Week 6 Application: Political Leaders of WWII - World War...

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World War II produced many memorable and some not-so-memorable leaders. Likewise, it produced many effective and some not-so-effective leaders, as well. Often, the two go hand-in-hand; those who were particularly effective are remembered while those who were not are not. I can't imagine a discussion on the most memorable and effective leaders of WWII not including one man in particular; a man who was arguably the most effective leader during the war, and who is definitely among the most memorable men not just of the war, but in history. I speak, of course, about Adolphus “Adolf” Hitler.Born April 20, 1889, Adolf was his parents' fourth child, but the first to live beyond the age of two years (Giblin, 2002). As a younger child, he was not the greatest student. One of his teachers described him as “a thin, pale youth who lacked application, did not make full use of his talents, and was unable to accommodate himself to school discipline” (Giblin, 2002). After serving in the German military, Hitler was discharged from duty in 1920. He began giving speeches to larger and larger crowds and through his gift for public speaking, attracted important members to the German Worker's Party. To make the party sound more impressive than it was, Hitler came up with a new name: National Socialist German Worker's Party (translated). People soon shortened the name to just the Nazi Party. Hitler soon found himself leading an uprising against the Weimar Republic. In 1919 Hitler was arrested by the German state police. Interestingly, while Hitler was hiding out and heard that the police were coming for him. He panicked and said “Now all is lost! There's no use going on!” and reached for his revolver. A woman with him (whose home he was hiding in) stopped him from doing what he was thinking of doing. Just like would happen twenty-six years later, Adolf Hitler would have likely committed suicide had Helene not intervened that day.

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