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Adolf Hitler's Rise to Power

  • WW1 ended

  • NSDAP (held a mass rally where it announced its new program

  • Nazi Party had about 3,000 members

    By the end of the year the Nazi Party had about 3,000 members. A year later Hitler became its official leader, or Führer.
  • Paul von Hindenburg was elected president

    The Conservative military hero Paul von Hindenburg was elected president in 1925, and Germany stabilized.
  • Hitler wrote volume one of Mein Kampf (My Struggle)

    This work detailed Hitler's radical ideas of German nationalism, antisemitism, and anti-Bolshevism. Linked with Social Darwinism, the human struggle that said that might makes right, Hitler's book became the ideological base for the Nazi Party's racist beliefs and murderous practices.
  • The Nazi Party won an important victory

    Heinrich Brüning was the first chancellor under the new presidential system. He was unable to unify the government, and in September 1930, there were new elections. The Nazi Party won an important victory, capturing 18.3% of the vote to make it the second largest party in the Reichstag.
  • President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor

  • Reichstag Fire

    The fire symbolically destroyed the only remaining institution capable of placing reins on Hitler's grab for dictatorial power
  • DACHAU and 9 other concentration camps were set up in Germany

    at first for the purpose of imprisoning political opponents of the regime and then for specific victims, such as Jews and homosexuals
  • President Hindenburg died

    Hitler combined the offices of Reich Chancellor and President, declaring himself Führer and Reich Chancellor, or Reichsführer (Leader of the Reich). He had indeed come to power legally
  • Hitler announced the Nuremberg Laws

    These laws stripped Jews of their civil rights as German citizens and separated them from Germans legally, socially, and politically.
  • Nazis March into the Rhineland

    three battalions of the German Army crossed the bridges over the Rhine and entered into the industrial heartland of Germany known as the Rhineland.
  • Germany took over Austria without bloodshed

    part of Hitler's quest for uniting all German-speaking people
  • Germany occupied the Sudetenland

  • Germany invaded Poland

    Britain and France had no choice but to declare war on Germany. World War II had begun.