Hitlers Weltanschauung (World View)

name = Glen R. Hees
email = SigmaChi25
publish = yes
subject = World Civ
II
title = Hitler's Weltanschauung (World View)

In the early quarter of the twentieth century, a young man was
beginning to fill his mind with ideas of a unification of all Germanic countries.
That young man was Adolf Hitler, and what he learned in his youth would surface
again as he struggled to become the leader of this movement. Hitler formed
views of countries and even certain cities early in his life, those views often
affecting his dictation of foreign policy as he grew older. What was Hitler's
view of the world before the Nazi Party came to power? Based in large part
on incidents occurring in his boyhood, Hitler's view included the belief that
Jews should be eliminated, and that European countries were merely pawns for
him to use in his game of world dominion.
Adolf Hitler grew up the son of
a respectable imperial customhouse official, who refused to let his son do
what he was most interested in--art. Hitler never excelled in school, and
took interest only in art, gymnastics and a casual interest in geography and
history due to a liking he had taken to his teacher. It was his history teacher
who would fill Adolf's mind with a simple thought: ?The day will come, that
all of us, of German descent, will once more belong to one mighty Teutonic
nation that will stretch from the Mediterranean to the Baltic, just like the
Empire of the Middle Ages, and that will stand supreme among the peoples of
this earth.? Already the young Adolf could envision himself in such a position.

Much of the ideology that Adolf Hitler used was not original by any means.
There were many thinkers and writers who laid the groundwork for what would
become not just Hitler's, but the Nazi Party's Weltanschauung (world view).
Three primary writers were Dietrich Eckart, editor of a harshly anti-Semitic
periodical, Auf gut deutsch (Agd), Alfred Rosenberg, a Baltic German and contributor
to Agd, and Gottfried Feder, an opponent of finance capitalism. These three
men molded the political outlook of the German Worker's Party before Hitler
encountered it in 1919, and would become quite influential in Adolf's ideology.
Rosenberg contributed largely to Hitler's view of the Jews on an international
perspective, suggesting the existence of a Jewish conspiracy to overthrow established
nation-states on a worldwide scale. In 1924, Hitler proclaimed that he had
departed from Vienna as an absolute anti-Semitic, a deadly enemy of the whole
Marxist outlook, and as a Pan-German in his political persuasion. The Pan-Ger
man
movement was dedicated to achieving the defense and fortification of the German
Volk (people) everywhere in the world.
The elimination of the Jews was
but one item on Hitler's agenda, however. Hitler wanted to do away with the
Versailles Treaty which he saw as criminal. He also believed that Germany
should not ally itself with any other nation, except perhaps Italy and England.
Italy, because of its Fascist regime under Mussolini, and England, because
it could be considered a Nordic region. While he would go on to ally himself
with Italy, his views of these two nations would change drastically later.
As for other European nations, Hitler's idea of expansionism laid the groundwork
for his relations with them. Lebensraum or living-space, which Hitler mentioned
in his book Mein Kampf, had been a key concept for German National Socialists.
It was an old concept, not inconsistent with beliefs held since the middle
ages. Hitler believed that an increase in his country's living-space would
effectively improve the health and well-being of his Volk. As Hitler stated
in his Secret Book: ?A healthy foreign policy therefore
will always keep
the winning of the basis of a people's sustenance immovably in sight as its
ultimate goal.?
Hitler was very hostile towards France and saw the French
as a hereditary enemy that was always looking for a chance to annex the left
bank of the Rhine so as to have a ?natural? frontier with Germany. Hitler
was ready to support a war against France at any time and any cost.
England
was portrayed as one of Germany's absolute enemies, even though Hitler had
considered making an alliance at one point. Hitler thought that England had
been the Weltmacht, or world power for too long and was not a worthy ally because
they assisted the Jewish cause and had allowed Jews to hold influential positions
within the state. Hitler also said that the British people had a reason to
be proud though, because even though