What better way to talk about such a people apart from talking about the things that come straight from them? What better way to talk about Hitler apart from talking about the things he said or rather wrote himself?
Mein Kampf, also known as ‘My Struggle’ is Hitler’s autobiography, a book he wrote while serving time at Landsberg Prison. Published in two volumes the book serves as Hitler’s exposition of his ideology.
Perhaps to try and understand how and why he turned to be the man he became we should look at his early days for some clues.
From Hitler himself
In the book he says the following;
“I think that an inborn talent for speaking now began to develop and take shape during the more or less strenuous arguments which I used to have with my comrades. I had become a juvenile ringleader who learned well and easily at school but was rather difficult to manage.”
The three most important things to note from this is his inborn talent for speaking, becoming a juvenile ringleader and being difficult to manage.
A dictator is someone who is unconstrained by law, a speaker who dictates and a person who behaves in a tyrannical manner – sounds like someone we know? That was Young Hitler in a nutshell.
Young Hitler had the inborn talent to speak, which is very crucial when it comes to dictating especially in arguments. He also possessed a very important aspect of being a dictator – he was difficult to manage at school. This clearly shows that he didn’t quite follow the rules of the school.
One other aspect that certainly played an important role on becoming a dictator was his stubbornness, just like his father.
Hitler notes the following about his father;
“At the back of his mind he had the idea that his son also should become an official of the Government. Indeed he had decided on that career for me.”
“For the first time in my life, I was then eleven years old, I felt myself forced into open opposition. No matter how hard and determined my father might be about putting his own plans and opinions into action, his son was no less obstinate in refusing to accept ideas on which he set little or no value. I would not become a civil servant.”
At eleven years old, young Hitler was as stubborn as we may have known the adult Hitler who was a dictator.
No doubt, Adolf Hitler didn’t just develop the thought of leadership and power at an older age, he was in fact as stubborn as a dictator. He was no ordinary young boy. He didn’t just take any orders from the school nor his father. One can start to imagine what thoughts played inside this eleven year old. I hope to learn more about him as I continue reading his Mein Kampf.
Mduduzi Mbiza is a writer, content strategist, researcher, consultant and author of the book, ‘Human Education: The Voyage of Discovery’. He has contributed his articles on education to Daily Maverick, The South African, Voice360 and EduOne.