But Adolf Hitler considered himself to be far, far more than just a quintessential Army man (a model soldier). He viewed himself as a new Messiah, the Savior sent to Germany by the Providence with a heroic, noble and glorious Mission – to fight and win the existential racial war and make the “Aryan race” (the “new God’s chosen people”) the masters of our world.
Which made his Führerstaat far more than just a giant Army. It made the Nazi State (actually, the whole civilization of the Third Reich) a destructive charismatic totalitarian cult and Adolf Hitler – its very much charismatic leader.
Why the cult? Because by definition the term “cult” refers to
“A social group defined by its unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical beliefs, and/or its devotion to a particular personality, object or goal.
Nazi Germany fit this definition to a “T”. National-socialism (the official and only ideology of the Third Reich), was, indeed, a highly unusual religious, spiritual, or philosophical belief system (almost a quasi-religion). And the citizens of Nazi Germany were, indeed, devoted (committed even) to Adolf Hitler (their Leader) and to the goal of the Lebensraum.
And they were so devoted to Adolf Hitler that they developed and maintained a powerful and omnipresent personality cult of his. It must be noted, however, that the personality cult of Stalin in the Bolshevist Soviet Union (another example of a destructive charismatic totalitarian cult) was even worse. As were the cults of Mao in Communist China, Kim Il Sung in North Korea, etc., etc.
Why totalitarian? Because the Führerstaat was a textbook example of a totalitarian state. Why destructive? Because, again by definition, a destructive cult is the one whose members have, through deliberate action, persecuted, physically or emotionally injured or killed other members of their own group or other individuals. Which automatically makes the destructive cult a very much criminal organization.
Nazi state not only persecuted, physically or emotionally injured or killed thousands of Germans and millions of individuals of other nations, but was from the very beginning designed for exactly such purpose – fighting and winning brutal colonial war for the Lebensraum in the East. Inevitably followed by no less brutal and murderous colonization (along the lines of the infamous Generalplan Ost).
Why charismatic? Because in Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler possessed a dual authority – the legal and the charismatic. His legal authority was established by the Enabling Act of 1933 which gave him essentially dictatorial powers in Germany.
His charismatic authority was based on his charisma communicated to the German people by the enormously powerful propaganda (“brainwashing”) machine. Hitler’s speeches, rallies, parades, mass media, books, etc., etc.
By definition, a charisma is
“A certain quality [or a set of qualities] of an individual personality, by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman, or at least specifically exceptional powers or qualities. These are such as are not accessible to the ordinary person, but are regarded as of divine origin or as exemplary, and on the basis of them the individual concerned is treated as a leader”
Sounds like a perfect description of Adolf Hitler as the Führer of Germany. He himself believed in “all of the above” (possibly not without some brainwashing by some members of the Thule Society) and made others believe in it.
First his closest associates, then all NSDAP members, then all Nazi supporters… and then just about every German.
Consequently, Hitler’s management style was based on a deep (almost religious) conviction that the was the Messiah, the Chosen One, the Agent of Providence, the omnipotent, omniscient (“all-knowing”) and infallible leader who ultimately could no wrong and will always get sufficient protection and support from the Almighty Providence that he would need to fulfil his noble, glorious and divine Mission.
Given the simply astonishing ways he was protected from being killed (or even seriously injured) by numerous assassins, there might be some truth to the “protection” part.