Adolf Hitler Timeline

  • Adolf Hitler is born

    Adolf Hitler is born
    Hitler is born in Braunau Am Inn, Austria. His parents, Alois and Klara, come from poor peasant families. Historical Significance - The man behind the Holocaust and WW2
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  • Hitler's Father Dies

    Hitler's Father Dies
    The death of his father when Adolf was 13, He died within minutes from a lung hemorrhage.
  • Hitler's mother dies

    Hitler's mother dies
    Klara Hitler dies of cancer. The loss of his mother affects Hitler deeply and it is said that he has a photo of her in his pocket when he dies.
  • Hitler is Homeless in Vienna

    Without any means of money, Hitler struggles to survive in Vienna, living in a men’s hostel. He sells postcards which he’s drawn, of famous sights, and undertakes a series of menial jobs,to earn money. During this period of poverty, Hitler engages in much political activity, attending meetings, absorbing political newspapers and literature.
  • Hitler Fails Art Exam

    His application is rejected. His disappointment is compounded by his failure to also get into the Vienna School of Architecture due to his inability to provide a school leaving certificate.
  • Hitler moves to Vienna

    Hitler moves to Vienna
    At the age of 17, Hitler moves to Vienna, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He plans to attend art school there but when he is rejected by the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts for the second time in October, he gives up on his dream.
  • Hitler takes action to evade this by moving to Munich in Southern Germany

    Faced with military service for the Habsburg Empire, This move is possible in part due to his inheritance of a small legacy from his father’s estate. Here his life continues much as before, until world events changed the course of Hitler’s life.
  • Hitler begins military service in World War I

    Hitler begins military service in World War I
    After ignoring his army orders in 1909 because of his hate for Austria and later being rejected by the Austrian army for being too weak, Hitler volunteers for Germany. With a war happening, medical examinations were not a strict and Hitler is accepted.
  • Hitler is blinded by mustard gas

    While fighting the British, Hitler is blinded by a mustard gas attack. He regains his sight but while he is recovering he is deeply depressed and spends much of his time crying.
  • Hitler volunteers to identify Socialist Republic sympathizers

    In Munich, Hitler convinces the German army that he is against socialism and avoids arrest. He helps the army find other soldiers who did support socialism and he is recruited to be a political officer.
  • Hitler is discharged from the army

    He changes the party’s name to the National Socialist German Workers Party, (or Nazi for short) . The party represents a combination of intense hatred for the politicians who they considered had dishonoured Germany by signing the Versailles Treaty and exploiting local grievances against a weak federal government.
  • Hitler is elected the leader of the new Nazi Party.

    Hitler wins an election and becomes the leader of new political party, nicknamed Nazi. The party's official name is National Socialist German Workers Party and it believes that equality is only for Germans, not Jews or immigrants.
  • Hitler is sentenced to five years in prison for treason

    The Nazis unsuccessfully try to take over the German government and Hitler is sentenced to prison for five years for treason. While there, he dictates his autobiography and book of political ideas, "Mein Kampf," to Rudolph Hess.
  • Great Depression Begins

    When the stock market collapsed on Wall Street on Tuesday, October 29, 1929, it sent financial markets worldwide into a tailspin with disastrous effects.
  • The Jewish Holocaust begins.

    The Nazis, led by Hitler, begin to systematically eliminate Jews from Eastern Europe. At least six million Jews will be killed, many in brutal concentration camps, before the Holocaust ends in 1945.
  • Hitler becomes Germany's dictator

    After being named chancellor of Germany in 1933, a presidential election is held in 1934 that Hitler easily wins, partially because he vows to fight communism. He is now firmly in power as dictator of Germany with the title of Fuhrer.
  • Hitler declares war against the United States

    Four days after Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Hitler declares war against the U.S. Germany had no agreement with Japan, but Hitler likes the fact that he is now the center of World War II, the biggest war the world has ever seen.
  • Hitler survives an assassination attempt

    Hitler survives an assassination attempt by Colonel Stauffenberg, who places a bomb in a briefcase under a table close to Hitler. As a result, Hitler purges the army of all possible suspects.
  • Hitler orders the destruction of the Germany's infrastructure.

    Hitler decides that since Germany has lost the war, the country does not deserve to survive. He orders the destruction of the railroads, highways, and other important features of German industry, but the order is not obeyed.
  • Hitler commits suicide in Berlin

    Probably trying to avoid being captured by Soviet troops, Hitler commits suicide with his wife, He commits suicide by shooting himself in the head while biting down on a poisonous cyanide capsule.