Adolph Hitler Changed The World By One Vote

This one vote, as was written in another hub, is the one vote that changed the world forever.

Adolph Hitler was born in 1889, his father died in 1912 and left him a very small amount of money. During WW1 Hitler was sent a draft, but claimed he never received it. After that he was arrested for being a draft dodger. After his arrest he spent sometime in jail, but then joined the military. His time in the military was good, so when WW1 ended Hitler became a corporal and worked for the Weimar or Democratic Government as a spy.

Hitler's orders were to watch and attend the German Worker's Party who mostly met in Munich. Hitler reported that they were not threatening, they just got together to "Drink beer". However, even though he was painfully shy, he started to speak in the German Worker's Party. He resigned from the German Army and put all of his energy into the German Worker's Party. They were not beer drinkers at all. They were all angry and charged up about Democracy, Socialism, and other things Germany was doing. Then the group decided to change the name of their group to the Nazi Party.

Now, there were several members of the Nazi Party who wanted to be the leader. Each one of them gave a speech to other members of the Nazi Party. At this point in time, Hitler had become rather grandious. His emotional delivery of his speech gained some support but not a lot. When the vote was counted, Hitler became the leader of the Nazi Political Party by one vote.

A newspaper, reported that Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Political party. After this newspaper report, people became interested in him. So, he decided to make a speech. His first speech was attended by 2,000 people. That speech was alarming. Jews were bankrupting Germany! Germans were not safe! Hitler could help Germans, because he loved them. And so it started, the hatred of the Jewish people. Hitler decided the Nazi Party need a symbol, he chose the swastika.

On September 1, 1939 Germany invaded Poland and officially WW2 was declared. WW2 killed over millions of people. Men, women, and children. Some in the military, some in concentration camps. All of this happened and more because a man was elected as the leader of the Nazi Political Party by one vote. Just one. This is the we need to vote. We need many votes, not just one.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Thanks for the informative Hub Michele,

Voted ^ & Interesting.

Thanks for SHARING

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you, I agree sharing information is a good thing.

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alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

Wow, amazing what one vote can do -- although in this case, the consequences were dire. Voting this Up and Interesting.

Alex 5 years ago

One vote? Maybe I will start to vote

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Please vote, we need it, we are the ones who control the politicians, not the super pac

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Perspycacious 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Good point, Michele. Look for and consider these: "speech


Hitler decided the Nazi Party need a symbol,

WW2 killed over millions of people. (Note that WWII is the more common abbreviation.)

Some in the military, some in concentration camps. (Add: even more as non-combatant civilians in Russia, England, and other areas of the prolonged struggle.)

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

True, very true, but an entire college class can be taught without all of the information being given,

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LadyFiddler 5 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hi Michele Thanks for sharing your info.

I have a very soft spot for the Jews and i despise that dead, nasty man called Hitler the devil incarnated in human flesh, a man who was greedy for power, fame and popularity, A man who people claimed was mad to me it was more like demon possessed.

How on earth could one man think so cruel so hateful to humans like himself.

I read and follow up holocaust survivors stories on youtube and i gets me crying or very depressed. I keep searching for answers as to why? I get VERY EMOTIONAL when i hear about the Nazi and Hitler. Even the word Germany Pukes me!

All i can say men like adolf eichmann and herman gorring, adolf hitler, nuremberg and others have a special place in hell and is now awaiting the judgement of God.

Thanks for sharing your infor.

Have a bless night

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livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

It's amazing to think that it took a difference of just one vote...You start to wonder how these people thought and who was teetering on making a different vote.Thanks for the informative hub!

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for you comment. It is so important for people to vote. So many thing their vote does not count, but it does. My greatest wish is that everybody votes. If everybody votes then people will have more power in this country.

Thanks again for your comment

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you, I feel the same. Even going to the place in Cleveland that shows the things that came from concentration camps. I cannot go there, I would cry before I even entered. Just thinking about the shoes children lost that their parents would never see again.

I can go on and on, but won't.

God bless you too.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment. As I have said in another hub, we need to vote. We are more powerful then any super-pac more people need to vote.

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North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

Well put Michele. Most times I think to myself what is the point of voting? But you are right when you say that one vote can make a difference.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you North Wind, I appreciate your comment.

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LauraD093 5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

ty Michele I really enjoyed this hub and found it interesting as well. I posted som fan-mail out in the cyber void for you as well hope I did it correctly . I'm still a techno-hub-flunkie in a lot of ways as I navigate through the web-writer's world here what a trip!

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment. Please tell me more about cyber void. I need more help with things like that.

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richfsr 5 years ago

Let this be a lesson for all those that feel they do not want to vote in the upcoming elections. We are in a crossroads not too dissimilar to what Michele just wrote about. This next election may very well determine the freedom of this country. Excellent hub Michele.

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Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

What can I add? simply a terrific and to the point article.

As you might be aware Besides their Christianity/Religion Reporter, I am also the Political writer/reporter for the and cover the Brownsville,TX area. The consensus of political opinion is ONE VOTE MATTERS and the question goes on WHAT IF, what IF Hitler had not been voted in.People all over the country are concerned in so many areas and parties and VOTES do matter. Surely none of us want to look back some day and say, "If only I would have voted".Great article. I love everything you write. I voted UP, useful, interesting and awesome.

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Rachel Richmond 5 years ago from California

Amazing what one vote of confidence will do..

Interesting hub...voted

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That is why I wish more people would vote. We just need more people to vote.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you. You know only about 58% of people vote. It is horrible. We need to vote. Our rights are being taken away slowly. Well, you already know how I feel

Thanks again for your comments.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are very correct. That is why I am so concerned about voting and why people do not vote. I wish I could get thi out somehow and get people to vote. People need to vote. They just don't understand how valuble a vote is.

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richfsr 5 years ago

One of your commenters wondered how such a man could be voted into power. Ponder this. During that time unemployment in Germany was staggering 30%. Banks had failed during the depression. Companies were going bankrupt. The economy had tanked. Somebody needed to be the savior. He distracted the masses by finding a scapegoat. Jews. He blamed the whole problem on them and convinced the German people they needed to be erradicated in order to fix Germany. If you notice some of the conditions in Germany then are very similar to our situation today. People are looking for a Savior. If someone stepped forward with the charrisma and charm he had,we could easily end up with the same type of leader. Some actually think Obama is the savior.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Things are getting bad. We don't need to repeat the past. We need to vote. Obama is not the savior. I know we are in bad times, so is the rest of the world right now. Sometimes I get a little crazy when I talk about ,voting But, it is up to us to vote.

Grerory 5 years ago

Young people should remember these things really did happen. In some places they say it did not happen, but it did happen. So if they can vote why do they do not vote? I do not understand why people in your country do not vote. Maybe they are lazy, but here they are lasy also. Just to lasy.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment. Where are you from? Where did you see this hub?

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LadyFiddler 5 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hmm tell me about it i just don't know how Jews do it how they go back to Germany, Poland, Holand etc i know they want to show there respects but its just creepy i would have never Returned.

It breaks my heart just to even imagine it all the sceneries are still there for them to remember. Everything comes back so real and fresh into their minds. I listen to the survivors cases its sad but interesting to see how people could have survived such a disaster!!

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That is very true, and understandable.

Thank you again

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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great article...

There are some good articles on HP about Hitler and WWII, and this is one of them...voted up


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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it very much

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uncorrectedvision 5 years ago from Indiana

Something that has always distressed me about Adolf Hitler. During WWI he distinguished himself in service to his country and was awarded the German Army's highest commendation. What happened to him before,during or after the war to twist his conscience so badly? It probably wasn't one thing but a confluence of events and experiences that ruined him.

We are all captains of our actions, of our decisions. He decided that the best way to resurrect a collapsed Germany was to blame the 1%ers or as he called them - the Jews.

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

You are correct. It is also a frightening thing. I don't know what happened to him, there is so much information, I could not reseach all of it, but voting, everybody voting is the thing that is so important. And I agree with what you wrote.

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richfsr 5 years ago

@uncorrectedvision To answer your question, it is called power. After the war he strived to be a political force in Germany. To do so he became ruthless. In fact he was imprisoned for his violent opposition to the Kaiser. I believe the prison term probably changed him more. But as I said he became power hungry. As the old saying goes. "Absolute power corrupts absolutely".

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Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That is the best comment I have read, it is very, very true.

Jeremy 4 years ago

Sorry to say, but the story about Hitler being elected by one vote is patently false.

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Jeremy Please look at number 22

The Importance of One Vote

The most often heard excuse for not voting in an election is "my one little vote won't make a difference." Yet history is full of instances proving the enormous power of one single vote. In many cases, the course of nations has been changed because one individual ballot was cast — or not cast — depending upon your point of view.

If you think that your vote won't make a difference, please consider the following:

1. In 1645, one vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England.

2. In 1649, one vote literally cost King Charles I of England his head. The vote to behead him was 67 against and 68 for — the ax fell thanks to one vote.

3. In 1714, one vote placed King George I on the throne of England and restored the monarchy.

4. In 1776, one vote gave America the English language instead of German (at least according to folklore.)

5. In 1800, the electoral college met in the respective states to cast their two votes for President. At that time, the U.S. Constitution provided the candidate receiving the most electoral votes would become President and the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes would become Vice President. When the results of the electoral college votes were opened by both houses of Congress, there was a tie vote for President between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. That threw the election of President into the House of Representatives where Thomas Jefferson was elected our third president by a one vote margin.

6. In 1824, none of the four Presidential candidates received an electoral majority. The election was again thrown into the House of Representatives, where John Quincy Adams defeated front runner Andrew Jackson by one vote to become the nation's 6th president. Andrew Jackson received the majority of the nation's popular vote.

7. In 1844 in the backwoods area of Switzerland County, Indiana on election day, a farmer named Freeman Clark lay seriously ill in bed. He begged his sons to carry him to the county seat so he could vote for David Kelso to become a state senator. David Kelso had defended old Freeman Clark on a murder charge and obtained his acquittal. The old farmer Freeman Clark got to vote for Kelso but Clark died on his way back home. Kelso won the election by one vote. Both Freeman Clark and David Kelso were long-time Andrew Jackson supporters.

8. In 1844 when the new Indiana senate convened, Democrats had a majority of one — counting David Kelso. At that time, state senates had the task of electing the states' United States Senator. The Indiana Senate Democrats held a caucus where it developed a majority of the party delegation favored a man who would vote against the annexation of Texas if elected to the U.S. Senate. David Kelso refused to vote for the Democratic Party choice and a deadlock resulted between the Democratic and Whig candidates. This continued for days. Finally, Kelso made his move. He proposed a new candidate: Edward A. Hannigan. In his party caucus, Kelso notified his Democratic associates he would bolt and vote with the Whigs — thus electing a Whig to the Senate — unless the Democrats supported Hannigan. The Democrats felt constrained to accept Hannigan who was then elected as Indiana's U.S. Senator by one vote — that of David Kelso.

9. In 1845, Texas was admitted to the union as a state by one vote — that of Edward A. Hannigan from Indiana. The 1844 and 1845 excerpts on the series of single votes leading to Texas statehood are from the book, Magnificent Destiny.

10. In 1846, a one vote margin in the U.S. Senate approved President Polk's request for a Declaration of War against Mexico.

11. In 1850, California was admitted to the union by a margin of one vote.

12. In 1859, Oregon was admitted to the union by a margin of one vote.

13. The Alaska Purchase of 1867 was ratified by just one vote — paving the way for the eventual annexation of America's largest state in 1958.

14. In 1868, one vote in the U.S. Senate saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

15. In 1875, a one vote margin changed France from a monarchy to a republic.

16. In 1875, Florida's U.S. Senators were still elected by the state Legislature. Democrat Charles W. Jones of Pensacola was elected by the U.S. Senate by a majority of one vote.

17. In 1876, no presidential contender received a majority of electoral votes so the determination of the country's president was again thrown into the U.S. House of Representatives. By a one vote margin, Rutherford B. Hayes became the new U.S. president. When Tilden's party protested the tabulation and demanded a recount, Congress established a 15-member electoral commission to again count the electoral votes and declare the result. By an eight to seven margin — again, one vote — the commission affirmed the count and gave the election and presidency to Hayes.

18. In 1885, two members of the Florida House of Representatives waged a friendly but close contest for Speaker of the House. Robert W. Davis of Green Cove Springs defeated Gen. Ernest Yonge of Pensacola by one vote.

19. In 1889, by a one vote margin, Washington was admitted to statehood with the union.

20. In 1890, by a one vote margin, Idaho became a state.

21. In 1916, if presidential hopeful Charles E. Hughes had received one additional vote in each of California's precincts, he would have defeated President Woodrow Wilson's re-election bid.

22. On November 8, 1923, members of the then recently-formed revolutionary political party met to elect a leader in a Munich, Germany beer hall. By a majority of one vote, they chose an ex-soldier named Adolph Hitler to become the NAZI Party leader.

23. In 1940, the vote taken by the French parliament to maintain its status as a republic failed by a margin of one vote.

24. In 1941, the Selective Service Act (the draft) was saved by a one vote margin — just weeks before Pearl Harbor was attacked.

25. In 1948, a Texas convention voted for Lyndon B. Johnson over ex-Governor Coke Stevens in a contested Senatorial election. Lyndon Johnson because U.S. Senator by a one vote margin.

26. In 1948, if Thomas E. Dewey had gotten one vote more per precinct in Ohio and California, the presidential election would have been thrown into the U.S. House of Representatives where Dewey enjoyed more support than his rival — incumbent Harry Truman. As it was, Dewey was expected to win the general election by a landslide so most Republicans stayed home. Only 51.5 percent of the electorate voted. Truman defeated Dewey.

27. In a 1955 city election in Huron, Ohio, the mayor was elected to office by one vote.

28. In a 1959 city election, mayors of both Rose Creek and Odin, Minnesota were elected to their respective offices by one vote.

29. In the 1960 presidential election, an additional one vote per precinct in Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, and Texas may have altered the course of America's modern history by denying John F. Kennedy the presidency and placing Richard Nixon in the White House eight years earlier.

30. In 1962, the governors of Maine, Rhode Island, and North Dakota were all elected by a margin of one vote per precinct.

31. In 1984, a Monroe County, Florida commissioner was elected by one vote.

32. In 1994, the U.S. House of Representatives enacted a law banning specific classes of assault weapons. The vote was initially tied but one member changed his vote to approve the ban.

33. Bills proposing amendment to the U. S. Constitution require a 2/3's vote of each House in order to be approved. When the balanced budget amendment bill came before the U.S. Senate in March, 1995, the measure failed by one vote — Mark Hatfield, Republican from Oregon, was the sole Republican failing to vote with other members of the Republican Party which was the majority party of the U.S. Senators. When it became apparent the measure would fail, Senate Republican Whip Bob Dole changed his vote to enable him to bring the matter back up under pa

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Oh, you cost me two hours of reading again in Joachim C. Fest's extraordinary book "Hitler." It added to my knowledge of his history and final days. I will go back and read the section on Stauffenberg and the conspirators who tried unsuccessfully to bring him down with such naivete. I love your list of the "one vote" outcomes. I do believe that couples, who know that their better half is voting opposite to them in a two person race, can easily opt not to vote.

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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

That sounds like a very interesting book. I would like to read it also. Thanks for letting me know about it.

William Edwardson 3 years ago

One vote? Please fact-check before you pass on such information as true. Hitler resigned from the Worker's Party in 1921. He was coaxed back to the party and agreed upon the condition that he be given dictatorial power. The party voted 553 to 1 to take him back on his terms. In fact, Hitler never got more than 37% of the vote to become Chancellor of Germany. How that happened is another story altogether.

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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

William Edwardson

I am sorry, you are correct. But, 553 voting to taking him back and 1 voting not to take him back is still quite amazing to me.

All that he did, and all that happened because of him, you are right. It is another story altogether.

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