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The Media and World War II

Before becoming involved in German politics, Adolf Hitler was a struggling artist and architect in Vienna. After the First World War, Hitler settled in Munich, where he joined the recently-formed National Socialist Party. By 1921, Hitler had seized control of the party, and had turned it into "a rigidly authoritarian political organisation" (Taylor 65). This was the first sign of Hitler becoming a dictator. However, the American press at the time virtually ignored Hitler in their articles on German political affairs. For example, "an American correspondent interviewing him in 1922 never bothered to write a description of the meeting" ("Rise to Power" 61). Despite the fact that he had seized control of his political party, the American public did not yet consider Hitler to be a threat to national security. In fact, the National-Socialist Party at that time was still a relatively minor party in the total German political system. It would be almost another decade before Hitler and his "Nazi" Party would start to become world renowned as "the Power of Evil in our time" (61).

In 1923, Hitler led his party in a failed coup known as the "beer-hall putsch." Because of his participation in the attempted revolution Hitler spent some time in prison, during which he wrote Mein Kampf, the manifesto of the Nazi Party. After being released from prison, Hitler starte


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