?Adolf Hitler got politically exposed when he worked in German worker’s party which would later become the Nazi Party. He was actively involved in the issues of the party after World War I. His dramatic rise in the ranks of the party could be attributed to his prowess in speech and command of the crowd whenever he gave public addresses (Bear n.p). He was later appointed the head of Nazi Party in 1919 following successful meetings with the party’s leadership. His move towards obtaining real power in Germany came in 1928 when he got disillusioned by the party’s poor display in the general election.
In that May 1928 election, Nazi Party had attained only 26 seats translating to 2.6% of the total votes (Bear n.p). He sought to make clear his goals for Germany and would give lectures and public addresses highlighting his dream for Germany. From the beginning, he attracted a considerable following that increased even further after his election as the leader of Germany.
The paper will, therefore, take a critical look at how his early empowerment got everyone to follow him as he led Germany.?Hitler used several tactics to get people to follow him as a leader. From his early life, he learned oratory skills which he perfected very well. He wrote the first book about political philosophy when he was jailed for two years after getting involved in what was termed as a ‘rebellion.
‘ His book Mein Kampf influenced millions of people who read it on ideas of master race, and many copies were sold. The book advocated for a socialist Germany and the supporters of his ideas regarded it as the Nazi bible (Martin 78-82). He was recognized and accepted by the Nazi Party which enthroned him as it de facto leader and allowed him to run for the presidency in 1932 (Martin 83). However, he lost close the election, but in one way, his popularity amongst the people increased leading to his appointment as the chancellor in 1933.
After the death of President Hindenburg in 1934, Hitler took over the reins of power and having no majority in both houses, he chose to thwart all efforts by the opposition to check his work and made his word the law. He ruled Germany in a dictatorial manner leading to some of the worst happenings in human history including the Holocaust where over six million Jews got murdered (Marrus 109-110). In Dr. Joseph Goebbels’ eyes, Hitler gained prominence as the leader of the Nazi party and Germany from “The Murder of Unproductive Persons” (Lang and MaryBeth 98). Goebbels (who was the Minister of Propaganda) regarded him as the worst dictator who found a lot of satisfaction in the murder of innocent civilians. In fact, Hitler used mass killings and detention as a threat mechanism to make people fear him and be subjective to his word.?Hitler achieved his goals through the delivery of robust speeches that contained a lot of propaganda and threats.
He was an aggressive and sharp man who incited millions of people through his speeches and public addresses. In essence, Hitler brainwashed Germans to consider Jews as outsiders who did not deserve to live in Germany and therefore deserved death. He used his influence in the Nazi Party to create more income in Germany through German industrialists who invested in the Nazi Party with hopes getting favored by his regime (Martin 104-109).
How his empowerment led to people following him and his orders from the very beginning of his leadership.?Hitler’s upbringing in Austria by an authoritarian father had something to do with the person he later came to be a leader of Germany. Life in Austria was harsh for him given the constant beatings from his father who never condoned any mischief. He grew up as a naughty boy who dodged school and sometimes failed to gain admission to school as posited by Pappas (par. 7-9).
However, a significant shift in ideologies and character came when he joined the German military where he got trained in harsh conditions. Later on, when he took over power, Hitler would demonstrate the monster he had become by prompting the Holocaust in addition to the role he played in World War II. As a leader, Hitler tried to fight resistance just from the start of his administration and brought public work projects in most Germany towns. These projects were aimed at eliminating unemployment, a fact that made him very popular among the middle-class folks. He also initiated programs to benefit German farmers and college students which made them follow him from the beginning of his leadership. His presidency even came at a time when Germans were desperate, and through his excellent oratory skills, he gained their trust and people hoped that life would be better under him (Bear n.p; Martin 123-130).
He also promised them that he would help them get out of depression and suffering that they were going through at the time he took over.?The other way in which Hitler used his empowerment to command a following from his early leadership is his persuading of the Germans that he would solve all their problems that had remained unresolved for long. He, for instance, singled out the concerns arising from World War I, an argument that furthersupplemented his popularity. Pappas (par. 10-13) alludes to the fact that the people of German were facing difficult times immediately after the First World War specifically from the realization that Germany had lost the war and many people had been killed. In his address to the people, Hitler promised that German will win the war and that the sacrifice of a few people who died in the war was necessary because the country was on its way to victory.
?Hitler also employed deep propaganda to command the following right from the very beginning of his leadership. He used his power as the president to appoint a minister for propaganda whose primary role was to oversee a smooth flow of propaganda. His Minister of Propaganda Dr. Joseph Goebbels is described as being very brutal and would inspire and indoctrinate the subjects into heeding Hitler’s philosophies and agenda (Martin 178-83). Hitler also had friends from military who had assisted him to conquer Germany and helped him control the people of Germany. Occasionally, he would use these pals to spread propaganda, therefore, creating fear and contagion amongst the people forcing them to submit to his authority.?According to Adena et al. (1885-89), the other tactic Hitler used to persuade the people was the use of Nazi radio to spread propaganda to incite anti-Semitic acts as well as the indictment of Jews to authorities by the citizens.
The Nazi radio ran adverts sponsored by the Nazi Party to castigate the Jews as unwanted race in German. The anti-Semitic Germans got excited by such adverts and considered Hitler as their savior. The effect of the use of radio was evident when comparing the democratic period of Weimar and the autocratic rule of Hitler. During Weimar’s rein, the introduction of pro-government news on radio diminished the popularity of Nazi Party.
However, the gains were later reversed with the establishment of the Nazi rule under Hitler. It was during Hitler’s reign that anti-Semitism became quite high escalating to the Holocaust. In addition, the Nazi Party used the radio to enroll new party members to the party thereby gaining more popularity in the long run. ?Hitler was a cogent person who enlightened millions of people by buying books for them.
His love for books would see him insist and bring millions of people to his camp by extending to them what he considered as kind gestures. His book Mein Kampf increased his popularity among the people who could later follow him as their cult leader without sensing his callousness (Hitler n.p). Despite his dictatorial rule, he can also be remembered for fighting for the enlightenment of Germans as a way of fighting the other Western countries’ intention to govern and colonize Germany. ?Apart from commanding a following in his country, Hitler’s persuasive skills had a positive effect on the world.
His inspirational skills propelled him from high school dropout to the most brutal and feared man in the world (Martin 201-205). Historians regard Hitler as the man responsible for starting World War II that changed Europe forever and will never be forgotten. He also gave hard times to world leaders who had the intentions of dictating Germany on foreign policies to adopt. No matter how morally wrong or wicked he was, Hitler would use his excellent speaking skills to persuade people whenever he got a chance to do so. By doing so, he gained the support of German popular opinion and had witnessed to it. He also used his eloquence to deceive and destroy millions of lives.
The killing of over six million Jews by Hitler and his battalions either directly or through incitement is still remembered up to today. People remember him as a ruthless killer. Hitler was a man who drove millions of people to their deaths to defend his bad moves (Martin 56-58; Bear n.p).
Once in power, he used fear to keep people under control. It was not like there were no attempts of a coup or mutiny to overthrow the ruthless leader but the fear of getting caught by the secret police was distressful enough for anyone who thought of attempting. The punishments meted to people caught thinking of or attempting a coup scared the hell out of many people forcing them into submission.Conclusion?Adolf Hitler made use of his empowerment as a tool of enslaving the masses to follow him from his very early stage. After taking over from his predecessor, he was very determined to ensure that his word became law and that he suppressed opposition using all means possible. In the discussion above, Hitler would apply several techniques to ensure that his popularity among the people remained intact and also that he made the people submissive to his authority as their leader. Due to his hardline stance and the lack of consultation, Adolf steered the world into a Second World War that led to the deaths of many people.
However, his excellent oratory skills aided his spread of propaganda to the people leading to their gullibility. German’s defeat in the war and his impending capture in 1945 by the Red Army and Western Allies, however, led to his committing suicide bringing to an end to his dictatorial rule that lasted for 11 years (Payne 518-521). He is still remembered for the murder of many people in his quest to consolidate his rule and remain in power forever.