1.) Adolf Hitler

  • 2018-12-12
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN staff
Adolf Hitler graced the cover of Time in 1938 as war clouds gathered over Europe. Of course, we don't need to tell you that Hitler was a bad guy. 

Editors defended choosing him as "Man of the Year," as the award was then known, for his swift reforms that turned Germany from a country made destitute by the Great Depression and the Treaty of Versaille to world power as well as his ability to annex Austria and Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland without war. 

Of course, the Nazi's increasingly punitive racial laws, Hitler's crackdown on free speech, the SS' already operational concentration camps, and the German army's rapid militarization were taking place as well.

Not to mention deadly instances of anti-Semitism (look up Kristallnacht).

That's not saying if you asked the average German in 1938, they'd disagree with Time's choice or that Hitler's decisions inevitably led to World War II.

However, he remains a controversial pick. Other influential choices that would've been less so are numerous, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Czechoslovakian President Edvard Beneš.

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