Adolf Hitler by John Toland (PT4)

Continuing were we last left our deranged protagonist, Hitler was building up mass support for his movement, now called the National Socialist Workers Party (NSAD). Soliciting funds and resources took him all over Germany and Bavaria. He spoke and cajoled people incessantly hoping to win over vital personalities to his cause which in turn would grant him more political power.

This agitating paid off. Combined with his ability to dispense with minor aggrandizement Hitler had managed to assemble a motley crew; formed from all social classes and standings, intellectuals, workers, students, teachers, doctors and more gravitated to his radical program. Attracting even Left-wing nationalists (Otto and Gregor Strassor) and Rohm (a homosexual) Hitler had managed to skirt the confining traits of “purism” and create a mass-movement which would hopefully last long enough to wipe out Jewish influence.

Activities such as speaking gave Hitler the impetus to enlarge his audience and soon his name was widely known in Bavaria. He was able to speak with the Minister President on official terms and he enjoyed intermediately heavy press coverage. Eventually this culminated in a failed “revolution” in Bavaria which lost him great amounts of prestige. Yet even though this precursor failed, several rebounding events, such as his defiance at the subsequent trial and nationalist rally on Germany Day, earned him respect and honor.

It would be exactly this kind of honor and respect which would earn him the rank to which he would launch the Beer Hall Putsch. Designed as an intricately planned uprising the Nazi leadership had intended this to be Germany’s revolution; the one which would cast out the Marxists, Jews, and traitors.

However, on the night of the Putsch the action progressively degenerated. While at first, mostly thanks to Hitler’s speeches, he was able to captivate a great portion of the local masses to his cause, even threatening, at gun point, the three de-facto leaders of Bavaria, this brazen gamble deteriorated as soon as several tactical errors were made. In short by the end of the next day not only would several dozen people lay dead but Hitler himself would be in jail.

Many thought that the debacle of the Beer Hall Putsch would spell the end of Hitler’s life as a politician. Indeed many had already begun to refer to him in the past-tense. Yet as fate would have it the Furor would persevere and upon his release from Prison become more determined than ever to “save Germany” and realize his goals.

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