Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)

Adolf Hitler emerged from WWI in 1918 as a man with none of the normal prerequisites for success in Germany. He had no University degrees, and lacked even a secondary school leaving certificate. He had no distinguished family name and no family connections. He had not been an officer in the army. He had no money and lacked a trade or profession. He was not even a German citizen. Yet by 1932, he had built the most successful political movement of the Weimar years and had become the most popular political leader in Germany. Consumed by racist antisemitism and contempt for democracy, he destroyed the Weimar Republic and created the genocidal Nazi dictatorship.

Images of Adolf Hitler demonstrating his enthusiastic oratorical style from September 1930.

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