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All questions related to the rise, fall, and influence of Adolf Hitler, who was the leader of Nazi Germany, and one of the principal figures in WWII history and shaping the 20th Century.

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How long did Adolf Hitler serve on the front lines as an infantryman in WWI before becoming a courier?

In Word War I Hitler served in France with the Bavarian Reserve Infantry Regiment 16 (1st Company) before being promoted from Schütze (Private) to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) and assigned to be a ...
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How did Hitler view his botched career as a painter? [closed]

It's well known that Hitler wanted to be a painter. But his painting were pretty drab and it is said that he lacked the talent. My question is how did he view his botched career as an artist in the ...
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Why didn't Hitler decide to wait until after winning WW2 to implement the final solution? [closed]

My question is based on the following assumptions. Hitler believed he will eventually win WW2. Hitler wanted to implement the final solution as part of the Nazi ideology. Implementing the final ...
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Did Hitler and Nazi officials give interviews and cooperate with the Weimar republic general press?

Politicians often purposely avoid being interviewed by journalists based on numerous arguments and if they do get interviewed they might ensure to film the interview with their own crew to expose ...
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Was Rudolph Hess a moderating influence on Hitler?

Looking at the War Diary of General Franz Halder, on page 114 of Volume VI., concerning General Halder's activities on 13th May 1941, it states:- Radke: a) Rudolf Hess affair. Political blow of ...
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Did Hitler ever tell a joke?

Did Hitler ever tell a joke, and was it funny? Was it recorded on video or audio? 3-4 different people commented on a comic claiming the artist is a Neo-Nazi. I don't see what that has to do with ...
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Who did Mussolini meet after Hitler, on arrival to Germany after rescue?

Mussolini was flown to Germany after the Gran Sasso raid. Who does Mussolini meet, after Hitler, in this video: https://youtu.be/zAWEoe1SwLs?t=24 What does the narrator say, in German? What does it ...
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What did Hitler say in Mein Kampf about the possibility of other nations allying against Germany in response to her aggression?

In Mein Kampf as well as in Zweites Buch, Adolf Hitler advocates the idea of securing Lebensraum ("living space") at the expense of other nations in wars of aggression. His substantiation, as far as I ...
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Why did Hitler repeat Napoleon's error (attacking Russia in mid-summer instead of late spring)? [closed]

We often hear that it's important to learn from history to avoid the errors of people before us. To me - then - it's astounding to think that a head of state like Hitler, surrounded with elite ...
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Is it true that Adolf Hitler foresaw a surrender on the Western front in the last week of April 1945? [closed]

David Irving's controversial book Hitler's War seems to imply that after his nervous breakdown during the battle of Berlin, Hitler realized that defeat was imminent and decided that surrendering in ...
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Could a German insult Hitler without being arrested?

According to Wikipedia, in its article about general Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck, Later, when Hitler offered him the ambassadorship to the Court of St James's in 1935, he “declined with frigid ...
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What happened to Hitler's personal possessions and real estate?

When World War II ended and Hitler committed suicide, what happened to his personal possessions and real estate? I presume that given his defeat, any will he might have had wasn't honored. Did certain ...
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Was Hitler exclaiming “Heil Hitler!” himself when saluting?

Boris Johnson in his book “The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History” writes: The only man to come through it with colours flying was Churchill’s parliamentary aide Bob Boothby, MP, who ...
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Which peace offer did Hitler give to Great Britain in 1940?

A few days ago, I finished reading John Lukacs' Five days in London: May 1940. I am puzzled by a passage of that book: When Hitler made his grand peace offer to England in his speech of 19 July, ...
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What exactly do eyewitness testimonies say about Hitler's behavior during the Munich Putsch?

To be more specific, I'm wondering if I can find any primary statements from the people who accompanied Hitler on the street where 16 National Socialists were gunned down by the police; this is the ...
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Why did Hitler order counter-attacks as late as 21/04/1945? [closed]

On the 21st April 1945, Hitler ordered the Armeeabteilung Steiner (and the ninth Army) to execute a counter-attack on the approaching Soviet forces. How and why did Hitler become deluded enough to ...
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If Nietzsche was against anti-semitism, how did he become an inspiration to Hitler? [closed]

I recently read that Nietzsche was against anti-semitism, though I understand that that doesn't exempt him from being anti-Judaism (though, I'm not entirely sure how one would distinguish the two). ...
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What was Hitler’s personal involvement in the Holocaust? [closed]

For the purpose of this question, I define Holocaust as the campaign of extermination of the Jews, not the persecutions that preceded it like Kristallnacht. I found that Hitler gave an order to start ...
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What were German contingency plans in case Hitler was killed? [closed]

There were several attempts to kill Hitler, most famously probably the 20 July plot. So… what would have happened, if that e.g. succeeded? Now, as I do not want to ask a question about alternative ...
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Why did other German political parties disband so fast when Hitler was appointed chancellor?

Not long after Hitler was appointed chancellor, opposition groups began to shut down. He, of course, had already criminalised the Communist KPD and alleged sympathisers, but I was astonished to learn ...
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Did Adolf Hitler ever address the fact that his own appearance was almost an exact opposite of what he considered the ideal Aryan appearance?

Hitler's ideal Aryan / Nordic appearance was: tall, blond, blue eyed, broad shouldered. Hitler's own appearance was: short, dark haired, brown eyed, slight and slumpy shoulders. And most of the Nazi ...
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Why was Ernst Röhm murdered?

My question is about why Ernst Röhm (along with several other heads of the SA) was murdered by Hitler on 1st July 1934? Two days before he alledgedly agreed to a go to a health resort for one month (...
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Why did Drexler acquiesce to Hitler's demand? [closed]

Quoting Wikipedia: Führer was the title demanded by Adolf Hitler to denote his function as the head of the Nazi Party; he received it in 1921 when, infuriated over party founder Anton Drexler's ...
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How did Hitler imagine his succession? (for the case nazis would win the war)

I am not asking about any resolution he might have made in the feverish April of 1945. Do we have any information how Hitler imagined the government of his Reich after he would have died from old ...
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Was Romania under German command during WWII?

At the beginning of WWII, Romania was independent, but then the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact came and parts of the country were invaded by Russians. This pact triggered Romania to join the war on the ...
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Did the Nazis identify as being Fascists? How exactly did they view themselves?

In the 1920s, Italy established the National Fascist Party (Italian: Partito Nazionale Fascista, PNF ) Hitler adopted much from his Italian allies including their fascist ideals. Even the infamous ...
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Did foreign countries respond to the Munich Putsch?

Did the Munich Putsch put Hitler in the spotlight on an international level? If so why didn't the league of nations act – or any other country for that matter? On the surface the Beer-Hall Putsch ...
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What pretext did Hitler use to justify Operation Barbarossa?

At the beginning of WW2, Nazi Germany orchestrated the infamous Gleiwitz Incident, which was used by Hitler to publicly declare, that since 5:45 we are returning fire. The invasion of Poland ...
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Did the Nazis doctor photos in order to make Hitler look as good as possible?

There are people online who swear these photos of Hitler with kids, dogs and the like are real and were covered up. https://donotlink.it/EXJq Now I already know that Imperial Japan used censorship ...
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Who were the “international statesmen” Hitler referenced in his last will as having started the war?

Having reread Hitler's last will, I was astonished by the complete lack of self-awareness or perhaps some very early onset of Alzheimer's, for example, when he writes that It is untrue that I or ...
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From 1936-45 what was the prescribed punishment in Nazi Germany for failing to join or participate in the Hitler Youth?

Hitler reviewing members of the Hitlerjugend Question I know all other youth programs were abolished in the early or mid 30's, and then membership in the Hitler Youth was mandatory for "aryans" by ...
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Does Hitler's “Mein Kampf” contain hints that he wanted to exterminate Jews on the scale that actually happened?

Imagine I live in 1933-1934 and read Hitler's "Mein Kampf". Is there anything in this book that would make me think the Nazis seriously intend to kill between 6 and 17 million Jews? I haven't read ...
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Did Nazi leaders consider to continue guerilla warfare after the collapse of Germany?

In July 1944, von Rundstedt was relieved of command in the Western front for expressing the opinion that the war was lost. This opinion must have been shared by the most of (the reasonable part of) ...
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Hitler claimed that the Jews sabotaged Germany. What did he think were the Jews' motivation for doing so? [closed]

I'm guessing he thought it was all about money? Another possible theory - he thought that the Jews thought that the Nordic race was a threat to them so they tried to bring it down. Edit - to be ...
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Is this Hitler's account of seemingly counterproductive British radio war propaganda true?

In digging into German foreign policy documents written during WWII, I found a letter from Hitler to Mussolini, dated 3rd of May of 1940 (amid the Norwegian Campaign), with the following account: ...
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Why did Hitler treat the Slavs inconsistently?

I think it's pretty common knowledge that Hitler viewed the Slavs as subhuman or 'untermenschen'; however; his attitude towards the Slavs as regards the conquests in Eastern Europe seem somewhat ...
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Adolf Hitler's DNA samples and the consequences [closed]

Are there any known DNA samples of Adolf Hitler? What could possibly happen if, given inevitable global population's DNA collection and serialization, somebody turns out to be his descendant?
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Who are the people walking with Hitler?

I was going through my late Uncles WWII photo album from his time in the US Army. To my surprise I came across one page dedicated to the Nazi army. No idea how he came about these pictures. It looks ...
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Why did Hitler not claim the German-majority areas of Schleswig?

As a part of the Treaty of Versailles, and following the results of the two Schleswig plebiscites held in 1920, the northern part of Schleswig (Zone 1) was returned to Denmark while the central part (...
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What color triangles did the different religious groups (those not Jews or JWs) wear in Nazi concentration camps?

I was recently reading through Anton Gill's 1989 book "The journey back from hell" regarding the experiences of concentration camp survivors. On p.31 of this book he mentions that There were ...
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Did Hitler spare Dundee from bombing because it “rejected” Churchill as MP?

A persistent rumour in Dundee, Scotland holds that Hitler ordered the Luftwaffe not to bomb the city because of the fact that Dundee had "rejected" Churchill in the 1922 election, when Churchill lost ...
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What year was Hitler's final known painting created?

I am having trouble finding dates associated with his paintings. Is it known if he continued painting while he was the Führer? If so when was the last known painting created?
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Why Was Hitler So Sure America Would Enter on Side of Allies?

I'm about 20 pages from the end of Kershaw's biography of Hitler. A book I'd recommend, but it is long. In discussing the events of 1940, Kershaw wrote that Hitler wanted to either quickly finish ...
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If Hitler did not create a Second Front, could the war in the East have developed very differently? [closed]

If Hitler had decided to not attack Britain, and focused solely on Russia, and only left a big enough portion of his resources there to prevent a Second front opening up, what magnitude of resources ...
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What Time of Day Was Hitler's Opening Speech of the 1936 Summer Olympics?

In the movie Contact, aliens from the Vega system contact humans by retransmitting Hitler's August 1st opening speech of the 1936 Summer Olympics, popularly held to be the first radio transmission to ...
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Was Hitler ever a member of the Reichstag?

Pretty much what the title says. Hitler apparently wasn't noted for any parliamentary activity; either he was never a member of the Reichstag (MR), or he was a quite non-notable MR. Ballots of the ...
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What was the planned line of succession for the Nazi Party in the event that Hitler died?

What was the planned line of succession for the Nazi Party in the event that Adolf Hitler died? I see that after Hitler's suicide in April 1945, Joseph Goebbels succeeded as Chancellor of Germany for ...
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Were Hitler's anti-Jewish sentiments known at all to those who voted him to power in 1933?

This is partially related to the issue that dislike of certain groups of individuals had long roots in Europe (such as exemplified by this article). Anyway, I was looking at this other question which ...
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Why did Paul von Hindenburg wrongly call Adolf Hitler “Bohemian corporal”?

Paul von Hindenburg didn't like Adolf Hitler because he was a low-ranked individual from the poor/low class. He called him mockingly "Bohemian corporal". However in reality Adolf Hitler was not ...
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Were Germans permitted to give the Hitler salute with the left arm?

I frequently come across pictures and videos where Nazi functionaries (such as SS and SA men) give the infamous Hitler salute (a.k.a the Fascist salute) with their right hand. Now this is hardly ...