He proved to be an able and brave soldier as a dispatch runner, winning the Iron Cross on two occasions (First and Second Class).
He was also wounded twice, and four weeks before the war ended he suffered a gas attack that temporarily blinded and hospitalized him.
(My Struggle), a book outlining his theories on race, Germany, and Jews. Only then, in prison, did Hitler come to believe he was destined to be a leader.
The man who thought he was paving the way for a German leader of genius now thought he was the genius who could take and use power.
He rose from being a talentless painter to the dictator of Germany and, for a few months, emperor of much of Europe.
His empire was crushed by an array of the world's strongest nations; he killed himself before he could be tried and brought to justice.Hitler was well-placed to be influenced by the demagogy of Karl Lueger, Vienna’s deeply anti-Semitic mayor and a man who used hate to help create a party of mass support.Hitler had previously been influenced by Schonerer, an Austrian politician against liberals, socialists, Catholics, and Jews.After the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler resolved to seek power through subverting the Weimar government system, and he carefully rebuilt the NSDAP, or Nazi, party, allying with future key figures like Goering and propaganda mastermind Goebbels.Over time, he expanded the party’s support, partly by exploiting the fears of socialists and partly by appealing to everyone who felt their economic livelihood threatened by the depression of the 1930s.Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) was the leader of Germany during the Third Reich (1933–1945).He was the primary instigator of both the Second World War in Europe and the mass execution of millions of people deemed to be "enemies," or inferior to the Aryan ideal.Hitler moved to Munich in 1913 and avoided Austrian military service in early 1914 by virtue of being unfit for service.However, when the First World War broke out in 1914, he joined the 16th Bavarian Infantry Regiment, serving throughout the war, mostly as a corporal after refusing promotion.Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria, on April 20, 1889 to Alois Hitler (who, as an illegitimate child, had previously used his mother’s name of Schickelgruber) and Klara Poelzl.A moody child, he grew hostile towards his father, especially once the latter had retired and the family had moved to the outskirts of Linz.