hitler-- leader or dictator?

India
January 28, 2007 6:57am CST
in many a history books, i saw that Hitler has been mentioned as a great leader. this ahs led the younger generation to believe that he was a good man who worked for the good of the people. what are your views?do u think he was a good leader or a powerful dictator?
3 responses
@steerpyke (396)
28 Jan 07
Like most dictators, he was more complex that people seem to imagine. At a time when germany had lost faith in its culture and identity, Hitlers rose swiftly to power on the ability to forge germany into a country proud of who it was. It would have been okay if the vision had ended there. Unfortunatly once in a position of ultimate power and with no opposition he had free hand to take his dream to its diabolical conclusions that resulted in ethnic cleansing, religious and political persuccution and world war. He stands as a warning against anyone being able to gain positions of unlimited domination for once in that position the madness reigns unchecked.
• India
28 Jan 07
hmmm. thats an interesting way of putting it..
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
28 Jan 07
He was not a true leader because he forced others to follow him. He was more of a dictator, but had no power in(from) himself. What gave him power, was the German people enabling him to have power. It is the same with any bully; their only power is that which others give them. He might have done some good, but it was far overshadowed by his atrocities. Had he won the war, his regime would never have survived very long. People will not stay oppressed forever. Evil cannot survive on its own; it has no foundation such as honesty, respect or decency to stand on.
@MrNiceGuy (4143)
• United States
28 Jan 07
No it doesn't... The current generations and the past few have been engrained with the idea of how evil Hitler was. I don't think anyone really argues that he was a good person, just that he was obviously inspirational to get all of those people to follow him. No one thinks his ideas were good.