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St. Leger Extended DBQ: Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler -- An Overview

Cause of notoriety: In addition to his goal of complete Germanic domination, Hitler aspired to rid the world of Jews. Although no specific order from Hitler authorizing the extermination of the Jews exists, evidence does suggest that in the fall of 1941, Hitler and his deputy Heinrich Himmler agreed in principle to mass extermination. Between 1939 and 1945, the Schutzstaffel (SS), under Himmler’s direction, systematically killed approximately eleven million people (some estimates are twice or three times as high), six million of whom were Jews; in addition, non-Jewish Poles, alleged communists or political opponents, Roman Catholics, Protestants, physically and mentally handicapped persons, Roma (Gypsies), and trade unionists were also killed in the HolocaustContinue

QUESTION: What were the causes of the rise of Adolf Hitler?

Document #1 -- After WWI, Nations Were Changed Forever

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Document #2 -- World Leaders: Adolf Hitler

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Document #3 -- National Socialism and Hitler's Nazi Party

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