Hitler’s Ego Becomes his Worst Enemy
Adolf Hitler’s main ideology was to keep the Aryan race alive and eliminate all others to make a “superior” human race. Throughout the 1930s, he was able to swiftly take control of Germany and create a nation in his own image with very little resistant at all. With the ease of takeover in Germany, Hitler’s ego of superiority was rising. His thought process was that he was able to create the Third Reich because the Aryans were a more “dominate” race than the Jews or any others as well. However, this emotional thought processes does not carry any weight at all in reality or in battle. The reason why National Socialism ideology worked well in the German state was because there were such a small amount of minorities compared to the entire Aryan population. Once the Nazis controlled the government and the army it was over for all who opposed them or not Aryan in Germany. When this ideology is the basis for Hitler’s ultimate plan of world control, it cannot work. Compared to the rest of the world, National Socialists are a small portion that make up the world population. When Germany begins the war and starts off conquering Europe with ease, Hitler’s ego on racial “superiority” continues to rise even higher. However, because of this racial “dominance” vision, Hitler’s emotions carry on to the battlefield. Scholars Benjamin Sax and Dieter Kuntz state, “The causes of Hitler’s triumphs were also the causes of his failures… His inventiveness and his risk taking were the source of his undoing” (1) He makes the order to invade Russia and follow the Russians into the heart of their homeland thinking that the Soviets were an inferior people. Once this move has failed, the war has turned, which Hitler realizes, but his heart is still pushing on till death. Because Adolf Hitler was thinking with his emotions rather than military strategy, he, through his military’s orders, became an enemy to his own army.
(1) Benjamin Sax and Dieter Kuntz, eds., Inside Hitler’s Germany, A Documentary History of Life in the Third Reich (Lexington, Mass.: D.D. Heath and Company, 1992), 327.
“Hitler and Goring, March 16th, 1938” Photo, Wikipedia (German Federal Archives) September 7, 2014.