Early timeline of Nazism

The early timeline of Nazism begins with its origins and continues until Hitler's rise to power.

Prehistory of National Socialism

  • 1834: The term "Nationalsozialismus" first appears in print, in Börsenblatt für den deutschen Buchhandel (Exchange tables for the German book trade) on page 36.
  • 1841: German economist Friedrich List's Das Nationale System der Politischen Ökonomie (National System of Political Economy) is published, espousing settlement farming and agricultural expansion eastwards along with economic industrialization manipulated by the state, and the establishment of a German-dominated European economic sphere as part of the solution to Germany's economic woes (predecessor ideas to Nazi imperialism).[1]
  • 1856: French aristocrat and author, Arthur de Gobineau, publishes his An Essay on the Inequality of the Human Races in which he divides the human species into three races, black, white, and yellow; arguing therein that racial distinctions form a clear and natural genetic barrier of sorts. Gobineau wrote that racial mixing would lead to chaos. While not an anti-Semite, his work is often characterized as philosemitic (since he wrote positively about the Jews), but it is still considered an early manifestation of scientific racism. Historian Joachim C. Fest, in his biography of Hitler, claims that Arthur de Gobineau's negative views on race mixing influenced Hitler and thereby, the ideology of National Socialism.[2]
  • 1870: The term "National Socialism" first appears in English, in "The sects of the Russian Church", The North British Review, Volumes 52-53.
  • 1878: Founding year of the anti-Semitic Christian Social Worker's Party by Adolf Stoecker.
  • 1884: "National Socialism" is mentioned in "Fabian Tracts", Fabian Publications, Great Britain.
  • 1888: German jurist and international law reformer, Franz von Liszt argues that criminal characteristics are innate as opposed to being determined by a person's social environment and coins the term, Kriminalbiologie (Criminal Biology),[3] a theory which renders criminals incapable of rehabilitation and would later influence Nazi anthropologists and racial hygiene proponents in their justification for sterilization and euthanasia.
  • 20 April 1889: Adolf Hitler born at Braunau am Inn, Austria.
  • 1891: Formation of Pan-German League ; Wilhelm Schallmayer publishes a treatise on eugenics, espousing that the neglect of a nation's racial fitness could have negative political consequences for a state.
  • 1895: Alfred Ploetz coins the term Rassenhygiene (Racial Hygiene).
  • 1896: The Czech National Social Party is formed.
  • 1897: Franko Stein moves a small periodical Der Hammer from Vienna to Eger.
  • May 1898: Maurice Barrès, while standing as a nationalist candidate for Nancy, France, coins the term "Socialist Nationalism".
  • 1898: German Workers Congress is organized by Stein in Eger (Cheb).
  • 1899: Houston Stewart Chamberlain writes Die Grundlagen des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts (The Foundations of the Nineteenth Century), a work which influenced many prominent Nazis. Ludwig Woltmann also publishes a tract asserting the superiority of Germanic people and promotes the need for additional Lebensraum (living space).
  • April 1902: Organization of Nationalistic Labor takes place in Saaz.
  • 15 November 1903: Austria-Hungary German Workers' Party (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, DAP) is formed.
  • 1904: Hans Knirsch proposes to add "National Socialist" to the Austrian DAP name, but the proposal is rejected by party congress conferees.
  • 1905: Racial Hygiene Society founded by Alfred Ploetz.
  • 1909: An "All-Austrian" congress of the German Workers’ Party is held in Prague.
  • 1912: Controversial book, Wenn ich der Kaiser wär (If I were the emperor) by Heinrich Claß appears, a work which promotes imperialism, rife with Pan-Germanism and antisemitic commentary.

World War I


  • 28 July: World War I breaks out.
  • 2 August: Adolf Hitler receives permission to enlist; joins the 16th Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment in Munich
  • 30 October: Adolf Hitler is transferred to regimental staff as a runner.
  • 1 November: Adolf Hitler is promoted to Gefreiter, the equivalent of a senior private or corporal.


  • Eugenicist Madison Grant publishes, The Passing of the Great Race which promotes the genetic supremacy of the Nordic race while warning of its racial decline, a treatise quickly embraced by members of the German racial hygiene movement.



  • March: Anton Drexler founded a branch of Freien Arbeiterausschuss für einen guten Frieden (Free Workers' Committee for a good Peace) league in Munich.[4]
  • 17 July: Adolf Hitler saves the life of the 9th Company Commander.
  • 4 August: Adolf Hitler awarded the Iron Cross, 1st Class.
  • 13 October: Adolf Hitler gassed near Ypres.
  • 3 November: Kiel mutiny triggered the German revolution.
  • 7 November: 100,000 workers march on the Royal House of Wittelsbach. Kaiser Wilhelm II flees.
  • 8 November: All 22 of Germany’s lesser kings, princes, grand dukes, and ruling dukes have been deposed. Kaiser Wilhelm told to abdicate.
  • 9 November: Emil Eichhorn, radical leftist of the Independent Socialists, leads an armed mob and seizes the HQ of Berlin; Kaiser Wilhelm consents to abdicate; Social Democrats demand government from Prince Max; Friedrich Ebert assumes the chancellery; First German Republic established.
  • 11 November: First World War ends.
  • 19 November: Hitler discharged from hospital at Pasewalk.
  • December: German conservative organization, Stahlhelm, Bund der Frontsoldaten founded by former German Army reserve officer and industrialist Franz Seldte in Magdeburg.
  • Mid-December: First Freikorps unit formed; Maercker Volunteer Rifles.


  • January: Independent Socialists and Spartacist League staged large protests, known as the Spartacist uprising; large sections of Berlin seized; German Gov. moved to the city of Weimar.
  • 5 January: Anton Drexler, along with Dietrich Eckart, Karl Harrer, Gottfried Feder and Hermann Esser, founds the German Workers' Party (DAP) from the branch of "Free Workers' Committee for a good Peace" league and the Political Workers' Circle in Munich.[4]
  • 10 January: Battle of Berlin begins; Counter-revolution with Freikorps takes crucial role.
  • 13 January: Battle of Berlin ends.
  • 15 January: Communist leaders Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg are murdered by Freikorps officers
  • March: Adolf Hitler finishes job of guarding Russian prisoners.
  • 3 March: 2nd Battle for Berlin; Communists seize Berlin; Gustav Noske appointed dictator of Germany.
  • 7 March: Communist Strike Committee withdraws proclamation and makes peace overtures to government.
  • 10 March: Gustav Noske orders Peoples’ Naval Division disbanded. Battle for Berlin over.
  • 14 April: Freikorps suppress communists in Dresden.
  • 16 April: "Battle" of the Bavarian government troops at Dachau; Communists defeat Republican forces.
  • 18 April: Freikorps suppress communists in Brunswick.
  • 27 April: Battle for Munich occurs between Communists and Freikorps units.
  • 2 May: City of Munich taken; not declared secure until May 6; approximately 1200 Communists slaughtered.
  • 10 May: Freikorps suppress communists in Leipzig.
  • 22 June: German Reichstag ratifies the Versailles Treaty.
  • 28 June: Versailles Treaty signed in the Hall of Mirrors (Palace of Versailles).

Weimar Republic


  • 12 August 1919: The Weimar Constitution is announced.
  • 12 September 1919: Adolf Hitler attends a meeting of the German Workers' Party (DAP) in the Sterneckerbräu in Munich and joins the party as its 55th member.[5][6] In less than a week, Hitler received a postcard stating he had officially been accepted as a party member.[7]
  • 16 October 1919: Hitler's first pre-arranged public speech as a member of the DAP takes place in the Hofbräukeller.
  • Late fall: Freikorps fight the Red Army in the Baltic, eventually retreat in chaos; first Silesian uprising, in which many Freikorps see combat.


  • Many Freikorps were disbanded. Some go underground, to reappear later.
  • January: The DAP grows to 190 members.[8]
  • February: Inter-Allied Control Commission order 2/3 of Freikorps disbanded.
  • 24 February: DAP changes its name to National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP). The party announces its programme in the Hofbräuhaus, known as the "25 points."[9][10][11]
  • 13 March to 17 March: Kapp Putsch
  • 31 March: Adolf Hitler mustered out of the army.[12]
  • April: Government stops paying Freikorps units.
  • 3 April: 21 different Freikorps units, under the command of General Baron Oskar von Watter, annihilate the Ruhr Uprising in five days; thousands killed.
  • 10 May: Dr. Joseph Wirth and Walter Rathenau announce their "Policy of Fulfillment"; not received well by nationalist groups.
  • 8 August: Official founding date of the NSDAP
  • 11 August: National Disarmament Law takes effect; disbands civil guards.
  • 19 August to 25 August: Second Silesian uprising, German Freikorps see more combat.
  • 17 December: NSDAP buys its first paper, the Völkischer Beobachter.
  • 31 December: NSDAP party membership was recorded at 2000.[8]


  • Third Silesian uprising; German forces see more combat.
  • Hermann Erhardt forms Organisation Consul, a paramilitary group, out of former members of his banned Freikorps.
  • Eugen Fischer, Erwin Baur, and Fritz Lenz publish the standard work of German racialism, Menschliche Erblichkeitslehre und Rassenhygiene (Human Hereditary Teaching and Racial Hygiene), a work which later helps form part of the scientific basis to the Nazi racial hygiene policies and their euthanasia campaign.[13]
  • February 1921: highly effective at speaking to large audiences—Hitler spoke to a crowd of over 6,000 in Munich.[8]
  • 28 July: Adolf Hitler is elected Vorsitzender (chairman) of the NSDAP with only one dissenting vote. Executive Committee of the party is dissolved. Party Founder Anton Drexler is made "Honorary Chairman" and resigns from the party soon after. Hitler soon begins to refer to himself as "Der Führer" (The Leader).[14]
  • August 1921: NSDAP party membership was recorded at 3,300.[8]


  • Prototype versions of the Hitler Youth form.
  • The Prussian State Health Commission for Racial Hygiene (Preussischer Landesgesundheitsrat für Rassenhygiene) works to centralise the institute's research concerning the practical application of racial hygiene, eugenics and anthropology.[15]
  • 12 January: Adolf Hitler sentenced to three months for disturbance of 14 September 1921.
  • 24 June: Hitler incarcerated; German Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau assassinated, some involved are in the Organisation Consul.
  • July: Inflation hits the German economy: 670 RM = 1 US$
  • 27 July: Hitler released.
  • August: 2,000 RM = 1 USD
  • October: 4,500 RM = 1 USD
  • 28 October: Benito Mussolini establishes his Fascist dictatorship in Italy.
  • November: 10,000 RM = 1 USD
  • 22 November: Dr. Wirth leaves office
  • 27 December: France occupies the Ruhr.


  • 28 January: First Parteitage (Nazi Party Day) held under the slogan Deutschland Erwache (Germany Awake) in Munich.
  • February: Reichsbank buys back RM; stabilizes RM at 20,000 to 1 USD
  • 4 May: RM 40,000 = 1 USD
  • 27 May: Albert Leo Schlageter, a German freebooter and saboteur, executed by a French firing squad in the Ruhr. Hitler declared him a hero that the German people was not worthy to possess.
  • 1 June: RM 70,000-1 USD
  • 30 June: RM 150,000-1USD
  • 1-7 August: Inflation became hyperinflation: RM 3,500,000-1USD
  • 13 August: Dr. Wilhelm Cuno leaves office
  • 15 August: RM 4,000,000-1USD
  • 1 September: RM 10,000,000-1USD
  • 1 September: German Day Rally takes place in Nuremberg
  • 24 September: Chancellor Stresemann ends the passive resistance in the Ruhr; infuriates the nationalists.
  • 30 September: Major Fedor von Bock crushes a coup attempt by the Black Reichswehr.
  • RM 60,000,000-1USD
  • 6 October: Dr. Gustav Stresemann (People’s) forms 2nd cabinet
  • 20 October: General Alfred Mueller marched on Saxony to prevent a communist takeover.
  • General Otto von Lossow in Bavaria is relieved of command by Berlin; he refuses.
  • 23 October: Communist takeover of Hamburg
  • 25 October: Hamburg uprising suppressed
  • 8 November: Hitler and Ludendorff launch the Beer Hall Putsch in the Bürgerbräukeller in Munich.
  • 9 November: Beer Hall Putsch quelled.


  • 26 February: Hitler Putsch trial begins.
  • 1 April: Hitler sentenced to five-years at Landsberg prison. From here, Hitler writes Mein Kampf with the assistance of Rudolf Hess.
  • 24 October: France recognizes the Communist state known as the Soviet Union, alarming German conservatives in the process.
  • 20 December: Hitler released from the Landsberg Prison.


  • 21 January: Japan recognizes the U.S.S.R.
  • 16 February 1925: Bavaria lifts ban on NSDAP.
  • 24 February 1925: The NSDAP is refounded.
  • 09 Mar 1925: Bavaria bans Hitler from public speaking.
  • 7 July: French troops withdraw from the German Rhineland.
  • 14 July: Allied evacuation of the Ruhr valley begins.
  • 18 July 1925: Vol. 1 of Hitler's Mein Kampf released.
  • July–August: Germans are forced to leave Poland and Poles are expedited out of Germany in disputed territories.
  • 11 November: Schutzstaffel created as a sort of praetorian guard for Hitler.
  • 27 November: Locarno Treaties ratified by Reichstag.


  • 4 July: Nazi Party "Re-founding Congress" takes place in Weimar


  • 05 Mar: Hitler speaking ban lifted in Bavaria.
  • 17 August: Franco-German commercial treaty signed.
  • 20 August: "Day of Awakening" celebrated in Nuremberg


  • 20 March: NSDAP gains 2.6% of the vote in Reichstag elections.
  • 28 September: Prussia lifts Hitler speaking ban.
  • 20 October: Alfred Hugenberg becomes head of DNVP
  • 16 November: Hitler first speaks at Berlin Sportpalast, Germany's largest venue.


  • January: Heinrich Himmler appointed chief of the SS. He begins to transform it into a powerful organization
  • 2 August: "Party Day of Composure" occurs in Nuremberg
  • 16 October: Liberty Law campaign officially begins. The Nazi Party joins a coalition of conservative groups under Hugenberg's leadership to oppose the Young Plan.
  • 22 December: The Liberty Law referendum is defeated. Hitler denounces Hugenberg's leadership parlance.


  • September: Hitler at trial of 3 SA Lieutenants disavows the SA goals of replacing the army and hence appeases the army.
  • 14 September: In a milestone election, Nazis gain 6 million votes in national polling to emerge as the second largest party in Germany.


  • 11 May: Austrian Kreditanstalt collapses
  • May: Four million unemployed in Germany.
  • 20 June: Herbert Hoover puts moratorium on reparations.
  • 13 July: German bank crisis.
  • 18 September: Geli Raubal dies.
  • 11 October: Harzburg Front formed of coalition between DNVP, Stahlhelm, and Nazi Party
  • Himmler recruits Reinhard Heydrich to form the 'Ic Service' (intelligence service) within the SS; later in 1932 it was renamed the Sicherheitsdienst (SD).
  • December: Unemployment (Arbeitslosigkeit) reaches 5.6 million in Germany as people become more and more disillusioned with the German government.


  • 13 March: Hitler convincingly defeated by Hindenburg in his first bid for German president.
  • 10 April: Hindenburg re-elected Reichspräsident with 53% of the vote. Hitler gains 37% and the communist candidate Thälmann gains 10.2%.
  • 13 April: The SA and SS are prohibited from existing by Chancellor Brüning.
  • 30 May: Henrich Bruening (Center) leaves office and is replaced by Franz von Papen.
  • 1 June: Franz von Papen cabinet
  • 16 June: Papen lifts the ban on the SA and SS.
  • 16 June - 9 July: The Lausanne conference takes place.
  • 20 July: "Preußenschlag": Papen dissolves Prussian government.
  • 31 July: Reichstag elections: Nazi party becomes the largest party with 13.7 million votes and acquire 230 out of 608 seats in the Reichstag.
  • 9 August: Konrad Piecuch, a Polish communist activist who took part in Silesian Uprisings against German rule is murdered in Germany by SA; Hitler defends the murderers in German press.
  • 6 November: Reichstag elections: Nazi party loses votes.
  • 17 November: Franz von Papen leaves office.
  • 2 December: Reichswehr General Kurt von Schleicher becomes Chancellor for a very brief period.
  • 18 December: Major dispute between NSDAP figures Gregor Strasser and Hitler erupts. Strasser resigns from the Nazi party.

Nazi Revolution


  • 4 January: Secret meeting between Hitler and Papen occurs.
  • 23 January: Schleicher resigns as Chancellor.
  • 30 January: President Hindenburg appoints Hitler chancellor of a Nazi-DNVP coalition.
  • 1 February: Dissolution of the Reichstag
  • 2 February: Hitler meets with top military leaders, describes his plans to rearm Germany.
  • 17 February: Prussian Interior Ministry permits the shooting of "enemies of the state" under the direction of Hermann Göring.
  • 20 February: Secret Meeting between Adolf Hitler, and 20 to 25 industrialists to raise funds for the election campaign of the Nazi Party.
  • 27 February: Reichstag fire occurs, it was officially blamed on Marinus van der Lubbe, a communist.
  • 28 February: Hitler awarded emergency powers under the presidential decree, Law for the Protection of People and State ("Reichstag Fire Decree"): civil liberties suspended. Gleichschaltung ("coordination"), the process of exerting totalitarian control over Germany, begins. Over the next five months, the Nazis systematically force all opposition political parties to shut down.
  • 5 March: General Elections result in slim majority of Hitler's coalition, though not a majority for the Nazi Party.
  • 9 March: Heinrich Himmler becomes Police President in Munich.
  • 13 March: Joseph Goebbels named Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda.
  • 16 March: Hjalmar Schacht takes over the role of President of the Reichsbank from Hans Luther.
  • 17 March: Sepp Dietrich assumes command of Hitler's body guard, the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler.
  • 22 March: Dachau concentration camp opens, begins receiving political prisoners. First Nazi "racial hygiene" office established in the Interior Ministry.
  • 24 March: Enabling Act, passed with help of Catholic Center Party, effectively hands the legislative powers of the Reichstag over to the Chancellor. Act permits Chancellor and cabinet to issue laws without a vote of Parliament and to deviate from the Constitution.
  • 1 April: One day boycott of Jewish shops. Himmler is appointed police commander of Bavaria.
  • 7 April: "Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service" - Jewish and Communist inclined workers from the Civil Service purged, around 5% removed in total. Nazi governors appointed to rule the German states. End of federalism. Papen resigns as Reich Commissioner of Prussia.
  • 26 April: Hermann Göring forms the Gestapo (Secret State Police) in the state of Prussia.
  • 2 May: Trade union offices are stormed by SA.
  • 10 May: Deutsche Arbeitsfront DAF (German Labour Front) created and headed by Robert Ley
  • 10 May: A large number of Nazi book burnings takes place across Germany.
  • 23 May: Hitler visits Kiel Harbor to see the fleet consisting of the old pre-dreadnought battleships Schlesien, Hessen, and Schleswig-Holstein and the light cruisers Karlsruhe, Königsberg, and Leipzig. He boards Leipzig with leading SS and government officials including General Werner von Blomberg, Admiral Erich Raeder, Hermann Göring, and Franz von Papen.
  • 6 July: At a gathering of high-ranking Nazi officials, Hitler declares the success of the National Socialist, or Nazi revolution.
  • 14 July: Hitler proclaims the Nazi Party "the only political party in Germany." All others banned.
  • 20 July: Reichskonkordat signed with Holy See. Violations by Germany begin immediately.
  • 22 September: The Reich Chamber of Culture is established with Joseph Goebbels becoming its figurehead.
  • 14 October: Germany officially withdraws from the League of Nations.
  • 9 November: Freikorps symbolically pledge allegiance to Hitler in a huge ceremony.
  • 12 November: Reichstag elections occur with the Nazis acquiring 95.2 percent of the vote (unsurprisingly) in a new single-party state.
  • 27 November: Kraft durch Freude (Strength through Joy) program established.
  • 30 November: The secret state police organization known as the Gestapo, which had only previously existed in Prussia is given authority throughout Germany.
  • November: As part of the Rauschgiftbekämpfung ("war on drugs"), the Reichstag passes a law allowing the imprisonment of drug addicts for up to two years, a period that could be extended indefinitely by legal decree.[16]
  • Fall: Hitler reveals to his close associates a plan to annex Western Poland and create a ring of puppet states around Germany without any policies of their own[17]


  • 11 April: Pact of the Deutschland: Hitler persuades the top officials of the army and navy to back his bid to succeed Hindenburg as president, by promising to "diminish" the three-million-man plus SA and greatly expand the regular army and navy.
  • 20 April: Gestapo is transferred from Göring to Himmler & Heydrich, who begin to integrate it into the SS.
  • 16 May: German officer corps endorses Hitler to succeed the ailing President Hindenburg.
  • 30 June - 2 July: Night of the Long Knives or Blood Purge: On pretext of suppressing an alleged SA putsch, much of the brownshirt leadership (i.e. Ernst Röhm) are arrested and executed. Schleicher and other political enemies are murdered. Papen briefly imprisoned; between 150 and 200 were killed. The SS, formerly part of the SA, now comes to the forefront.[18]
  • 13 July: Defending the purge, Hitler declares that to defend Germany he has the right to act unilaterally as "supreme judge" without resort to courts.
  • 2 August: President Hindenburg died. The previous day, the cabinet had enacted the "Law Concerning the Highest State Office of the Reich". This law stated that upon Hindenburg's death, the office of president would be abolished and its powers merged with those of the chancellor.[19] The decree is illegal but goes unchallenged. The army swear oath to Hitler.[20]
  • 19 August: The German people in a plebiscite overwhelmingly (90%) approve merger of the offices of President and Chancellor. Hitler assumes the new title of Führer und Reichskanzler (leader and Reich chancellor). He is now both the head of state as well as the head of the government.[21]

See also



  1. ^ Woodruff Smith, The Ideological Origins of Nazi Imperialism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1989), pp. 30-31, 36, 78-79.
  2. ^ Joachim Fest, Hitler (Orlando, FL.: Harcourt, 2002), pp. 210-211.
  3. ^ Anton Weiss-Wendt and Rory Yeomans, eds., Racial Science in Hitler's New Europe, 1938-1945 (Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2013), p. 6.
  4. ^ a b Kershaw 2008, p. 82.
  5. ^ Stackelberg 2007, p. 9.
  6. ^ Mitcham 1996, p. 67.
  7. ^ Kershaw 2008, pp. 75, 76.
  8. ^ a b c d Kershaw 2008, p. 89.
  9. ^ Kershaw 2008, p. 87.
  10. ^ Zentner & Bedurftig 1997, p. 629.
  11. ^ Shirer 1960, p. 37.
  12. ^ Kershaw 2008, p. 93.
  13. ^ Beno Müller Hull, "Human Genetics in Nazi Germany", in Medicine, Ethics and the Third Reich, edited by John J. Michalczyk (Kansas City, MO: Sheed & Ward, 1994), pp. 27-33.
  14. ^ Kershaw 2008, p. 83.
  15. ^ Gretchen E. Schafft, From Racism to Genocide: Anthropology in the Third Reich (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004), p. 47.
  16. ^ Norman Ohler (7 March 2017). Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 22. ISBN 978-1-328-66409-9.
  17. ^ Majer, Diemut (2003). Non-Germans under the Third Reich: The Nazi judicial and administrative system in Germany and occupied Eastern Europe with special regard to occupied Poland, 1939—1945. JHU Press. pp. 188–9. ISBN 0-8018-6493-3.
  18. ^ Kershaw 2008, pp. 309–316.
  19. ^ Shirer 1960, pp. 226–227.
  20. ^ Martin Broszat, Hans Buchheim, Hans-Adolf Jacobsen, and Helmut Krausnick, Anatomie des SS-Staates, vol 1. (München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1967), p. 18.
  21. ^ Kershaw 2008, p. 318.


  • Brustein, William (1996). The Logic of Evil, The Social Origins of the Nazi Party, 1925-1933. Yale University Press, New Haven, CT. pp. 191–193.
  • Kershaw, Ian (2008). Hitler: A Biography. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 978-0-393-06757-6.
  • Mitcham, Samuel W. (1996). Why Hitler?: The Genesis of the Nazi Reich. Westport, Conn: Praeger. ISBN 978-0-275-95485-7.
  • Shirer, William L. (1960). The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-671-62420-0.
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Adolf Hitler's rise to power

Adolf Hitler's rise to power began in Germany in September 1919 when Hitler joined the political party then known as the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – DAP (German Workers' Party). The name was changed in 1920 to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers' Party, commonly known as the Nazi Party). It was anti-Marxist and opposed to the democratic post-war government of the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles, advocating extreme nationalism and Pan-Germanism as well as virulent anti-Semitism. Hitler's "rise" can be considered to have ended in March 1933, after the Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act of 1933 in that month. President Paul von Hindenburg had already appointed Hitler as Chancellor on 30 January 1933 after a series of parliamentary elections and associated backroom intrigues. The Enabling Act—when used ruthlessly and with authority—virtually assured that Hitler could thereafter constitutionally exercise dictatorial power without legal objection.

Adolf Hitler rose to a place of prominence in the early years of the party. Being one of its best speakers, he told the other members to either make him leader of the party or he would never return. He was aided in part by his willingness to use violence in advancing his political objectives and to recruit party members who were willing to do the same. The Beer Hall Putsch in November 1923 and the later release of his book Mein Kampf (Translation: My Struggle) expanded Hitler's audience. In the mid-1920s, the party engaged in electoral battles in which Hitler participated as a speaker and organizer, as well as in street battles and violence between the Rotfrontkämpferbund and the Nazis' Sturmabteilung (SA). Through the late 1920s and early 1930s, the Nazis gathered enough electoral support to become the largest political party in the Reichstag, and Hitler's blend of political acuity, deceptiveness and cunning converted the party's non-majority but plurality status into effective governing power in the ailing Weimar Republic of 1933.

Once in power, the Nazis created a mythology surrounding the rise to power, and they described the period that roughly corresponds to the scope of this article as either the Kampfzeit (the time of struggle) or the Kampfjahre (years of struggle).

Beer Hall Putsch

The Beer Hall Putsch, also known as the Munich Putsch, and, in German, as the Hitlerputsch, Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsch, Bürgerbräu-Putsch or Marsch auf die Feldherrnhalle ("March on the Field Marshals's Hall"), was a failed coup d'état by the Nazi Party (NSDAP) leader Adolf Hitler—along with Generalquartiermeister Erich Ludendorff and other Kampfbund leaders—to seize power in Munich, Bavaria, which took place from 8 November to 9 November 1923. Approximately two thousand Nazis were marching to the Feldherrnhalle, in the city center, when they were confronted by a police cordon, which resulted in the death of 16 Nazis and four police officers. Hitler, who was wounded during the clash, escaped immediate arrest and was spirited off to safety in the countryside. After two days, he was arrested and charged with treason.The putsch brought Hitler to the attention of the German nation and generated front-page headlines in newspapers around the world. His arrest was followed by a 24-day trial, which was widely publicised and gave him a platform to publicise his nationalist sentiment to the nation. Hitler was found guilty of treason and sentenced to five years in Landsberg Prison, where he dictated Mein Kampf to his fellow prisoners Emil Maurice and Rudolf Hess. On 20 December 1924, having served only nine months, Hitler was released. Hitler now saw that the path to power was through legal means rather than revolution or force, and accordingly changed his tactics, further developing Nazi propaganda.


A demagogue (from Greek δημαγωγός, a popular leader, a leader of a mob, from δῆμος, people, populace, the commons + ἀγωγός leading, leader) or rabble-rouser is a leader who gains popularity in a democracy by exploiting prejudice and ignorance to arouse the common people against elites, whipping up the passions of the crowd and shutting down reasoned deliberation. Demagogues overturn established norms of political conduct, or promise or threaten to do so.Historian Reinhard Luthin defined demagogue thus: "What is a demagogue? He is a politician skilled in oratory, flattery and invective; evasive in discussing vital issues; promising everything to everybody; appealing to the passions rather than the reason of the public; and arousing racial, religious, and class prejudices—a man whose lust for power without recourse to principle leads him to seek to become a master of the masses. He has for centuries practiced his profession of 'man of the people'. He is a product of a political tradition nearly as old as western civilization itself."Demagogues have appeared in democracies since ancient Athens. They exploit a fundamental weakness in democracy: because ultimate power is held by the people, it is possible for the people to give that power to someone who appeals to the lowest common denominator of a large segment of the population. Demagogues usually advocate immediate, forceful action to address a national crisis while accusing moderate and thoughtful opponents of weakness or disloyalty. Once elected to high executive office, demagogues typically unravel constitutional limits on executive power and attempt to convert their democracy to dictatorship.

Whereas conventional wisdom sets up democracy and fascism as opposites, to ancient political theorists democracy had an innate tendency to lead to extreme populist government, and provided unscrupulous demagogues with the ideal opportunity to seize power. In Democracy, Fascism and the New World Order ((Imprint Academic, 2003), Ivo Mosley, grandson of the notorious British blackshirt Oswald Mosley argues that totalitarian regimes may well be the logical outcome of unfettered mass democracy.

Index of World War II articles (E)

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E. Ion Pool

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E. R. Stephenson

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List of books about Nazi Germany

This is a list of books about Nazi Germany, the state that existed in Germany during the period from 1933 to 1945, when its government was controlled by Adolf Hitler and his National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP; Nazi Party). It also includes some important works on the development of Nazi imperial ideology, totalitarianism, German society during the era, the formation of anti-Semitic racial policies, the post-war ramifications of Nazism, along with various conceptual interpretations of the Third Reich.

Political views of Adolf Hitler

The political views of Adolf Hitler have presented historians and biographers with some difficulty. His writings and methods were often adapted to need and circumstance, although there were some steady themes, including antisemitism, anti-communism, anti-parliamentarianism, German Lebensraum ("living space"), belief in the superiority of an "Aryan race" and an extreme form of German nationalism. Hitler personally claimed he was fighting against "Jewish Marxism".Adolf Hitler's political views were formed during three periods, namely (1) his years as a poverty-stricken young man in Vienna and Munich prior to World War I, during which he turned to nationalist-oriented political pamphlets and antisemitic newspapers out of distrust for mainstream newspapers and political parties; (2) the closing months of World War I when Germany lost the war as Hitler is said to have developed his extreme nationalism during this time, desiring to "save" Germany from both external and internal "enemies" who in his view betrayed it; (3) and the 1920s, during which his early political career began and he wrote Mein Kampf. Hitler formally renounced his Austrian citizenship on 7 April 1925, but did not acquire German citizenship until almost seven years later; thereby allowing him to run for public office. Hitler was influenced by Benito Mussolini, who was appointed Prime Minister of Italy in October 1922 after his "March on Rome". In many ways, Hitler epitomizes "the force of personality in political life" as mentioned by Friedrich Meinecke. He was essential to the very framework of Nazism's political appeal and its manifestation in Germany. So important were Hitler's views that they immediately affected the political policies of Nazi Germany. He asserted the Führerprinzip ("leader principle"). The principle relied on absolute obedience of all subordinates to their superiors. Hitler viewed the party structure and later the government structure as a pyramid, with himself—the infallible leader—at the apex.Hitler firmly believed that the force of "will" was decisive in determining the political course for a nation and rationalized his actions accordingly. Given that Hitler was appointed "leader of the German Reich for life", he "embodied the supreme power of the state and, as the delegate of the German people", it was his role to determine the "outward form and structure of the Reich". To that end, Hitler's political motivation consisted of an ideology that combined traditional German and Austrian antisemitism with an intellectualized racial doctrine resting on an admixture of bits and pieces of social Darwinism and the ideas—mostly obtained second-hand and only partially understood—of Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, Richard Wagner, Houston Stewart Chamberlain, Arthur de Gobineau and Alfred Rosenberg as well as Paul de Lagarde, Georges Sorel, Alfred Ploetz and others.


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