Writer : Onajoko Deborah (AKA Derby County)
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Adolf Hitler, popularly known as “Der Fiihrer”which translates to “the leader”, was born on the 20th of April, 1889 at the braunau inn, Austria. He is popularly known for the advent of the Nazism system of government and the founder and leader of the German Nazi political party . Although the name “ Hitler” has gained immense fame over the course of time, Adolf’s father Alois was originally an illegitimate child who bore his mother’s name Shicklgrubber, but by 1876 he established his family claim to the last name “Hitler”, which Adolf himself would later on begin to bear .
If this change of events had never occurred, the Nazi leader himself might have instead of Hitler be known as “Adolf shicklgrubber”. Most of the early days of Hitler’s days were spent in Linz, the capital of upper Austria which he eventually would develop a strong liking for as he claimed it to be his favorite city even till death and expressed his wish to be buried there .
Young Hitler never advanced beyond the secondary school education, after which he pursued his love for art by becoming an unconventional artist after moving to Vienna . He would later apply for an admission to the academy of fine arts of which he would fail twice to secure an admission . This failure would lead Hitler to live a quiet and isolated lifestyle while making a living through painting postcards and advertisements. It is obvious that even as Hitler would later on grow to become a world famous authoritarian, like Napoleon I, his childhood experiences were poles apart from that of Bonaparte. However this didn’t serve as a restriction to Hitler’s ambition.
In 1913, Hitler relocated to Munich the capital of Bavaria, Germany where he tried out for the military service in February, 1914, where he was rejected because he was counted as unfit in terms of physical vigour and strength. He however later on petitioned to the then king of Bavarian, king Louis III, for allowance to serve after the emergence of the first world war(1914-1918). He was deployed in October 1914 to Belgium for the first battle of Ypres . Despite facing a lot of hardship, injuries and troubles during the war, Hitler continually remained at the front line, which earned him the iron cross second class and the iron cross first class as a reward in 1914 and 1918 respectively . He was said to have worn these medals up until the time of his suicidal death.
Following his return from the First World War, Hitler created the Nazi party which would later on aid his rise to power. In 1933 he acclaimed the title of Der Fuhrer of Germany, following victories secured by the Nazi party, and after the death of Paul Von Hindenburg, he assumed the position of chancellor in 1934 . Hitler was known majorly for his execution of 11million victims which he deemed”life unworthy of life”, these included Jews, Slavs (from Eastern Europe), homosexuals and Jehova witnesses. Another one of Hitler’s popular and greatest misdeeds was the holocausts which led to the death of about 6 million Jews, which was around two third of the European Jewish population from 1941- 1945.
Hitler wished to build a master Aryan race for which he imposed certain health policies. He was known to abstain from alcohol and smoking, although sources say that he was reportedly a drug addict of various kinds including opium, cocaine, morphine and the likes . After all his escapades Hitler still remained an art lover for which he enforced strict rules on what forms of art were to be showcased in Germany, he also ordered systematic looting of various art works, an example of which is the Ghent Altar piece . He was also known to have authored a book during his imprisonment for high treason in 1924, called “My struggle”.
This book was banned in Germany and other countries after his death, but was later published in Germany for the first time since 1945, after which it became a best seller . On the 30th of April, 1945, Adolf Hitler took his own life via a gunshot, alongside his newly wedded wife Eva Braun in his underground bunker after being hunted by Soviet troops who had stormed Berlin, after which their bodies were burned and buried as per his wishes .
Writer: Onajoko Deborah
Writer: Onajoko Deborah
- ” It is humiliating to remain with our hands folded while others write history” — Benito Mussolini .
- “Obstacles do not exist to be surrendered to, but only to be broken.” — Adolf Hitler.
- “It is not heroes that make history but history that makes heroes” — Joseph Stalin.
- “In times of difficulties, we must not loose sight of our achievement” — Mao Zedong.
- ” Everything is decided by a person’s thought, and if he is ideologically motivated there is nothing he cannot do” — Kim II Sung.