Adolf Hitler is most known for his time as German chancellor and for his role in the extermination of millions of people throughout Europe. Hitler rose to power in the early part of the 20th century, taking the helm of Germany shortly before World War II.
Before becoming chancellor of Germany, Hitler became a leader in the National Socialist German Workers Party. Hitler's association with the Party, which was also called the Nazi Party, is widely known even today and is what catapulted him into a position of power. Even though Hitler is remembered by many today for atrocities against the Jewish people, he was known to be a charismatic leader, drawing many people into his beliefs. It was partly that leadership that caused the Nazi Party to become increasingly anti-Semitic.
Before the start of World War II, Hitler was actually named by Time as the Man of the Year in 1938. The recognition came because of Hitler's role in the Munich Agreement. A year later, Hitler's German forces invaded Poland. The September 1, 1939 invasion is seen as the start of World War II.
During World War II, Hitler is known for making an alliance with Japan and Italy. His German forces are also remembered for invasions throughout Europe, a failed invasion of the Soviet Union and ongoing bombings of Great Britain.