Hitler: From Soldier to Politician

Dr. Tom Saunders

In 1919 Hitler became a politician. The rootless immigrant from Austria, a soldier in the German army since August 1914, discovered his ability to command an audience on political questions and to propose an organizational framework for addressing them. Thanks to training in the military as a propaganda speaker he first visited and then joined the German Workers’ Party, the party that was to become his vehicle to political power. It was in 1919 that the ‘Nobody of Vienna’ underwent the unpremeditated but ultimately momentous personal transition and career change that prepared him to lead a violent, revolutionary party committed to Germany’s dominance in Europe.