The extremely severe penalties given to Germany in the Treaty of Versailles following the end of the Great War threw Germany into crisis, ordinary families fell into poverty, the German Mark became so inflated that it was practically useless and Germans were internationally humiliated. Anger towards the Weimar Government grew stronger as time passed and through this Hatred, Adolf Hitler rose to the occasion, exploiting the circumstances to voice out his strong nationalist views and his dislike of the Weimar Government. His extreme views resonated with many ordinary Germans who grew tired of the poor quality of life post World War 1. Soon, he rose to become the supreme leader of Germany and under his expansionist policies, he led a campaign to rid the world of all non-Aryans through the invasion of Germany's neighbours. It was this trend of invasions that led to the declaration of war against Germany, starting the war.
Hitler's invasion of Poland was the trigger point of World War 2. After the attack was launched, Britain and France quickly declared war on Germany, not convinced by Germany's claims that their actions were defensive. Soon after, what we now know as the Second World War ensued, bringing despair and suffering to millions. Hitler was to blame for the start of WW2.
Neville Chamberlain, then Prime Minister of the Britain, believed in the policy of Appeasement which was founded on the belief of avoiding warfare. When Hitler led the invasion of Czechoslovakia, Chamberlain agreed to hand over the German speaking regions in Czechoslovakia in order to avoid a war with Germany. This allowed Germany to further build up their strength and military, giving them the power to launch an larger scale offensive on other countries. This source shows how the Chamberlain's pacifist policies indirectly led to the war.
This source provides both a video and an article that covers almost all of Hitler's life and political career. It describes the delusional leader of the German dictator and the suffering caused by his racist policies while also showing how his invasion of Poland ultimately led to the Second World War that killed millions. I chose this source for its well supported claims by experts and its high video quality. It shows how Hitler single-handedly started the most deadly war in human history.
This source tells me about Hitler's repeated violations of the Treaty of Versailles. He secretly expanded the German army soon after assuming office and sent troops to the demilitarised buffer zone, the Rhineland, with the British and French aware of this. I chose this source as it clearly suggests that Hitler's actions were a direct cause for the war in Europe.
This source depicts the actions taken by European Democracies, known as appeasement. It shows how the European powers simply allowed Germany to invade and annex Czechoslovakia based on the unfounded belief that Hitler would stop taking more territories as long as they allowed them to have Czechoslovakia. Britain and France handed Czechoslovakia over to Germany without their permission, supposedly as an action to preserve peace. I chose this source as it tells me how European Democracies essentially allowed Germany to violate the Treaty of Versailles that placed shackles on their military power. The rearmament of Germany went uninterrupted; Neighbouring powers stood aside as Germany started building up a massive army right under their noses. This tells me that European Democracies were to blame for the start of WW2, as appropriate action was not taken against Germany for violating the treaty and for the invasion of Czechoslovakia.