Adolf Hitler is born to Klara and Alois Hitler in the Braunau am Inn, Austria
The Hitler Family Moves
The Hitler Family moves from Austria to Germany.
Adolf's younger brother, Edmund, dies and Adolf becomes introverted and detached.
Hitler Drops Out Of School
Klara allows Adolf to drop out of school after his father, Alois dies. Adolf moves to Vienna and works as a casual laborer and watercolor painter. There he becomes broke and lives in a homeless shelter for several years.
Hitler Enlists in the German Army
Adolf is accepted into the German Army at the outbreak of World War I, although he was an Austrian citizen.
Adolf receives Iron Cross + Black Wound Badge
Adolf is wounded in the leg at the Battle of Somme. Eventually, he received the Iron Cross First Class and Black Wound Badge.
Adolf Returns to Munich
Adolf returned to Munich and continued to work for the military as an intelligence officer. Hitler monitored the activities of the German Workers’ Party (DAP) and developed anti-Semitic, nationalist, and anti-Marxist ideas there.
Beginning of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei
The DAP changed its name to the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP). This was when Hitler designed the party banner which featured a swastika in a white circle on a red background.
Hitler Invited to Join German Workers’ Party (DAP)
The DAP founder, Anton Drexler, invited Hitler to join the DAP.
Hitler Becomes Chairman
Hitler replaced Drexler as NSDAP party chairman due to Hitler gaining notoriety for his vitriolic speeches against the Treaty of Versailles, Marxists, Jews, and rivaled politicians.
Hitler + Sturmabteilung (SA) Storm Public Meeting
Hitler and the Sturmabteilung (SA), the future Nazi paramilitary organization, stormed a public meeting of about 3,000 people at a beer hall in Munich. After a struggle including about 20 deaths, the “Beer Hall Putsch” failed.
Mein Kampf: "My Struggle"
Hitler is arrested and tried for high treason. He spends a year in prison, which is the location in which he dictated most of the first volume of Mein Kampf, which is German for “My Struggle”.
Hitler Runs For President
Hitler runs against Paul von Hindenberg for presidency. Hitler ended up second in both rounds of the election but established Hitler as a strong force in politics. Hindenburg reluctantly agreed to appoint Hitler as chancellor in order to promote political balance.
The Holocaust was a genocide in which approximately six million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime, under the command of Adolf Hitler, and its collaborators. Killings took place throughout Nazi Germany and German-occupied territories.
Hitler's Nazis Gain Control of Germany
After achieving full control over the legislative and executive branches of the government, Hitler’s Nazi Part was declared the only legal political party in Germany.
Night of the Long Knives
The demands of SA for more political and military power led to the “Night of the Long Knives”. Ernst Röhm and other SA leaders, as well as a number of Hitler’s political enemies, were rounded up and shot.
Hitler Becomes Supreme Leader of Germany
Cabinet enacts a law abolishing the office of president and combined its powers with those of the chancellor. This is the point where Hitler becomes supreme commander/leader of Germany. He immediately begins mobilizing for war and withdraws from the League of Nations.
Hitler along with several other European leaders sign the Munich Agreement. The agreement ceded the Sudetenland districts to Germany. As a result, Hitler was named Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” in 1938.
World War II Begins
Hitler orders Germany to invade Poland. This causes Britain and France to declare war on Germany.
Germany Launches Full Scale Invasions
Hitler escalates the war by invading Scandinavia, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Hitler also ordered bombing raids on the United Kingdom with the only goal of invasion.
Hitler Violates Pact
Hitler violates non-aggression pact previously held with Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union by sending 3 million German troops into the Soviet Union.
Western Allied armies launch Invasion of Normandy which hinders Hitler’s hold on France.
Adolf Hitler Marries Eva Braun
Adolf Hitler marries his girlfriend, Eva Braun, in a small ceremony in his Berlin bunker.
Hitler Commits Suicide
Hitler and Braun commit suicide. Their bodies were carried out to the bombed-out garden where they were burned. Berlin fell on May 2, 1945.