Who Was Adolf Hitler?

I know. You’re probably thinking, “Of course I know who Adolf Hitler was. Where is she going with this? And why is she writing a post about the most notorious mass murderer in history?”…

There are three reasons: 1) I have been studying WWII and Adolf Hitler (which has included reading his 720 page autobiography/propaganda filled book); 2) Today marks 128 years since his birth; and, 3) Many don’t actually know that much about Hitler, except that he was the world’s most infamous dictator, and a mass murderer. So, I am going to give a synopsis about his life.

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Adolf Hitler was born on April 20th, 1889, in Austria, to Alois and Klara Hitler.

From a young age, Adolf was constantly rubbing shoulders with his equally stubborn father. When Alois wanted his son to follow in his footsteps by studying financing, Adolf purposefully did poorly at school in the hopes that his father would relent and let him study the much preferred subjects of Art or Architecture.

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(Adolf at around age 10)

When Alois died suddenly in 1903, Adolf’s mother allowed him to enroll in a different school where his performance improved.

In December of 1907 (When Adolf was just 18) his beloved mother died of breast cancer, leaving him orphaned and homeless in Vienna. He was rejected twice from the Academy Of Fine Arts In Vienna and forced to work for a living. During this time he was introduced to racism and, some suggest this is also when he embraced anti-semitism.

He moved to Munich in 1913 and in listed in the Bavarian Army at the outbreak of World War I  (or as it was then known, The Great War) where he was wounded, temporarily blinded, and received several badges for bravery.

In 1919 Hitler joined the German Worker’s Party, which later changed it’s name to the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (the Nazis). Hitler himself designed the banner.

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(A Swastika in a white circle with a red background)

 

He was discharged from the army in 1920, and he began to work full time for the “Party.”    Hitler was an impressive speaker and soon people were flocking to hear him rage against the unfairness of the Treaty Of Versailles, and his hate of Marxists and Jews.

Influenced by Mussolini’s March On Rome, Hitler and his “Beer Hall Putsch” marched to overthrow the Bavarian Government. Twenty people were killed in the failed attempt, and Hitler was arrested for treason and placed in prison, where he wrote part of his autobiography. Released in late December of 1924, Hitler rebuilt the National Socialist German Worker’s Party and sold hundreds of thousands of copies of his book which laid out his plans of transforming Germany into one, pure race.

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In January of 1933, Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor of Germany. In July of that year, the Nazi Party was named the only legal party in that country.

In 1934, the President of Germany died, and his role in office was merged with Hitler’s role as Chancellor, making him Führer. In the following years Hitler continued to gain power and soldiers, eliminating anyone who opposed him publicly.

On September 1, 1939, the German army invaded Poland, starting the Second World War of which all major countries (and many minor) in the world took part.

As Germany invaded country after country, Hitler’s numerous death camps appeared. Horrible atrocities were committed on people solely because of their ethnicity, color, age or disabilities. Hitler’s plan for a pure world could include nothing less than strong, healthy, young, and fit “Aryans.” Men and woman, young and old, were shot, starved or worked to death, sent to the gas chambers, burnt alive and mass murdered; all because of one ruler’s twisted beliefs, other wicked men (and women), and the blind obedience of his followers.

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Once a young boy, devastated by the loss of his brother, and later his parents; Hitler is now responsible for the worst mass murdering the world had ever seen. (Only the number of babies killed since 1980, which is more than 1,000,000,000, tops Adolf Hitler in intentional killing)

The number of deaths caused by the Holocaust stands around 10,000,000. The number of deaths during World War II stands over 60,000,000 people (over 40,000,000 of which were civilians).

When Hitler realized the loss of the war was inevitable, he ordered his labor camps to start killing their workers. It was his last attempt to “cleanse” the world.

In April of 1945, shortly after his 56th birthday, he and his newly wed wife, Eva, killed themselves. Ending Hitler’s 12 year reign of terror.

 

 

 

 

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Hot Air Balloons

This day last year, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that Phoenix has hot air ballon days(?)… and they were launched right by us and we could walk a few hundred feet to view them up close. Of course I brought the camera, so I decided to share some of the photos with you all. It was a little overcast that day, but it was still a great sight to see!

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Yes. It is true, he did really have a great fall… and I watched it.

 

Which was your favorite?

 

Susanna

History Of Valentine’s Day

How many of you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Either as a special day to show your significant other that you love them, or as an excuse to buy yourself some much needed chocolate as you mourn the fact that you are single, and no one is going to buy the chocolate for you. Or send you some roses. (Gotcha)  But do you even know the story behind this special day? Well. I am going to tell you it, so snuggle up and tuck your blanket under your chin… just kidding, it’s fairly short.

Once Upon A Time there was a man, the Roman Emperor in fact. This man’s name was Cladius II or Cladius Gothicus as he was later called. He was a great military leader and won many victories for Rome (though some of his conquests were frowned upon for being unnecessarily).

Cladius soon found that he didn’t have enough soldiers for his liking. Men who were married had a stronger attachment to home and therefore less interest in joining the army; he decided. So to fix this “problem”, Cladius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome, in the belief that this would increase his army’s strength.

Valentine, a Christian Priest, chose to ignore this decree, realizing the injustice of it and the real problems that might come from forbidding marriage (A sacred act between a man and a woman for life). Our hero continued to preform marriages, but in secret.

Before too long Cladius was bound to find out about him, but that did not deter Valentine, he continued the marriage ceremonies.  Sure enough, he was seized and thrown into prison. Not long after, he was killed. Valentine was first beaten, then stoned and finally beheaded, on the fourteenth of February, around the year 279 AD.  

Emperor Cladius II died of the plague not long after.

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Basically the moral of the story is to all you lovers/soul mates/couples/strangers who met today for the first time… just get married already. Who knows, soon we might have a Cladius on our hands….( Just kidding, you can keep your shirt on).  But seriously, did my story interest you? Or have you already heard the great tale?

Susanna

P.S. Legend has it that the last words Valentine ever wrote, were in the form of a letter,  and read: “From Your Valentine”.

News / Update

PurlsByGrace Shop will be closed over the spring and summer due to traveling across the country and some other factors. I still plan on blogging and am very excited to see/share new plans for this blog soon, but I am closing the knitting side of it for now.

I apologize for the slow blog posts, but stay tuned for more exciting ones in the near future, including stories, photography, randomness and more!

Gratitude For 2016

Yes, I know. 2016 wasn’t unicorns and glitter, but there is a whole list of things that I am incredibly grateful for. Here are some things I was able to do in this past year.

I enjoyed Spring Training in Arizona with swimming, baseball games, sunshine, ice cream, and hot air balloons. When we returned home for a few months, I did some camping, knitting, writing, farm work, and threw a surprise birthday party for my sisters.
June rolled around and our family welcomed the first grandson/nephew, we paid a short visit to my brother (a Marine) at his base, and spent a few hours at the beach. We took a small vacation where we visited Mt. Rushmore among other places, and enjoyed the beautiful drive to Montana for the baseball season, where I went hiking, rock climbing and ran a 5K at the capitol. Got to enjoy baseball games and a wonderful library.
During the summer we also visited the stunning Glacier National Park, made new friends, visited old ones and experienced new things.
Fall/Winter brought us home once more (not before visiting Yellowstone National Park, The Grand Tetons and some friends) where we enjoyed the beautiful seasons, some quiet time, and celebrated Advent and Christmas with family and friends.

I have grown in many ways this year, and I am eternally grateful to God for all he has blessed me with. There were hardships, but God brought me through with His deep love and grace.
Enjoy this new year and always be grateful.

Susanna

What Is Love? (Pt. 2)

(Picking back up on the subject, but branching off of my last post on it)

Most people when they hear the word ‘love’, think of a warm fuzzy feeling, or always agreeing with your spouse which makes a perfect marriage. Or maybe love is always being “nice” and never being stern, or not saying what you believe is right or wrong if it makes the other person feel uncomfortable.

Well, let me tell you, loving someone is a lot more messy then that. Loving someone is telling them when you think they are doing something wrong, always looking out for their good, even if they don’t want to hear it and want to do their own thing. As they say, “Yeah, maybe I will mess up, but it’s okay, because hey! We are after all, only human.” Right?

Let me give you an example. Sally and Nancy are best friends, Sally sees that Nancy has started “taking” little things from random places. A box of crackers from Wal-Mart, a chapstick from Ross. The world would tell Sally that love is to just leave Nancy alone, let her make her own mistakes and learn from them. What’s a box of crackers anyways? Or a $2.00 lip balm?

Well, little things become big things, and soon she’ll be stealing million dollar bracelets. Not that stealing is better if it costs less, but once you start, and if you aren’t approached with the heart of the matter, there will be no end. No boundary. Soon Nancy could be in prison for life. And when Sally visits her friend, Nancy will be crying on the other side of the glass, asking why you (Sally) didn’t stop her, help her realize what she was getting herself into. And the only thing Sally can respond with, is: “I didn’t want to sound insensitive or sound like I was judging you for who you are, I didn’t want to loose our friendship.” Which sounds pretty lame considering you watched her steal her way towards prison, and said nothing.

The other option is going up to Nancy and telling her that she needs to stop because she is doing wrong. Maybe Nancy will realize that you (Sally) are right, thank you for correcting her and change her ways. Maybe she’ll tell you childishly, that you are judging her and that she no longer wants to be friends. But true love is telling her.

Tell her, lovingly but sternly, that she needs to change, because that is love. That is truly caring. Pray for her, and maybe in two days or ten years, she will tell you honestly; that the step you took to truly care for her, made the biggest difference.

 

Thanks for reading my rant.

Susanna