Jose Manuel Barroso -
President of the European Commission
Adolf Hitler, a charismatic,
Austrian-born demagogue, rose to power in Germany during the 1920s and early 1930s at a
time of social, political, and economic upheaval. Failing to take power by force in 1923,
he eventually won power by democratic means. Once in power, he eliminated all opposition
and launched an ambitious program of world domination and elimination of the Jews,
paralleling ideas he advanced in his book, Mein Kampf. His "1,000 Year Reich"
barely lasted 12 years and he died a broken and defeated man.