On This Day…1920


On This Day... 24 February1920

On this day in 1920 The National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) commonly referred to as the Nazi Party is founded by Anton Drexler.

The NSDAP grew out of the German Workers Party (DAP) and the far-right racist völkisch German nationalist movement and the violent anti-communist Freikorps paramilitary culture of post World War I Germany.

Adolph Hitler joined the then DAP in 1919 but by 1921 was the Nazi Party’s undisputed leader with Drexler becoming more and more a figurehead.  

Adolf Hitler was appointed as Chancellor of Germany on 30 January 1933.  The Reichstag burned down on 27 February 1933 and the following day President von Hindenberg granted Hitler, as Chancellor, an emergency-powers decree suspending civil liberties and the governments of the German federal states.

The rest, as they say in the classics, is history. 

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