Adolf Hitler: A Tiny Bit Troubled

HISTORY

Nathan Chandler

4 Min Quiz

Hitler became the Fuhrer (leader) of Germany. Where was he born?

Adolf was born in 1889 and raised in Austria. He was one of six children born to a couple named Alois and Klara.

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As a young student, what did Hitler want to do with his life?

Hitler wanted to be an artist, a fact that made his father roll his eyes. To stamp out his son's impractical dreams, Alois sent Hitler away to another school.

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Hitler dropped out of secondary school and essentially did what?

He painted on his own time, drifted around and wound up homeless at times. He was living life on his terms … kind of like a hippie.

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As he was drifting around in his youth, Hitler was exposed to massive amounts of racism and anti-immigrant sentiments in which city?

The young man wandered around Vienna, meeting many of the locals and absorbing a wave of hatred towards Jews and immigrants. The concepts took root in Hitler's mind, and he became more politically active.

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What did Hitler do after the outbreak of World War I?

At the time, he was in Munich and then decided to enlist in the Bavarian army, even though he was Austrian. He was allowed to join, probably because of a mistake by German authorities.

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During the war, Hitler was involved in actual combat.

He spent a good chunk of his time out of combat zones but was eventually sent to the front, where he was wounded. He received medals for his bravery and conduct in battle.

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After the war, Hitler remained in the army. What did he do?

He was directed to spy on local political activists in the German Workers' Party (and to influence their ideas and behavior). But instead, the opposite happened. Hitler was drawn to their anti-Jewish, pro-German rhetoric and became involved with the group.

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In 1923, Hitler and his band of political extremists stormed into a beer hall during a public gathering and proclaimed what?

Hitler gathered up a group of anti-government men and declared that a revolution had begun. They managed to temporarily capture a couple of local facilities but the "uprising" was immediately put down and Hitler was jailed.

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After the failed coup, Hilter was imprisoned. During his sentence he wrote a book titled "Mein Kampf," which means what?

Feeling like a political exile, he wrote "Mein Kampf," which means "My Struggle." The book lays a foundation for his anti-Semitism and ideas for German expansionism. Also, you know, genocide.

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Hitler was an advocate for "Lebensraum," which means what?

Germans, he thought, had lost too much territory over the centuries and needed "Lebensraum," or living space. The only way to get it? Take it from your neighbors.

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What does the German word "Untermensch" mean?

Hitler's policies were designed to ostracize anyone that didn't fit his idea of a solid German citizen. They were Untermensch, or subhuman, which included anyone with disabilities, different skin color, and so on. Anyone could ultimately be labeled as Untermensch.

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After his release from prison (less than a year later), what was Hitler's influence like?

Germany's economic situation was improving, a fact that made it harder for Hitler's extreme views to gain momentum. For a few years, he lurked in the political shadows.

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What event helped propel the little-known Hitler and his extreme political views back onto the national stage?

At the end of the 1920s, the Great Depression began its slow, inexorable march around the world. The crushing poverty affected everyone, opening the door to more insensible political ideas that sought scapegoats for suffering.

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Hitler designed the infamous Nazi banner, complete with a swastika symbol on a white circle and scarlet background.

It's true, not only did Hitler take up the party's banner figuratively, he even designed the banner itself. This bit of graphic design would ultimately become one of the most nightmarish symbols in human history.

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Hitler slowly but surely gained traction in German politics and in 1932 he ran for president. What happened?

It took him years to obtain German citizenship, but once he did, Adolf ran for president and then lost to Paul von Hindenburg. But Hitler's excellent performance in the election endeared him to much of the population.

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How did President Paul von Hindenburg treat Hitler after beating him in the election?

In hindsight, it's one of the most forehead-slapping moments in political history. Hindenburg made Hitler a chancellor in the government. Adolf used his political wiles and legislative maneuvering to give himself more and more power.

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What event propelled Hitler to the top of the German government?

Hindenburg blew it again, although not intentionally. He died in 1934. Thanks to the laws that Hitler had craftily passed, government power moved directly into Adolf's hands … and he intended to use it.

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How did Hitler mask his dictator-like intent?

Who needs guns when you can simply manipulate lawmakers? Hitler used the legislative process to add legitimacy to his actions. By the time people got wise to his antics, it was too late. He was the most powerful man in Germany.

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Hitler spent the next few years gearing up Germany for war, firing generals who didn't want battle. Eventually, he gave the order to invade which country?

On September 1, 1939, the Nazi army invaded Poland. It was the beginning of World War II.

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How did Soviet leader Joseph Stalin respond to Hitler's aggression on Poland?

Hitler manipulated Stalin into doing nothing. Stalin, of course, didn't realize that Hitler eventually planned to attack and capture the U.S.S.R., too.

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Hitler didn't drink in public but was a drug addict.

He didn’t consume alcohol in public. He wanted a shiny, spotless image. But during the war, he consumed copious amounts of drugs, from barbituates to cocaine to amphetamines. Perhaps the drugs helped quell what little empathy he had.

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Hitler's aggressive strategy eventually captured which European city?

The Nazis struck hard and fast and eventually captured Paris, an iconic European city. This victory further cemented Hitler's power in Germany and gave him more rein to do whatever he wanted.

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Hitler ignited genocide across Europe. He's responsible for killing at least how many people?

Hitler's policies systematically murdered at least 5.5 million people, from Jews to the disabled, to whoever looked the wrong way at Nazi soldiers.

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Hitler helped slaughter millions of people but was a vegetarian.

Hitler was cool with killing human beings but reportedly struggled with the idea of slaughtering animals. He had a long period of vegetarianism.

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In June of 1941, Hitler decided to open the Eastern Front by attacking the U.S.S.R. He expected the Soviets to give up in about how long?

Hitler was so delusional that he thought Russia -- a country with a comparatively huge population -- would give up the fight in just a few weeks. The Soviets instead put up a valiant fight and ground the Nazi advance to a halt.

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With soldiers and civilians combined, about how many people perished in the European theaters of World War II?

At least 29 million soldiers and civilians died in Europe alone. The deaths traumatized generations and skewed population demographics in ways that are still apparent today.

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Hitler was most likely a secret homosexual.

Hitler was almost certainly heterosexual and his personality was clearly engaging to some women, at least two of whom killed themselves with regard to his charisma.

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On April 29, 1945, Hitler was hiding in his bunker in Berlin as Allied soldiers closed in on him and his men. What did he do that day?

He married his girlfriend Eva Braun. The honeymoon, however, was rather brief.

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How did Hitler die?

Cornered in Berlin and surrounded by countless Allied soldiers, Hitler knew his deranged dream of German expansion was over. He and Eva committed suicide on April 30, 1945.

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Hitler's body was burned and never found.

Nazi followers partially burned his body, but Soviet soldiers found the remains and nabbed them. The parts were moved several times but in the end, they were burned a second time, and this time, for good.

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About This Quiz

Adolf Hitler was reportedly a fairly normal child from a normal family. According to some reports, the death of one of his brothers turned his formerly outgoing personality into something more sinister. Whatever the case, Hitler embraced the dark side ... and he set out with a clenched fist to rule the world.

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