UPDATED with new video.
Adolph Hitler’s rise to power began in earnest in 1929. Events in America that year set the stage for him to succeed. If not for the Great Depression, which had the same impact on Europe as it did America, Hitler could have never rallied enough common people behind him to become ruler of Germany (Thank You, Wall Street!). And if you take a close look at those events and how Adolph Hitler used them to obtain absolute power, you will get a very ire feeling.
Germany was a democratic country with duly elected government officials. Every legal resident who was of age had the right to vote. Hitler used that democratic process to gain a narrow majority, and then forcibly obtained absolute power, turning Germany into a state of fascism.
The term “Nazi” isn’t exactly an acronym but stood for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or, in English, “National Socialist German Workers’ Party”. Ironically, in later years, Hitler destroyed the workers and their unions. One citizen said “I can’t explain the state that unemployment plunged us into. We really thought that Hitler alone could get us out of that misery.”
Further below you will find two documented videos of Hitler’s rise to power, each running 45 minutes. While the first few minutes of Part 1 has some vital information about Hitler’s early life, it’s not until about the 30 minute mark that things start to get really interesting. It continues on through the entire 45 minutes of Part 2. But before you view the videos, consider the following:
- Hitler convinced the populace that he had their best interest at heart and was their only way out.
- Hitler’s henchmen clashed, sometimes violently, with the people he claimed to represent. Others carried out violent acts that they thought Hitler would approve of.
- Hitler provoked disorder, and then claimed he was the only one capable of stopping it. This was a very effective strategy which rallied small business owners and homeowners around him. As a result Hitler became the leader of the second largest political party (after the social democrats) in the 1932 elections. Within one year, Hitler dominated the extreme right in Germany, forming the myth that he was the “supreme savior”.
- After loosing the majority election in 1932, Hitler said the opposition criticized him for not cooperating. There were those who were passionate about defending Hitler. He continued to promise to end unemployment, respect the laws of the land, respect peoples’ rights, etc.
- In 1933, Hitler provoked violence with the social democrats and made it appear they were the instigators’.
- Hitler burned the Reichstag, Germany’s symbol of democracy, and then falsely accused a 24 year-old man who was hastily tried and beheaded. This episode further solidified Germans into thinking Hitler was truly a democratic savior.
- Prior to the 1933 elections, Hitler started attacking workers unions and government workers. He convinced much of the population that these workers were a threat to the future of Germany. His party won the election by a very small majority that year. About his win, it was later said, “To the sound of cheering, democracy died in Germany.”
- With the majority power in the government, Hitler invalidates the wins by social democrats that year and had all of them arrested. Many were executed. He then outlawed their party.
- Hitler had his own news organizations who advocated his personal views which, through lies and propaganda, convinced most of the population Hitler was the only truth-teller.
- Anti-Semitism became common place, turning citizen against citizen. In Hitler’s world, only pure white people were worthy of life.
- Propaganda (lies) played a major roll in Hitler’s successful rise to absolute power.
As you watch the videos, remember these aforementioned facts. As you do, you will begin to see an astonishing similarity to what’s happening here in America today. For example, Hitler had his Jews to hate and blame for Germany’s troubles; America has its blacks followed closely by Latinos, with other minorities, the working poor, and the elderly thrown in as the cause of all our problems.
Because it is so very important, it needs to be said again: Hitler use democracy to gain absolute power. He was patient, knowing he could not achieve his objective over night. So he simply used the peoples’ gullibility, ignorance and free society against them.
UPDATE: Obviously, the two videos farther below have been turned off by National Geographic. Although it doesn’t cover exactly what NATGEO’s videos do, it does provide an inside look at the rise of Adolph Hitler.
Evil Rising: Hitler’s Path to Power
Hitler’s Rise to Power: Part 1 of 2
Hitler’s Rise to Power: Part 2 of 2