received special permission to serve in the Bavarian-German army. He was wounded twice, he was badly gassed four weeks before the end of the war and spent three months recuperating in a hospital in Pomerania. Hitler was a brave soldier and by December 1914 he was awarded the Iron Cross (Second Class). In October 1916 he was wounded by a grenade splinter, and in August 1918 he was awarded the Iron Cross (First Class). On October 13, 1918, a gas attack caused him to go temporarily blind. While recuperating in a hospital, Hitler heard the news of the end of the war and of Germany's defeat. His anger and feelings of betrayal shaped his and the world's future.
After World War I:
After the war, many in Germany felt betrayed by the German government for their sudden and unexpected surrender. After spying on a political group for a long time he joined it and a little bit after that he found himself leading it. Hitler believed that he could provide a stronger government that would bring strength and prestige back to Germany. So, on November 9, 1923, he attempted a coup of the government, the Beer Hall Putsch. It failed and Hitler was sentenced to five years at Landsberg Prison. Even though he only served nine months of his term he used this time to think about his thoughts about a new Germany,which he made into a book, Mein Kampf which means my struggle. This book was very popular in Germany and one of the best sellers. Once he was released, he continued on his road to ultimate power. By July 1932, Hitler had enough support to run for president of Germany, he lost the election to Paul von Hindenburg. However, on January 30, 1933, Hindenburg appointed Hitler as chancellor of Germany. After legally gaining power in Germany, Hitler quickly began solidifying his position by putting those that disagreed with him into concentration camps. He created massive amounts of misleading posters that strengthened German pride by blaming all their problems on Communists and Jews.
Beginning of WWII
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In August 1939, the world could no longer stand aside and just watch so World War II began. From the Nuremberg Laws in 1935 to Kristallnacht in 1938, Hitler slowly removed Jews from German society. However, with the cover of World War II, the Nazis created an elaborate and intensive system to work Jews as slaves and kill them. Hitler is considered one of the most evil people in history because of the Holocaust.

Death:
Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot on 30 April 1945 in Berlin. His wife Eva committed suicide with him by ingesting cyanide. There are many reasons he killed himself. One reason was he knew he had lost the war and did not want to hide or run. He did not want Stalin to capture him and parade him around as a war prize. Another reason was the soviet forces had surrounded Berlin and were closing in on his bunker. He believed that if he did get caught he would have a slow, painful and humiliating death.


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Sources:
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/hitler.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/people/adolf_hitler
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10007430
Picture Sources:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9088865/Hitler-had-son-with-French-teen.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler
http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/adolf-hitler-8.php