Adolf Hitler Quotes (Author of Mein Kampf)
Hitler Returns To Germany From France (1940) - British Pathe
Adolf Hitler was almost Adolf Schicklgruber. Or Adolf Hiedler. His father, Alois, was born out of wedlock to Maria Anna Schicklgruber and given her surname. On the legal documents, Hitler was given as the new last name, though the reason for the spelling change is unknown. The couple had six children, though only Adolf and a sister reached adulthood. Adolf had a difficult relationship with his father, who died in , but he adored his mother and was reportedly grief-stricken by her death from breast cancer in
He was closely involved in military operations throughout the war and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust. Hitler was born in Austria—then part of Austria-Hungary —and was raised near Linz. In , he attempted to seize power in a failed coup in Munich and was imprisoned. In jail, he dictated the first volume of his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf "My Struggle". After his release in , Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting Pan-Germanism , anti-semitism and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. He frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as part of a Jewish conspiracy.
Hitler was of great historical importance—a term that does not imply a positive judgment—because his actions changed the course of the world. He was responsible for starting World War II , which resulted in the deaths of more than 50 million people. In addition, Hitler was responsible for the Holocaust , the state-sponsored killing of six million Jews and millions of others. With his oratorical skills and use of propaganda, he soon became its leader. Hitler gained popularity nationwide by exploiting unrest during the Great Depression , and in he placed second in the presidential race. The following month the Reichstag fire occurred, and it provided an excuse for a decree overriding all guarantees of freedom.