Adolf Hitler

Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party

1889   -   1945

movement: ethnic cleaning, Nazism, Antisemitism, vegetarianism, Animal rights, tobacco control
country of citizenship: Austria-Hungary, Weimar Republic, Republic of German-Austria, First Republic of Austria, Nazi Germany
native language: German
educated at: Lambach Abbey, Realschule de Linz
occupation: statesperson
award received: Iron Cross, Wound Badge, honorary citizenship, Collar de la Gran Orden Imperial de las Flechas Rojas, Order of the Elephant, Golden Party Badge, The Honour Cross of the World War 1914/1918, Blood Order, Medalla Militar de Servicio del Estado de Baviera
position held: Reichskanzler, Reichsstatthalter, Reichspräsident, member of the Reichstag of the Weimar Republic, member of the Reichstag of Nazi Germany
influenced by: Paul Devrient

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Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] ( listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary. He was leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP), and rose to power in Germany as Chancellor in 1933 and Führer ("Leader") in 1934. During his dictatorship from 1933 to 1945, he initiated World War II in Europe by invading Poland in September 1939, and was central to the perpetration of the Holocaust. Hitler was born in Austria—then part of Austria-Hungary—and was raised near Linz. He moved to Germany in 1913 and was decorated during his service in the German Army in World War I. In 1919, he joined the German Workers' Party (DAP), the precursor of the NSDAP, and was appointed leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted to seize power in a failed coup in Munich and was imprisoned. In jail, he dictated the first volume of his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"). After his release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting Pan-Germanism, anti-semitism and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda. He frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as part of a Jewish conspiracy. By 1933, the Nazi Party was the largest elected party in the German Reichstag, but did not have a majority, and no party was able to form a majority parliamentary coalition in support of a candidate for chancellor. Former chancellor Franz von Papen and other conservative leaders persuaded President Paul von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor on 30 January 1933. Shortly after, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act of 1933, which began the process of transforming the Weimar Republic into Nazi Germany, a one-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideology of National Socialism. Hitler aimed to eliminate Jews from Germany and establish a New Order to counter what he saw as the injustice of the post-World War I international order dominated by Britain and France. His first six years in power resulted in rapid economic recovery from the Great Depression, the abrogation of restrictions imposed on Germany after World War I and the annexation of territories inhabited by millions of ethnic Germans, which gave him significant popular support. Hitler sought Lebensraum ("living space") for the German people in Eastern Europe and his aggressive foreign policy is considered the primary cause of World War II in Europe. He directed large-scale rearmament and on 1 September 1939 invaded Poland, resulting in Britain and France declaring war on Germany. In June 1941, Hitler ordered an invasion of the Soviet Union. By the end of 1941, German forces and the European Axis powers occupied most of Europe and North Africa. In December 1941, he declared war on the United States, bringing them directly into the conflict. Failure to defeat the Soviets and the entry of the United States into the war forced Germany onto the defensive and it suffered a series of escalating defeats. In the final days of the war, during the Battle of Berlin in 1945, he married his longtime lover Eva Braun. Less than two days later on 30 April 1945, the two committed suicide to avoid capture by the Soviet Red Army and their corpses were burned. Under Hitler's leadership and racially motivated ideology, the Nazi regime was responsible for the genocide of at least 5.5 million Jews and millions of other victims whom he and his followers deemed Untermenschen (subhumans) or socially undesirable. Hitler and the Nazi regime were also responsible for the killing of an estimated 19.3 million civilians and prisoners of war. In addition, 28.7 million soldiers and civilians died as a result of military action in the European theatre. The number of civilians killed during World War II was unprecedented in warfare and the casualties constitute the deadliest conflict in history.
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Mein Kampf

autobiographical manifesto by the National Socialist leader Adolf Hitler

author: Adolf Hitler

1925

Hitler's Table Talk

book by Adolf Hitler

author: Adolf Hitler

1951

Zweites Buch

book containing an unedited transcript of Adolf Hitler's thoughts on foreign policy written in 1928; written after Mein Kampf, but not published in his lifetime

author: Adolf Hitler

1961

Hitler's Letters and Notes

book by Werner Maser

author: Werner Maser, Adolf Hitler

1974

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