A true great political leader takes full advantage of favorable conditions, is able to rule the people under poor circumstances, and most importantly has the full support of his/her people. Adolf Hitler, quite possibly one of the most despised human beings in the world, fits this description. Hitler was a political genius but, unfortunately his sanity slipped and he went down a road in which there was no redemption. Hitler was a master orator and was gifted in using propaganda in order to brainwash the people of Germany. People know Hitler as the man who started one of the largest genocides in human history. However, by divorcing his good political credentials from his heinous ...view middle of the document...
By the end of 1920, the Nazi Party had about 3,000 members. A year after that, Hitler became the partyâ€™sâ€™ official leader (FÃ¼hrer). This is where Hitler begins to show his true potential as a leader through his masterful use of speech and propaganda.
In 1923 Adolf Hitler's attempt at an armed overthrow of local authorities in Munich, known as the Beer Hall Putsch, failed miserably. Hitler was subsequently jailed and charged with high treason. However, Hitler used the courtroom at his public trial as a propaganda platform, ranting for hours against the current government. While in prison, Hitler wrote volume one of Mein Kampf (My Struggle), his auto biography. Hitler was released from prison after one year. Other Nazi leaders were given light sentences also. This shows how Hitler manipulated the people through public speaking. After Hitler was released from prison, he formally resurrected the Nazi Party. Hitler began rebuilding and reorganizing the Party, waiting for an opportune time to gain political power in Germany. At that time, Germany was already suffering a post-war depression. Hitler used the suffering of the masses to gain political support. He gained a strong following from the middle class, the workers and the unemployed by promising to improve the economy. As economic conditions worsened, the Nazis gained more support. Hitler staged huge rallies and parades. His speeches called for a strong and proud Germany.
With the fall of Gustav Stresemann, the former chancellor of Germany, the Nazi party became the largest political party in Germany. In 1933, Hitler was appointed as the Chancellor of Germany. Hitler gained the support of the people after overcoming his opponents. As Chancellor, Hitler promised stability, glory, economic security, employment, and the suppression of communism. In doing this he satisfied the needs of different classes. Hitler is able to take full advantage of favorable political circumstances created by WWI.
After he became the Chancellor, Hitler controlled the mass media. Books, plays, film and art were strictly censored. Also at that time, all German youth had to join the Hitler Youth Movement to learn Nazi ideas. The German workers were forced to join the German Labor Front instead of trade unions. Hitler also formed the Gestapo to supervise the life of the German people. Complaints against the government were made illegal. Under Hitlerâ€™s rule, Germany became a police state. Using these methods Hitler twisted and manipulated the minds of the German people to make them believethat his ideas were their ideas.
The death of 87-year-old President Paul von Hindenburg on August 2, 1934 removed the final obstacle to Adolf Hitler obtaining absolute power over Germany. Even with the passage of the Enabling Act and the banning of all political parties apart from the Nazi Party, Hindenburg still had the right to remove Hitler as Chancellor, and...