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Adolf Hitler

 

“We shall not shy away from any sacrifice if it is ever necessary. Let the world understand that!”

Reichstag speech, Berlin, Germany, Friday 6 October 1939

Adolf Hitler was born on 20 April 1889 and committed suicide on 30 April 1945. He is rightly despised as one of the most evil men in history. Here was a man whose actions and beliefs resulted in suffering on an unprecedented scale and the most destructive war ever witnessed. Why, then, include him as a great communicator? The answer is simple: his first weapon was his oratory and it was this that enabled him to move a country from peace to war. Our understanding of the threat posed by dictators and extremists is enhanced if we recognize the cold menace posed by Hitler’s words ...

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