Representations of Hitler during his lifetime

Numerous works in popular music and literature feature Adolf Hitler prominently.

Inside Germany, Hitler was usually depicted as a God-like figure, loved and respected by the German people, as, for example, in Triumph of the Will, which Hitler co-produced. Outside Germany, Hitler was depicted a little differently and notably with Chaplin’s interpretation though ‘the great dictator’

Now a days there are no restrictions on publicly criticizing, mocking or portraying Hitler as a manic during his reign as head of state during the war. To the contrary now there are many popular films the portray Hitler or Nazism. For example ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, where Indiana Jones races against a subdivision of the Nazi Party, trying to find the Holy Grail, this mission if unsuccessful could lead to the end of the world as we know it. The thriller ‘The Boys from Brazil ‘(1978), starring Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck centers around a plot by Nazi fugitives to clone Hitler. ‘Molokh’ is a film from 1999 by Alexander Sokourov depicting 24 hours in Hitler's personal life. It won the Best Screenplay award that year at Cannes. A science fiction film entitled ‘They Saved Hitler's Brain’ deals with the titular brain, encased in a tank to continue the Nazi regime after the end of World War II. There are many such film that bring us up to today’s releases like the movie’ Inglorious Basterds’, where Hitler is shown to be assassinated by two members of the "Basterds" while in the opera box of a theater in Nazi-occupied France and the Dragon Ball Z film : Fusion Reborn where Hitler escapes from Hell and attempts to take over a city where he is actually referred to as "The Dictator" in the English dub of this film.  This leaves us with a constant portrait of Hitler, his beliefs and our fear of this man that not many people were brave enough to mock / portray back and the start of this horrific chapter in the history books.

Adolf Hitler; 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party), commonly known as the Nazi Party. He was the totalitarian leader of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and chancellor from 1933 to 1945 and as head of state (Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945.

Hitler, a decorated veteran from the first world war joined the Nazi Party in 1919 and became leader of NSDAP in 1921. Following his imprisonment after a failed coup in Bavaria in 1923, he gained support by promoting German nationalism, anti-Semitism, anti-capitalism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and propaganda. He was appointed chancellor in 1933, and quickly transformed the Weimar Republic into the Third Reich, a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideals of national socialism.

Hitler ultimately wanted to establish a New Order of absolute Nazi German in Europe. To achieve this, he pursued a foreign policy with the declared goal of seizing Lebensraum ("living space") for the Aryan people; directing the resources of the state towards this goal. This included the rearmament of Germany in 1939 when the ‘Wehrmacht’ invaded Poland. In response, the United Kingdom and France declared war against Germany, leading to the outbreak of World War II in Europe. In the final days of the war, at the fall of Berlin in 1945, Hitler married his long-time mistress Eva Braun and, to avoid capture by Soviet forces less than two days later, the two committed suicide.



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