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Did Adolf Hitler ever address the fact that his own appearance was almost an exact opposite of what he considered the ideal Aryan appearance?

For once that was an ideal. And a goal. To be 'restored'. By racial breeding and struggle. And it was readily apparent to really everyone that not every German was blonde. That said, Hitler himself ...
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Were Hitler's anti-Jewish sentiments known at all to those who voted him to power in 1933?

I think your question is best answered by addressing an underlying presumption. Namely: your 21st century eyes and your living in a society that considers hate speech to be antisocial are misleading ...
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Was Hitler exclaiming "Heil Hitler!" himself when saluting?

Short Answer Despite the claims of some sites, I can find no evidence that Hitler himself said 'Heil Hitler', and it would make no sense for him to do so as the words were more than a greeting: they ...
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Could a German insult Hitler without being arrested?

Well, not officially. Insulting the Führer or insulting Hitler, any laws for that? 'Insulting the Führer' was often interpreted as being a Lèse-majesté, codified from the beginning of the 2nd Reich in ...
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Why did Hitler not order the use of poison gas in combat?

Re: Pierstorff's explanation, I haven't heard the biological weapons explanation before. As the primary motivation for Hitler's restraint, I don't think it's correct. From my understanding, bio ...
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Was there a constitutional mechanism to overturn the election of Adolf Hitler?

There was a mechanism called voting against Hitler. Unfortunately, Hitler's opponents failed to set aside their differences and unite against him. It is important to realise that Hitler did not gain ...
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What pretext did Hitler use to justify Operation Barbarossa?

Radio broadcast to the German people Hitler gave his reasons to the German people via a radio broadcast on the morning of June 22nd, 1941. At 0500 GMT, an hour after the invasion began, the Nazi ...
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Why did other German political parties disband so fast when Hitler was appointed chancellor?

Three steps to observe: Hitler was given the chancellory Election in 1933 Reichstag fire & Enabling decree First the really unwanted elements were beaten up, imprisoned or just killed. Then a ...
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Is it true that Hitler led to the invention of the atomic bomb by the Americans?

The discovery of uranium fission by Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann (German chemists) in the Jan 1939 issue of Die Naturwissenschaften (The Science of Nature) sparked great interest among physicists ...
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What was the planned line of succession for the Nazi Party in the event that Hitler died?

For almost the entire war, Hermann Göring was Hitler's designated successor. He had been the second most powerful man in the Reich since the Nazi takeover, and had done much of the practical work of ...
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Are currently sold versions of "Mein Kampf" censored?

Mein Kampf was illegal in a lot of countries for a very long time. As already noted in a comment, it was never illegal in Germany. You could sell and buy any existing copies. Reprinting it was not ...
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Did the Nazis identify as being Fascists? How exactly did they view themselves?

There is a confusion of terminology at work, here. First of all, you have to understand what the terms involved were not: They weren't the "loaded" terms we recognize them as from today's point of ...
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What was Hitler like in private?

Albert Speer's book "Inside the Third Reich" describes Hitler's nature and personality in detail. Speer was a close friend of Hitler from an early point and knew him well. He describes him as being in ...
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Given Hitler's Austrian ancestry, why did he develop German nationalism rather than Austrian nationalism?

At the time nation-states (and in particular France) consolidated themselves, the governance of the German-speaking parts of Europe was based on an older model, small principalities loosely associated ...
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Did Hitler ever tell a joke?

According to Rochus Misch, the Berlin Bunker telephonist and part of the Führerbegleitkommando (Führer Escort Command; FBK), Hitler did tell jokes but I cannot state for a fact that Hitler had a ...
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Who are the people walking with Hitler?

Regarding place and date: The picture was taken in Blaubeuren, Germany. In the background, a part of the Blaubeuren Abbey is visible (its western portal): Source: Wikipedia Commons, Schilling Thomas (...
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How did Hitler imagine his succession? (for the case nazis would win the war)

The official, factual side As unsatisfactory as that might sound @JMS is rightly focussing on first Göring and then Dönitz/Goebbels, although the later declined to survive so that Schwerin von ...
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Why did Paul von Hindenburg wrongly call Adolf Hitler "Bohemian corporal"?

Paul von Hindenburg called Hitler a "böhmischer Gefreiter". He (and others) wrongly assumed that Hitler was born in Broumov (called Braunau in German) that is indeed in Bohemia (today Czech Republic)...
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Did Nazi leaders consider continuing guerrilla warfare after the collapse of Germany?

The timeframe is exactly right for the highest level of organisational planning in this general direction: In late summer/early autumn 1944, Heinrich Himmler initiated Unternehmen Werwolf (Operation ...
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Did JFK really say "Hitler is one of the greatest men…one of the most significant figures that ever lived"?

You are possibly referring to this: After visiting these two places you can easily see how that within a few years Hitler will emerge from the hatred that surrounds him now as one of the most ...
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Given Hitler's Austrian ancestry, why did he develop German nationalism rather than Austrian nationalism?

Hitler's ultimate motive was 'Upliftment of the Aryan Race'. For this an auxillary goal was making the 'pure' German Nationality walk tall, and be strong. Hitler was not a exactly a German ...
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Could Hitler have won WW2 after losing the beaches of Normandy

Hitler probably couldn't have won WW2 after the end of 1942, if ever. The writing was on the wall in one sense during Barbarossa, when the Germans thought they had the Soviets on the ropes. The ...
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What did Hitler mean with the following statement about Franco?

I am not sure what Hitler did know about the political details of Spain and I certainly cannot be sure of what he was thinking, so I will just laid out some data and thoughts: While Franco's side is ...
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German invasion of Poland details

Before asking this question, you could consult Wikipedia, which says: From the start, the Luftwaffe attacked civilian targets and columns of refugees along the roads to wreak havoc, disrupt ...
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From 1936-45 what was the prescribed punishment in Nazi Germany for failing to join or participate in the Hitler Youth?

There was no upper limit to sanctions. From to 1936 to 1939, membership in the HJ was "voluntary". So actual punishment was not put into law until the Second Executive Order on the law about ...
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Did Hitler, or any non USSR residents in the 30s-40s know about Stalin's purges?

Of course. It wasn't much of a secret. Some 85% of the Soviet military's top positions were removed; the scale alone makes it rather impossible to hide. In fact, knowledge that Stalin had decapitated ...
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