The Traitors Gate

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Just to prove Adolf Hitler was a SOCIALIST JEW HATING lefty. In other words just like the UAF!

National Socialist Party – The Early life of Adolf Hitler

Among those vowing to overthrow the Treaty of Versailles was an insignificant corporal in the German army who was in hospital recovering from a gas attack. His name was Adolf Hitler.

Hitler was born in 1889 near Linz in Austria where his father was a customs official. He adored his mother but did not get on at all with his father who died when he was still a child. He did not do well at school. When his mother died he left for Vienna to enter art school. He was turned down by the interview panel. From 1908 – 1913, he then began an aimless existence wandering the streets of Vienna, struggling to make a living by painting postcard scenes of the city. He was very poor and lived in hostels. It was during this time that he began to pick up many of the anti-Semitic (hatred of Jews) views held by extreme groups in that city, perhaps as a result of his own failures and frustrations.

When war broke out in 1914 Hitler immediately went to Munich in Bavaria, Germany and joined the German army. He hated the multi-national Austro-Hungarian Empire and had, in fact, already gone to Munich in 1913 so as to avoid serving in its army. In August 1914 he sought, and received, special permission to join the German army. He was a brave and courageous soldier winning the Iron Cross twice – first and second class – a high military honour. It was very rare for corporals like Hitler to win the Iron Cross first class, which was usually reserved for officers. In 1918 he was badly gassed and was in hospital when the armistice was signed. When he heard the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, he was outraged and, in common with other nationalists, blamed Germany’s defeat on the communists and the Jews.

After the war he returned to Munich where he was given the task to lecture to groups of soldiers. He won a reputation as an effective speaker. He was also told to attend the meetings of extreme nationalist groups and to spy on their activities. When he was ordered to attend the meeting of one tiny nationalist group, the German Worker’s Party, it was to prove a turning point in his life.

When Adolf Hitler became a member of the German Worker’s Party it was tiny, had no money and not much of a political programme. The party had been founded in January 1919 by Anton Drexler to win working class support for nationalist ideas. The party had only 55 members, yet within fourteen years, under Hitler’s leadership, it had been transformed into the most powerful political party in Germany. How did Hitler achieve such success?

National conditions were certainly in favour of such radical nationalist politics. Germany had been defeated and made to sign a humiliating peace treaty. There were continuing threats from left-wing revolutionaries and the economic situation was very unstable.

At first, the Party was little known outside of Bavaria. There were many extreme nationalist groups in existence at the time all vowing to overthrow the Weimar government and restore Germany to greatness again. In early 1919 far left revolutionaries had declared Bavaria a communist republic. In May 1919, the Freikorps and army units had crushed the communist government, killing hundreds of opponents. By 1920 Bavaria was under the control of right wing nationalists led by Gustav Kahr. Hitler’s brand of nationalistic and racist political views found fertile ground. Resigning from the army, he entered politics and began to earn a reputation around the Munich beer halls where political rallies were held, as a brilliant speaker.

The German Workers Party adopted a new name – the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) and in 1921 Hitler became party leader. Helped by the Bavarian army with money and recruits it had become the best organised of the right wing groups in that part of Germany. In order to defend the Party from attacks as well as to break up opponents’ meetings and impress crowds with its discipline, Hitler created the SA (Sturm-Abteilung or storm troopers). By 1923, Hitler had become well known in Bavaria but not in the rest of Germany.

Hitler played a vital role in ensuring that the Nazis were more successful than the other right wing groups through his charismatic personality and powerful speeches. His message was simple. Germany had been defeated and brought to its knees by communists and Jews. Remove these enemies, he argued, and Germany would be great again. Hilter had strong principles which he held until his death. He was also a superb opportunist taking full advantage of any situation that presented itself.

The Munich Hall Putsch 1923
By 1919 Germany was in a financial mess as the economy lay in ruins. Those on fixed pensions found it difficult to make ends meet. Worker’s wages could not keep up with the rise in prices. The fledgling Weimar government was wracked by assassinations and uprisings.

By 1923 Germany could no longer keep up its reparation payments to France. French forces marched into the Ruhr, the main coal and steel producing area of Germany, in compensation for failed payments. Many Germans were outraged and the government called a general strike to make it impossible for the French to remain. However, the new German Chancellor, Gustav Stresemann, called off the strike and attempted to make the payments that were owed. To right wing nationalists the Weimar government had proved once again that it could not uphold German honour.

Hitler decided that this moment of crisis was the ideal opportunity to seize power, even though his party was only 3,000 strong and virtually unknown outside of Bavaria. Many of his followers were at a fever pitch of excitement and Hitler felt he needed to prove he was a man of action. Earlier in 1923, he had organised a Battle League of right wing groups to which General Ludendorff, the hero of World War One, had given his support. The plan was to win control over the right wing Bavarian government led by Gustav Kahr and then to march on Berlin and overthrow the Weimar government.

On 8 November Kahr, attended by leading members of his government, was due to give a speech at the Burgerbraukellar in Munich. Hitler surrounded the beer hall with his SA men and then brandishing a revolver, marched in and declared the national revolution. Kahr was taken aback and after indicating that he approved of Hitler’s action, slipped away with the members of his government. As news reached Berlin, the Weimar government ordered Kahr to crush the armed take-over.

The following day, Hitler risked all on an armed march through Munich, the capital of Bavaria, believing the people would rise in his support. Instead they were met with a hail of bullets and 16 Nazis were killed. Hitler was pushed or fell and then helped to escape. Arrested shortly afterwards, he was put on trial with General Ludendorff. He used the courtroom as a platform to make passionate patriotic speeches. The judges were sympathetic to his cause and although Hitler was sentenced to five years imprisonment, he was released after serving only nine months.

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March 12, 2011 - Posted by | UAF, UAF/SWP | , , ,

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