Intentionalism and Adolf Hitler’s Rise to Power

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The political and economic climate in Germany, prior to the Nazi regime, is what fueled the common man in his support of Hitler. The common man?s struggle in Germany at the time was to improve their living conditions and have someone to blame for their misfortune. Hitler, emerging out of the rubble Germany was left in after World War I, appealed to the Volk through his ideals and grand vision for Germany and its people. To ensure full dominance over the country, Hitler used methods of terror to rise to power and strengthen the grasp of his ideals over the common man. It is through this terror and strict caste system that Hitler managed to mold the German people with no prior record of violence, into blood-thirsty Nazis with complete respect of the ?Fatherland? and their Fuhrer. Throughout the war, the actions of the Nazi party and the German people as a whole displayed their loyalty to Hitler and overall support for his ideals of intentialism and mass genocide of the Jews.

Following World War I, Germany was left in complete ruins after their failed war effort and the terms of the Treaty of Versailles of 1919. According to the Treaty, which was negotiated without Germany?s influence, ?Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage to which the Allied and Associated Governments and their nationals have been subjected as a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her allies?(1) and therefore held accountable and had to pay $32 Billion over the course of the next 40 years. Because of Germany?s crippled economy, they had no means of paying such high reparations and hyperinflation soon set in because of the amount of Germany currency that was being...