I don't care if there is an online rule against posting about Hitler, what is important is that it happened. We cannot change history but we are the only ones who can prevent something like that happening again; as an historian I will fight to my grave defending my right to study history, and my duty to educate others. Due to our age of online learning, there is no way we can side step Hitler or any of the other dictators or tyrants.
With that, I feel obligated to add that most Germans did not feel the need to arm themselves against Hitler during the rise of the Third Reich. Rather, most Germans admired Hitler and would do anything to fight for the cause (being that of racial cleansing in support of a whole Germanic, Aryan Europe). Countries surrounding Germany were the first to be annexed (Austria, Danzig in Poland, Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, later the rest of Czecho, Yugoslavia and many others) while Hitler reached farther and farther outside of his country to gain influence. Keep in mind, also, that Hitler was viewed as a superb leader with a head on his shoulders, a very bright man as seen by American presidents, Churchill, the Canadian PM and other world leaders. He was not stopped until he invaded the rest of Poland in 1939 so between 1934 and 1939 Hitler was not feared.
My grandfather lived in Yugoslavia at the time and he was conscripted into war when Germany invaded in 1941; so he fought with the Germans against the Allies. So did all the other countries Germany invaded during the war (with the exception of France). Opa and his comrades were not fearful of the Germans or of Hitler and in keeping with the mind set at the time, Antisemitism was a widely accepted scapegoat mentality for Europe's problems.
Anyway, all I am arguing here is that Hitler was not necessarily a feared leader. Sure, he got his position through bullying but the masses (the people) loved and supported him and that was all he needed. The minority (political opposers etc) were simply imprisoned.