Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
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Historic Unedited Photos They Don't Want You To See
Hitler's attempts systematically exterminate those he saw as inferior cement him as one of the most evil men who has ever walked the Earth.
In terms of the most infamous people of all-time, Adolf Hitler is one of the first people that tends to come to mind. Hitler’s views on the world made him a very dangerous man to millions around the globe, and he was able to rise to power with these views. The dictator was responsible for more deaths than just about anyone to ever live as he was the orchestrator behind the Holocaust that claimed the lives of more than five million Jewish people alone and many more. Thankfully, Germany hasn’t had a similar leader ever since then, and Hitler is now far removed from the country’s current system.
Before his rise to political power and atrocious acts, Hitler was born in what is now Austria on April 20, 1889 into a large family. He was split time in his childhood in both Austria and Germany and had a contentious relationship with his father while growing up. Many pointed at this as a reason why Hitler developed the type of views he did, but many that grew up in his region were also nationalists that saw Germany as the home to what he considered to be the superior race. Hitler even came out and said that “We do not want any other god than Germany itself. It is essential to have fanatical faith and hope and love in and for Germany.”
As a young man, Hitler famously wanted to be a painter, but was denied entry into the Vienna Academy of the Arts. He was left without much money around this time, which only made his radical ideas come to the forefront even more. The effects of World War I had left Germany’s economy in deep ruin, allowing Hitler a platform to present his ideas to the German people. He ended up in Germany after leaving Austria to avoid serving in the country’s military but did serve with Germany where he continued to pursue an artistic career.
In the years that followed World War I, Hitler’s influence started to become felt as he started to get into politics. He began with giving impassioned speeches about Germany’s future, but didn’t have many followers at first. As the Nazi party continued to grow, though, so did the amount of people that supported Hitler. In 1921, he joined the party officially after having been with the German Worker’s party, becoming the leader in that same year.
Following more than a decade of trying to obtain more power in Germany, Hitler was named as the country’s Chancellor at the beginning of 1933. The next year, he officially became known as the Fuhrer, and presented Germany with the opportunity for expansion. That would unfortunately be at the hand of many innocent people, however, as unrest in Europe grew with Germany’s quick rise.
This, of course, resulted in World War II starting in late the late 1930s when Germany invaded Poland. The fighting would continue on a global basis for six years, with Hitler’s Nazi Germany allying with Japan and Italy to form the Axis. There were times where it seemed that Hitler and his followers would come to dominate Europe, but the Allied forces didn’t retreat. Instead, they grew in numbers over the years and fought back against Germany.
After making his terror known around the world for years through the deadliest war in human history, the end was finally coming close for Hitler in 1945. When the Allies were closing in on Berlin, Hitler tried to increase morale within his military, but it was to no avail as they were simply outnumbered. As Berlin was surrounded, Hitler retreated to his bunker with Eva Braun, who he then married at the end of April while still inside that bunker.
On the final day of the month, it was over for Hitler as the Soviets were only minutes away from being able to march toward his location. Not wanting to be captured by the Allies, Hitler and Braun took their own lives with Hitler picking up a gun while Braun took a cyanide pill, ending his reign at 56 years old. As a result of Hitler no longer being in power, Germany quickly surrendered to the Allies, marking the beginning of the end of World War II. Hitler’s remains were not buried, as his body had been burned badly and the Soviets didn’t offer up a funeral service. Instead, many around the world celebrated his death, claiming it as a huge victory for millions across the globe.
It wasn’t only the war that Hitler perpetrated as being the reason for celebration, but it was also the end of the Holocaust that came as a relief to many. Hitler had convinced his soldiers that there were certain people that needed to be exterminated, which included Jewish and Slavic people. Hitler wanted to expand his empire into the region of Eastern Europe where these two ethno types were very common, resulting in millions having lost their lives. Hitler even used the word “eliminating” when referring to these people, and it’s estimated that nearly 20 million people died as a result of Hitler’s actions.
Many were left in the dark during World War II of just how bad things were because of Hitler’s dictatorship, and over the years more have come to know just how bad things are. Primo Levi, a survivor of the Holocaust, said that “Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite.”