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Keep in mind, by no means am I an advocate, fan or supporter of Adolf Hitler or his elimination ideals, however that has never prohibited me from my interest in who and why he advanced to the position of dictator.
Hitler was a puny, less than handsome momma’s boy who feared Jewish blood ran through his veins. He was a high school drop-out, an ineffectual soldier lacking leadership skills and had the reputation of being a coward and Army deserter. He authored Mein Kampf, and of course was the Leader of the Third Reich allegedly masterminding the annihilation of six million Jews.
But what I didn’t know was Hitler was a gifted artist rejected from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna because he couldn’t draw people. Virtually homeless and starving on the streets of Vienna, Hitler produced hundreds of paintings, renderings and postcards. He was considered an unsuccessful artist and consequently joined the army birthing his rise to Führer of Nazi Germany.
Numerous Hitler paintings were recovered after World War II and auctioned off for tens of thousands of dollars. The U.S. Army seized much of his art which is still being held by the U.S. government.
On August 2, 1934 President Hindenburg died of old age. A plebiscite (the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution) was held on August 19 overwhelmingly endorsing Hitler as Hindenburg’s successor. Hitler did not care for the title of President, a left over from the German republic which came into being in 1918. Nor did Hitler care for the title of Chancellor. He preferred Führer (Leader), and that is what he would be called. His cabinet passed a law declaring the presidency dormant. Hitler no longer had someone above him to worry about. He was now the supreme authority.
Hitler “If anyone reproaches me and asks why I did not resort to the regular courts of justice, then all I can say is this: in this hour I was responsible for the fate of the German people, and thereby I became the supreme judge of the German people. Everyone must know for all future time that if he raises his hand to strike the state then certain death is his lot.”
Such a waste of talent.