Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician who was the leader of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and Führer ("leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He was effectively dictator of Nazi Germany, and was at the centre of World War II in Europe and the Holocaust.
Hitler was a decorated veteran of World War I. He joined the precursor of the NSDAP, the German Workers' Party, in 1919 and became leader of the NSDAP in 1921. In 1923, he attempted a coup in Munich to seize power. The failed coup resulted in Hitler's imprisonment, during which time he dictated 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. Hitler frequently denounced international capitalism and communism as being part of a Jewish conspiracy.
20 Unknown & Interesting Facts about Adolf Hitler | decorated veteran of World War I
Despite becoming the dictator of Germany, Hitler was not born there. Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn, Austria on April 20, 1889.
On January 30, 1933, Hitler was appointed chancellor. Hitler then used this high-ranking position to gain absolute power over Germany. This finally happened when Germany's president, Paul von Hindenburg, died in office on August 2, 1934.
Hitler was named Time magazine’s Man of the Year for 1938. He was awarded the distinction for the rise of the Nazi regime in such a swift and powerful manner. The article goes into the loss of German citizens civil liberties, their fear of the speaking against the regime, and the torture the Jews, Gypsies, and others deemed undesirables.
Hitler was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize in 1939
Hitler wanted to be an artist in his formative years, but was denied by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna both times he applied. This led to Hitler being homeless for a short while and selling his painted postcards around Vienna.
The French Resistance cut the elevator cables to the Eiffel Tower to keep Hitler from visiting it during his visit when Paris fell. When faced with the prospect of climbing over 1500 stairs, he opted out
Adolf Hitler is known as the Nazi tyrant that brought the world to the brink of destruction. Hitler was known as “Adi” in his youth. His father Alois Schicklgruber changed the family name to Hitler in 1877. It is the one thing Adolf appreciated that his father did.
Hitler orchestrated what was the most powerful anti-smoking movement in the world during the 1930s and early 1940s.
Hitler suffered chronic flatulence and took 28 different drugs to fight it.
Hitler banned the Nobel Prize and created his own German National Prize for Art and Science and awarded one to Ferdinand Porsche, who developed the world’s first hybrid car, as well as the Volkswagen Beetle.
Hitler planned to collect thousands of Jewish artifacts to build the “Museum of An Extinct Race.”
A Jewish lawyer called Hans Litten put rising politician Adolf Hitler in the witness box and cross-examined him for 3 hours. Litten was later arrested when the Nazis came into power and was brutally tortured for 5 years until he committed suicide.
One of Hitler’s personal chauffeurs and close friends was found to be Jewish and was targeted for expulsion from the SS by Heinrich Himmler. Upon hearing that Maurice was of Jewish descent Hitler made an exception for Maurice and his brothers calling them “honorary Aryans.”
Adolf Hitler tells a frostbitten solider not to salute him. (Year unknown).
He practiced for speeches by taking photos of himself . . . making speeches
Hitler, while in prison, wrote to a Mercedes dealership begging for a car loan.
Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler, all suffered from ailurophobia, the fear of cats
Before the Holocaust, Hitler gave the U.S., Great Britain, and many other nations a chance to take in Jewish refugees. They refused.
Hitler gave Nazi soldiers blow-up sex dolls to combat syphilis. The dolls were smaller than life sized and could easily fit into a soldiers backpack. They initially approached Hungarian actress Kathy von Nagy to serve as model for the dolls, but when she refused, they chose a blue-eyed blond version to hand out to the solders.
Hitler was imprisoned in 1923 when he participated in the Beer Hall Putsch, which was an attempt to overthrow the government. During his time in prison, he wrote his memoir, Mein Kampf (My Struggle).
Historians report that in 1944, Hitler’s private physician, Theodor Morell, began giving Hitler injections of testosterone, especially when Eva Braun was around. They also believe that before meeting Braun, Hitler sometimes had Morell inject an extract derived from the seminal vesicles and prostate glands of young bulls into his bloodstream.
Hitler’s first appearance in Iconic Photos date from 1914, when a figure allegedly identified as Adolf Hitler was seen outside Field Marshals’ Hall listening to the announcement of the First World War. After the war, his rise in a defeated and dejected Germany was meteoric. In 1926, he became the Führer of the National Socialists; the then-37-year old was also already a millionaire, thanks to his book Mein Kampf.
The crowd gathered in Munich’s Odeonsplatz on August 2 1914 to cheer the declaration of war on Russia
His party won the plurality in the elections of 1933. On January 30th 1933 when President Paul von Hindenburg, hero of a World War, called upon Hitler, villain of another, to be German Chancellor. Less than a month later, the Reichstag burnt down in a pivotal event which paved the way for the rise of Nazi consolidation. Hitler fingered Communist agitators as arsonists; civil liberties were suspended, and countless politicians and journalists were locked up, and the communist party was outlawed. When Hitler visited Tanneberg — the site of a famous battle in which East Prussia was liberated from the Russians during the First World War by Hindenburg — later that year, the ceremony was uncomfortably patriotic and militarist. Germany rearmament began on those blood-soaked fields.
A strong re-emerging Germany was on display in pomp and splendor of Berlin Olympics in 1936. There were a few hitches for the Nazis, like Jesse Owens winning 100 m sprint and smashing Hitler’s theories of racial superiority, but the Olympics were a great success for Germany. The next year, the Fuhrer welcomed the Duke of Windsor, the ci-devant Edward VIII, to his Obersalzberg retreat.
Hitler’s plans for a Greater Germany were sown years ahead. Already in 1934, he has orchestrated the murder of Austrian dictator Engelbert Dollfuss, who was vehemently against Nazism, and set Austria on the course that would eventually led to its capitulation to his Third Reich in the Anschluss of 1938. A few months later, British Prime Minister was in Munich to sign the Anglo-German Non-Aggression Declaration. Sudetenland was transferred from Czechoslovakia to Germany in an attempt to satisfy Hitler’s desire for Lebensraum.
A little over a year later, emboldened German troops were in Warsaw, having divided Poland between Germany and the Soviet Union, and the world was in a cataclysmic world war yet again.
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