Hitler’s Luck of the Devil

Hitler’s first lucky break came 13 years before he was born. His father changed his name from Shicklegruber to Hitler, and thus gave the future dictator a name that was far more slogan-ready. It is hard to imagine nearly all of Germany rising to salute a leader in unison chanting “Heil Shicklegruber!” This was one of many lucky breaks for Adolph Hitler, enabling a sociopathic individual with very dark personality traits to become the leader of a great nation and propel a world war that resulted in the death of between fifty and eighty million people. His main talent was in public speaking, but his message was, in the 1920s, only for a small far right audience. He would speak to crowds of beer drinking German nationalists who responded well to his sarcasm laced rants about the necessity of a new Germany rising up to cleanse the world of its problems. It was the Great Depression that was a very lucky break for Adolph, causing millions of unemployed Germans to be much more receptive to his message. Without the stock market crash of 1929, Hitler would have been just another beer hall rabble rouser. In power, however, he also had lucky breaks, including the survival of two assassination attempts. The first was by a carpenter who built a bomb into a podium from which Hitler was to speak. Hitler, however, paranoid man that he was, felt with good reason that people were trying to kill him, and changed his speaking time so that the bomb went off thirteen minutes too late to kill the genocidal dictator. This occurred in 1939, so the bomber failed in his wish to stop the Second World War. The second attempt to kill Hitler was in 1944, when many officers were well aware that Germany was going to lose the war, and that the military must get rid of Hitler before their beloved Armed Services were destroyed by the Allied Powers if the war continued onward. In this case Hitler’s luck was quite amazing. In an underground bunker the briefcase holding the bomb was inadvertently moved away from Hitler by an officer giving a presentation. When it went off, the table Hitler was sitting at shielded him from the major force of the impact, although four others near him were killed. Thus Hitler, a rampant extremist, was able to continue to go forward with his all or nothing strategy, and Germany ended up with hundreds of thousands more dead than if he had done the responsible thing and surrendered earlier. But, then again, Hitler was not a responsible man, and unfortunately, he had the luck of the Devil.

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