Adolf Hitler What is greatness? Who can be considered as a great person? When we talk about a person being great, we often think about a good or a hero type of a person. We sometimes think of greatness as a heroic title to a person. A person with good qualities and a person that has great strength physically. But what does greatness in a person really mean? If someone asks you: Was Adolf Hitler a great person? what would you say? Knowing Hitler’s history when he ordered the killings of the Jews and how the war started might have an affect on how you will answer. But if you look at how Hitler gained Germany’s trust and confidence, how he took control of Germany and other countries, and how long he kept Germany fighting could show the meaning Greatness of a person in him.
After Hitler came into power, the Nazi party took control over every aspect of everyday life. Hitler ordered the creation of a special police force to make sure that all opponents would be eliminated, the Gestapo. He also gave orders to set up a special force, which would be used to transport and take care of all political prisoners, and people who were thought to be inferior. The name of the force was the feared SS. Mass propaganda was used to persuade the German people that the Fuhrer would make the country strong and powerful again. They also used propaganda against the Jews and other minority groups that were considered enemies. Teachers had to belong to the Nazi party, and children were taught that Jews were the source of all their problems.
Why did so many Germans follow Hitler? When he took power, the economy was basically non-existent and the country was in chaos after the earlier war. Many looked for answers and hope. Through Hitler’s speeches and propaganda, the Germans believed that he was their answer. Hitler used his power to build his empire the way he wanted. And those who opposed were simply captured and killed. Everyone in Germany was suddenly under his power.
After he got Germany under his power, he started claiming back the lands that Germany lost during the First World War. At first the allies did nothing about the fact that Hitler broke the Treaty. He gave speeches in which he indicated that the German people needed living space. He Marched into the Rhineland, and areas which Germany lost and took it back. Next He moved into Austria, his home country and annexed it without a shot being fired into the Reich. Following Austria, he wanted control of Sudetenland, a part of Czechoslovakia, which was mainly German speaking.
The allies didn’t want another war so they let Hitler do what he wanted to, but when he Attacked Poland on September 1st, 1939, the allies no longer stood by and watched. Britain and France declared war on Germany and eventually, World War II began. Getting back the lands that they lost before was not as easy as it seems. Why the people of those places did not resist Hitler taking over was because they knew at that time that Germany is fully prepared in terms of military force. Hitler fully re-armed Germany with weaponry and war equipment making them fully prepared for anything or anybody that might keep him from building his empire. Hitler’s army seemed unstoppable at the beginning of the war.
Though the axis power was outnumbered and surrounded in Europe, he managed to keep Germany fighting for 6 long years. It was when Germany broke its non-aggression pact with Russia that Germany started to lose their battle. The Allies were flooding in from East to West surrounding Germany with massive force. The Germans fought ferociously but they were simply outnumbered. In Hitler’s last attempts to fight back, he unleashed his secret weapons, the flying bomb V-1 and the deadly, faster-than-sound rocket V-2.
Though they were powerful and high tech, the Allied invading forces managed to capture and seize the launching sites. As the Nazis were losing the battle and Germany being invaded, Hitler begins to realize that he had lost. Even though Germany had lost the war, before the defeat of Germany, the Nazis with the leadership of Hitler and with the alliance of the Axis powers, they had already taken over most of Europe and Asia. Though Hitler showed cruelty and evilness to the Jews and to the rest of the world, his greatness in leadership and determination to pursue his goals were clearly remarkable. From bringing Germany back up to its feet from the First World War, to conquering one country to another. How he managed to keep Germany fighting for 6 years with only one ally in Europe to count on, and the rest of the world against him was truly an example of Greatness in a person. Greatness in leadership, determination, courage and perseverance.