I've read three biographies of Hitler (Toland, Fest, and Bullock), Shirer's Berlin Diary and Rise and Fall, and numerous other books describing the conditions in Germany during the 20's and 30's. Intellectually I understand what Germany was like. There was anger about Versailles (as there should have been), there was little experience in Germany with democracy, there was a general anti-Semitism in Europe that played into this dissatisfaction, and the weak response to German aggression by France and England. All of these issues and many others led to a general dissatisfaction in Germany. I still can't understand how Hitler was able to convince the population that he was the answer. His insistence on the title of Fuhrer, his dictatorial desire and tone, and his use of a private army (the SA and SS) run counter to everything I believe. I guess what I'm having difficulty with is how he rose from the fringes to power. Those who saw him as someone to be controlled were co-opted in their belief. He presented himself as all things to all people. The near ecstasy of the response of the German people is hard for me to understand. If there are answers, please enlighten me. I would be interested in your posts.The more I read, the less I understand.