Friday, November 21, 2008

Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it

Subject: History repeats itself


Who Am I?

I was raised in one country but my father was born in another. I was not
his only child. He fathered several children with a number of women.

I became very close to my mother because my father showed little interest in
me. Then my mother died at an early age from cancer. Later in life,
questions arose over my real name. My birth records were sketchy and no
one was able to produce a reliable birth certificate.

I grow up practicing one faith, but converted to Christianity because this was
widely accepted in my country. But I practiced non-traditional beliefs
and did not follow mainstream Christianity.

I worked and lived among lower-class people as a young adult before I decided
it was time to get serious about my life and I embarked on a new career.

I wrote a book about my struggles growing up. It was clear to those who
read my memoirs that I had difficulties accepting that my father abandoned me
as a child.

I became active in local politics when I was in my 30s and then burst onto the
scene as a candidate for national office when I was in my 40s. I had a
virtually non-existent resume, very little work history, and no experience in
leading a single organization. Yet I was a powerful speaker who managed
to draw incredibly large crowds during my public appearances.

At first, my political campaign focused on my country's foreign policy. I
was critical of my country in the last war. But what launched my rise to
national prominence were my views on the country's economy. I had a plan
on how we could do better. I knew which group was responsible for getting
us into this mess.

Mine was a people's campaign. I was the surprise candidate because I
emerged from outside the traditional path of politics and was able to gain
widespread popular support. I offered the people the hope that
together we could change our country and the world.

I spoke on behalf of the downtrodden including persecuted minorities such as
Jews, but my actual views were not widely known until after I became my nations
leader. However, anyone could have easily learned what I really believed
if they had simply read my writings and examined those people I associated
with. But they did not.

Then I became the most powerful man in the world. And the world learned
the truth.

Who am I?

Adolf Hitler