Adolf Hitler is known to history as the evilest man in the 20th century, and one cannot dispute such an argument. The myth of Hitler as a demagogue, a man possessed by a higher purpose, a man destined for his time to carry out what occurred in the mid 20th century, would seem far-fetched for those not initiated in history. To you reader, I hope to pop the pynk elephant of what has been informed through secular history, what has been taught to us since grammar school days, and to some, in higher learning which is: Nazi Germany was the making of a madman.
After reading Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, Wall Street & The Rise of Hitler, by Antony C. Sutton; and The Definitive Biography: Adolf Hitler, by John Toland, these are ten things I learned from the man, the mortal human who became a god to a people who needed salvation from their troubles that came upon their nation. The first Reich from 1871 to 1918 was an uprising monarchy, becoming influential and impressive in its technology, economic stability, and weaponry. This, of course, threatened all of Europe before The Great War.1
After the war, Things changed for Germany. The first Reich was demolished. Germany was rebuilt into a Republic. Lands Germany had annexed before the war were removed from her grasp and, all damages upon Europe fell upon her as a debt of slavery, the shame of a nation as the sole loser was coronated upon the German nation.2
To understand this crucial point on how Adolf became Hitler, The Fuhrer, my fellow pynk elephants, one must understand the impact of 1918, the end of the First Reich (monarchism), and the start of the second Reich, The German Republic.3 In the ten points of what I learned from reading these three books, I pray I can unfold the impact of 1918 and the end of the first Reich. To me, Adolf the boy was like I or anyone I know. He had emotions, moments of aspirations, fear, loved his family, his mother, a rebellious young boy who went against his father’s wishes to obtain a fundamental profession to secure his future. Adolf as a boy, was no different than any of us, for he was ordinarily a quiet douche. Yet, Adolf the man -and here lies the rub- was a strong-willed individual who believed he was destined for greatness. Hitler was cut from a different cloth, a cloth shaped by the stars of destiny or, if we keep it horizontal, by men from 120 Broadway (Wall Street), who used Hitler as a battery and plug him in later into the German Machine they were creating.
Here are the first five out ten points I learned from reading these books about Hitler:
10) Hitler was a determined & ambitious soul as a young man.
Hitler, oddly, was an insecure boy growing up, but he found his love for the arts at an early age (9). Once he had discovered the beauty of nature, colors, and aesthetics, art awoke his curious eye as a potent drug for his imagination. He decided he was to be a painter. Yet his father wanted him to be a civil servant.4According to Adolf, his decision made his father upset, leading a battle to impose one’s will upon the other. Adolf, determined to prove his father and himself, decided his calling was to be a painter. His decision was final.5
As determined and ambitious more than ever, Adolf, not graduating High school, moved to Vienna to pursue his passion after his father’s death. Once in Vienna, he took to schooling in hopes he would enter the Academia of Arts because of his gift. Unfortunately for the 20th century and history, his skills were below par. The professor who looked at his work told him he should investigate another field, which led Adolf to the study of Architecture.6 Although Adolf’s family was of low means, his father’s pension and the state provided him an allowance, but this allowance went fast with the cost of living, food, etc., leading Adolf into a moment of true uncertainty.7
9) Hitler Understood Poverty.
As Hitler discovered the beauty of Vienna in her nightlife, his love for museums, theatre, his means began to dry up. Eventually, he could not pay his rent for his flat, moving into smaller and smaller flats until he lived in the streets, leading him to find comfort in a poor house (Shelter for the homeless.).8 It was in this stage as a young man (17-20) Adolf would learn the value of money, poverty, living within one’s means, and the difference between the classes of the bourgeoisie and peasant in Vienna. By such revelation which illuminated his soul, Adolf would discover his voice.
This would later help him build upon his charisma, his persona as a demagogue -it would resonate with the masses in 1923 as Germany went through hyperinflation and 1930, the pains of the Market Crash of 1929 in the United States. In this stage of his life, Adolf would find the fruits of labor through working in a café, but eventually, leaving that job to work full-time in painting and selling his art as he discovered his passion for books.9 Adolf considered this part of his life the moment he discovered his voice.10
As he devoured books, learning subject matters which others in the poor house found boring, Adolf would lecture those who would listen to him on topics of wealth and poverty. Art, architecture, and politics. But he would veer away when the topic’s turned to trivial matters such as sports, food, women, etc.11 Adolf lectured his comrades with such passion in the poor house -many finding him fascinating, for Adolf was well informed on both sides of topics he had come across. Possessing a silver tongue, he could persuasively make others see his point of view, especially when it came to the Jews. This anti-Semite sentiment happened to be accepted since Vienna, the capital of Austria, was anti-Semite in those days.12 Many believed Adolf would be heard about, for he was one of the few who had a clear vision of the future and his purpose.13
8) Hitler’s Anti-Semite Sentiments Began After his Mother’s Death.
Hitler was mama’s boy. Although he adored his father, he loved his mother because she believed in him and whatever he would put his mind to. But it was his mother’s death that impacted him and altered his heart forever. The doctor who cared for his ailing mother was a Jew; the Hitlers during this time lacked means (father passed away a few years before). The good doctor did the best he could to keep Adolf’s mother “alive.”14 Adolf believed the “greed” of this Jewish doctor was a disease, and he became more aware of this ‘disease’ of the Jewish people when he moved to Vienna. He believed he could not succeed in art because the Jewish people have monopolized the market of art, like other markets.15 The truth was, his art really was typical of a high school student, nothing that made any art lover desire to obtain his workpieces. But, another theory, and it may be one that haunted him, his father was half-Jewish, and therefore, he possessed Jewish blood if this tale held any water.16 Adolf kept his hatred towards the Jewish sect close to his chest, but at times it would slip out. This hatred would take a backseat and resurface after The Great War (WWI).
7) The Great War (WWI)
Adolf desired more than anything for a war where he could write his name in the annals of great men. Europe from 1870-1913 was going through a transition of power as Germany was becoming the most powerful, influential, and economic powerhouse in Europe.17 The western countries of Europe did not appreciate Germanys’ rise ergo, Britain and France, yes, began to plan how to demise, topple Germany; baiting them into war. Of course, this is not a geopolitical point I am aiming to make here. My aim is to demonstrate how the great war (WWI) impacted Adolf to become Hitler as the world would one day know him.
Adolf -like most Germans at the time of the war- believed Germany was destined to dominate all European countries and become the most powerful.18 From 1914-to 1917, Germany dominated the war until the United States entered the war; Germany began to falter and fall apart. But was it really because the US joined the war? According to Hitler, he believed it was not only the United States entering the war that made the inevitable happen, but propaganda (from outside and within Germany) being conducted by the west through the medium of news outlets swaying to control public opinion. This brought the German peoples’ morale down.19
It was -to Adolf- the infiltration of powerful Jewish financiers (international bankers) which brought the end of the 1st Reich and monarchism for Germany. Those in high offices including the monarch took the bait of these financiers. They agree in unison to an armistice with the allies.20 As Adolf laid in bed in a hospital from a mustard gas attack when fighting in the front lines, he recalled how a pastor said a prayer to all the wounded soldiers as he bitterly wept to inform them all the Reich had fallen and had accepted an armistice.21 It was in this bed, Adolf (a boy of wild ambition to be a painter or a solider up to this time) became Hitler. He envisioned and embraced the idea to become the savior of Germany.22
6) The Treaty of Versailles
I amend you if you have read this far, my fellow pynk elephant. Now, I must inform you this point is a long one. For this reason, I plan to release point six coming soon. I find the Treaty of Versailles was a vital point, for I believe it defined the middle of the 20th century and the rise of Wallstreet and Hitler. If it was not for the armistice imposed by the allies upon the German nation, there would be no treaty of Versailles or Hitler. But because the Treaty of Versailles did occur, Hitler had ammunition as he discovered his purpose & voice from 1918-23. During this time, Hitler came into a small group of men who gave him a platform to speak. From this group of seven men, The Nazi party would be formed and would empower Hitler the persona, his spirited motives, and breathe into the people of Germany (those who followed him) in the infamous Bavarian uprising of 1923, better known as the Beer Hall Putsch.
Until then, Thynk Pynk!
- Quigley, Carroll. Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (New York: Macmillan Co, 1974) 211- 212, 223-225.
- Toland, John. The Definitive Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Random House Inc, 1976)82.
- Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf (New York, Houghton Mifflin Co, 1971), 204.
- Ibid, 8.
- Ibid, 9.
- Ibid, 20.
- Toland, John. The Definitive Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Random House Inc, 1976) 40-42, 55,56,57.
- Ibid, 39-41.
- Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf (New York, Houghton Mifflin Co, 1971) 22,23, 26, 34-35.
- Toland, John. The Definitive Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Random House Inc, 1976) 63.
- Ibid, 45.
- Ibid, 50.
- Ibid, 25-27.
- Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf (New York, Houghton Mifflin Co, 1971) 26, 51, 55.
- Toland, John. The Definitive Biography of Adolf Hitler (New York: Random House Inc, 1976) 4.
- Quigley, Carroll. Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time (New York: Macmillan Co, 1974) 211,212, 223-225.
- Hitler, Adolf. Mein Kampf (New York, Houghton Mifflin Co, 1971) 102, 103, 133, 141, 143-45, 153.
- Ibid, 177-86.
- Ibid, 193.
- Ibid, 203-04.
- Ibid, 204-06.