Modern World History 8.7 Hitler

Most disgruntled artists sort of give up quietly and fade into obscurity. Hitler? Not so much.

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he tried to support himself by selling his art well things just didn't work out

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before you could say wiener schnitzel it was 1914 although Hitler was an [Hitler selling paintings]

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Austrian he managed to finagle his way into the German army he spent the next

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four years learning military history and theory which would later prove [Hitler appears from a stack of books]

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unfortunate for pretty much everyone in Europe when Germany was defeated in 1918

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Hitler was peeved and the Treaty of Versailles just made him peeved-er...

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He blamed all sorts of people for the

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ruination of a country that he wasn't actually a citizen of and what did he do

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with all that rage he went into politics naturally...well Hitler's first attempt at

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seizing complete political power came in November 1923 during the Beer

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Hall Putsch he and about 2,000 other men got into a confrontation with the police [Police line do not cross tape appears]

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in Munich the end result was a stint in prison for Hitler where he pinned Mein

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Kampf over the next several years the Nazi Party became more and more popular

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in Germany proving that there is no accounting for taste in 1930 the Nazis

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held the majority in the Reichstag they couldn't hold on to that majority [Nazi flags strewn over the Reichstag]

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however which made Hitler realize that democracy sucked and he needed to get

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rid of it in January of 1933 Hitler was appointed

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Chancellor which put him in charge of running the Reichstag, it was a boring

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and not particularly powerful position so Hitler decided to change things up a

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little well after the Reichstag building burned down in February 1933 Germany's [Reichstag building burning]

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Parliament enabled Hitler to put forward any law he wanted without first getting

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the Reichstag's okay.. Hitler spent the next year accumulating power and waiting [Hitler accumulating powers]

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for president Paul von Hindenburg to kick the bucket which the old man did in

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August of 1934 well Hitler promptly combined the offices of chancellor and

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president and made himself Fuehrer of Germany. [Hitler saluting]

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it would only be a matter of time before he found an opportunity to unleash

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Germany's newfound military might on Europe leaves us wondering what would

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the world be like if Hitler had made his living as an artist....call us [Hitler selling paintings at a market]

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optimists but we're guessing it would have been better [Kid blowing bubbles]