NOTICE: I tried to post this only a few days after VE day but unfortunately it didn’t send so I thought I would give it another go after changing little bits so that it is up to date. Sorry :)
I know that this post does not fall under the current Burnet News Club topic (The Arts: the articulating opinions) but having VE day just a few days ago from when I am writing this, it seems quite relevant, I hope that’s ok.
Firstly, let's talk about how Hitler came to power. Following World War I (WWI) Germany was left in an awful state and Hitler used this to his advantage. In ‘Mein Kampf’- the book that Hitler wrote whilst he was in prison- Hitler promised so much to Germany, such as making Germany great again and, he even gave them someone to blame; the Jewish people. The German society therefore trusted Hitler and thought he would make a great leader (Chancellor) and voted for him.
Although England was victorious following WW1, it had clearly come at such a cost, and they obviously did NOT want to go to war with anyone again. Therefore, Hitler used this to his advantage and chose to go against the Treaty of Versailles (the Treaty of Versailles was a contract that France gave Germany after WWI to punish the Germans because everyone blamed them for the first World War. It said that they had to pay lots of money each month, give lots of land away and were not allowed to have their military on certain parts of land etc.) No one questioned Hitler when he did this, through fear of starting conflict. This made Hitler feel like he could get away with anything. Neville Chamberlain (Britain's Prime Minister at the time) started to appease Hitler and got him to sign a contract that said he would not invade Poland and if he did, they would go to war with him. Despite Hitler signing this contract, on the 1st September 1939, Hitler sent his military to cross the Polish frontier to invade Poland, disobeying the contract completely. On the 3rd September 1939 Chamberlain declared war on Germany.
In conclusion- being skeptical, using an open mind and considering all of the information I have mentioned- I believe that the main reason for the outbreak of WWII was that we made Hitler believe that he could get away with anything. Disobeying the Treaty of Versailles was the beginning, and then he continued to grow in power by using the vulnerabilities of both the countries he invaded, and of his own people in Germany.
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