?After suffering economically, and physically weak from being defeated in World War I, Germany was looking for a glimmer of hope. They were looking for an individual to take the lead, and bring their country out of the dark hole of desperation that they were stuck in. An individual by the name of Adolf Hitler, clawed his way to the top, and blinded the people of Germany with his brilliant speeches, along with his can-do attitude. Hitler’s Rise to Power (1919-1933) cannot be contributed to one specific event, but a multitude of act’s and circumstances that led to his leadership. ?As a young man, Adolf Hitler was often described as being “violent and high strung,” which could be linked back to his undealt-with grief, due to the premature death of his younger brother, and father. To escape reality, Hitler channeled his anguish into his passion, which was art. In 1908, at the age of 19, he decided to move to Vienna to pursue his dreams, and took a two-day entrance exam to the prestigious Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. To his surprise, his drawings were judged as unsatisfactory, and he was not accepted into the academy. This was devastating to him, and he spent the next few years of his life trying to overcome obstacles that landed him homeless and alone on the streets of Vienna. During this time, he witnessed a large protest march by workers on the streets of Vienna. This peaked his interest in the Social Democrats, and he began to obsessively study their politics. He was particularly fond of the way the Social Democrats used propaganda and fear as political weapons (ushmm.org).?During the summer of 1919, Adolf Hitler was a Corporal in the German Army, and was used as an informant. He was stationed in Munich, where he was ordered to investigate a smallgroup, known as the German Workers Party. After a man spoke out in support of the German state of Bavaria breaking away from Germany and forming a new South German nation with Austria, an enraged Hitler forcefully spoke out against the man for an uninterrupted fifteen minutes. This got the attention of the German Workers Party, realizing Hitler’s surprising “gift of gab”. Shortly after, Hitler was invited to be a member, and after an internal conflict with himself, Hitler accepted the position, and took his first step into his career in politics(historyplace.com).?The German Workers Party was one of a number of the right-wing nationalist parties in Munich. By the summer of 1921, Adolf had assumed total control over the party, in which he renamed the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), or Nazi for short, and on July 29, 1921, Hitler was publicly introduced as “Fuhrer”, or leader, of the Nazi Party for the first time. In 1921, as an attempt to protect his political meetings from attacks from rivals, Hitler created a group within the NSDAP. This group would soon be known as “Sturm Abteilung” or Stormtroopers in English. Abbreviated to SA, or also known as the “Brownshirts”, the SA added an element of force and terror to the growing Nazi movement. ?After a failed Beer Hall Putsch, the Nazi’s first attempt at seizing the German government by force, in 1923, Hitler was put on trial for high treason. He was arrested and sentenced to five years in Landsberg Prison. During this time, he focused his energy on organizing the infamous autobiography, Mein Kampf, which translates to “My Struggle” in English. In the manifesto, Hitler includes his political ideology and future plans for Germany within two volumes and fifteen chapters. After only nine months in prison, Hitler was released due to political pressure from supporters of the Nazi Party. ?Upon his release from prison, and re-evaluating his actions, Hitler decided it was time to play by the rules. He decided it was time to rebuild and reorganize the Nazi Party, while he was awaiting the perfect time to gain political power in Germany. In 1925 the Nazi Party began a mass movement. According to Western Civilization: A Brief History, Hitler worked assiduously to reorganize the Nazi Party on a regional basis and expand it to all parts of Germany, with members growing in size from “27,000 in 1925 to 178,000 by the end of 1929” (p. 567). ?Hitler was a very gifted and prolific public speaker. He had the ability to speak so passionately about his issues, that people were falling under his spell. Because the people of Germany were still angry about the Treaty of Versailles, they chose to support Hitler because he promised to overturn it. This is one of the many examples that Hitler used his legendry speaking capabilities to his advantage. According to Dr. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s “ability to reach the masses is unique and remarkable, fitting no organizational scheme or dogma. It would be ridiculous to think he attended some sort of speaker school; he is a rhetorical genius who developed his own abilities with no help from anyone else.” Even going on to state, “He has the ability to express things so clearly, logically and directly that listeners are convinced that that is what they have always thought themselves. That is the true secret of the effectiveness of Adolf Hitler’s speeches” (Goebbels). It is said that he had his speech delivery down to an art form. “Hitler began each speech in low, hesitating tones, gradually raising the pitch and volume of his voice then exploding in a climax of frenzied indignation. He combined this with carefully rehearsed hand gestures for maximum effect. He skillfully played on the emotions of the audience bringing the level of excitement higher and higher until the people wound up a wide-eyed, screaming, frenzied mass that surrendered to his will and looked upon him with pseudo-religious adoration” (thehistoryplace.com).?With the world on the brink of the Great Depression, and the Weimar Republic failing, Hitler had Germany at his fingertips. The worldwide economic depression officially began with the Wall Street Crash in 1929, and this threw the Weimar Republic into a frenzy. Hitler began to exploit the weaknesses in the Weimar system by marginalizing the government through political tricks and brute force. His deceitful behaviors were working to his benefit. “Reichstag elections held in September 1930 made the Nazis the second-largest party, their support growing as the Depression deepened. In the elections of July 1932, the Nazis became the largest party in the Reichstag” (johndclare.net). Gone were the days that Hitler was portrayed as the laughable fanatic image he received after the Beer Hall Putsch.?After losing a considerable portion of his right wing/ conservative support to the Nazi party in 1933, the President of Germany, Paul von Hindenburg, and Chancellor Franz von Papen, came up with a plan to get the Nazi’s on their side, and offered to make Hitler Vice Chancellor. Hitler was appalled by this offer, and refused with the reasoning that he would settle for nothing less than Chancellor. After several failed attempts to get the president to agree with his terms, Hitler began to feel like his dream of being Chancellor was never going to happen. ?After several close elections, and the Nazi’s popularity on the rise, Paul von Hindenburg and Franz von Papen eventually came up with a plan to allow Hitler to become Chancellor of Germany. The two men believed that once Hitler came to office, they would have the ability to control him, and keep Hitler under their thumbs. Hitler proved them wrong, and took charge immediately. There was very little the two men, or anyone else for that matter, could do to stop him. ?An emotional Adolf Hitler was officially appointed Chancellor of Germany on January 30, 1933 by the President of the Weimar Republic, Paul Von Hindenburg. He immediately set about to make himself the absolute ruler of Germany using Article 48. Article 48 in the Weimar Constitution states, “If public security and order are seriously disturbed or endangered within the German Reich, the President of the Reich may take measures necessary for their restoration, intervening if need be with the assistance of the armed forces” (ushmm.org). Hitler took this article literally, and used it to his benefit, once again. ?One would think that after being pronounced as Chancellor of Germany, Hitler’s deceitful behaviors would come to a halt. This however, was only the beginning of an era of deceit, bloodshed, and some of the most horrendous acts of torture that the world has seen to date. As one can see, Hitler’s Rise to Power (1919-1933), was not contributed to one specific event, but a multitude of act’s and circumstances that led to his leadership. He has become known as one of the most powerful and infamous dictators of the twentieth century.