Hitler: Speech of 1941

My historical review will be on Adolph Hitler's speech from October 6, 1939 in which he addressed the Reichstag, the German capital building. This speech is in response to the German invasion of Poland and thus the initial start of World War two. Many in the world at this time saw the issues that Hitler and the country of Germany proposed, and as many had feared, Germany began to take action.
The exigencies which lead up to this speech are many. Hitler was born on April 20TH 1889 and grew up as a child in Braunau am Inn [HYPERLINK: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braunau_am_Inn], . His childhood had a large effect on his psyche and his beliefs. When he was a child, he was beat by his ...

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combat in the trenches, Hitler was hit by the shrapnel of an exploding artillery shell. This incident helped him realize that "fate had chosen him to rescue a humiliated nation" (Fest 5). He became interested in anti-Semitic teachings and soon came to believe strongly that it was the Jews who were the cause of Germany's woes. During the time period in between the cease fire in November 1918 and the signing Treaty of Versailles the country of Germany was in ruin. Communists, Socialists and even innocent bystanders were rounded up and murdered in January 1919, in Berlin, and in May in Munich. The armistice that ended World War I put Germany into a massive debt. The government was forced to pay billions of dollars in reparations for the damages caused by the war. The German parliament's solution to this issue was to print off extremely large amounts of money, which caused inflation to skyrocket. Hitler was still in the German military at the time, and in the summer of 1919, he was ...

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and he spoke out forcefully against the man for the next fifteen minutes uninterrupted, to the astonishment of everyone. One of the founders of the German Workers' Party, Anton Drexler, reportedly whispered: "He's got the gift of the gab. We could use him." (Evans,67) After attending the meeting, he was hooked into politics. He liked what the party stood for, to build a strong nationalist, pro-military, anti-Semitic party made up of working class people.(Hitler 13) In Mein Kampf, Hitler outlines the overall political structure in which he feels the Nazis should fall under, "aside from a few directives, there was nothing, no program, no leaflet, no printed matter at all, no membership ...

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