This book details the rise of Nazism from the Beer Hall Putsch and subsequent trial. When Hitler was put on trial for the attempted Beer Hall Putsch it was the making of the Nazi Party, providing international publicity for a previously minor Bavarian political Party – Much Recommended.
NAME: The Trial of Adolf Hitler, The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of Nazi Germany FILE: R2691 AUTHOR: David King PUBLISHER: PAN Macmillan BINDING: soft back PAGES: 455 PRICE: £9.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: NSDP, Nazi Party, Adolf Hitler, Ludendorff, Munich, insurrection, Bavaria, Rise of Nazism, trial, prison, Landsberg Prison ISBN: 978-1-447-25115-6 IMAGE: B2691.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ycnwnkra LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This book details the rise of Nazism from the Beer Hall Putsch and subsequent trial. When Hitler was put on trial for the attempted Beer Hall Putsch it was the making of the Nazi Party, providing international publicity for a previously minor Bavarian political Party – Much Recommended. Great events can often emerge from the apparently inconsequential minor footnotes to history. A huge volume of publications has been dedicated to Adolf Hitler, the Nazi Party, The Holocaust, and World War II, but surprisingly little has been written about the way in which an obscure Bavarian political Party managed to become a pan- German political Party and rise to power, with control of Germany, leading to a terrible war and an industrial scale genocide program. Hitler was a junior NCO during WWI, who had achieved nothing before that war and was sinking into total obscurity. He held extreme political views but that was relative. In post-war Germany his anti- Semitism and anti-Communism was not much different from the views of a great many Germans. Widespread in the 1920s was the view in Germany that they had been betrayed by the Jews and the Communists and had not really been defeated in war. It was remarkably similar to the denial of the British Remoaners after they were defeated in a national referendum on Membership of the European Union that had been built on Nazi principles. When people take for granted that they are going to win, it can come as a very nasty shock when they are soundly beaten. There is an overwhelming desire to find scapegoats who can be blamed for the defeat. The most extraordinary and transparently dishonest claims can be eagerly embraced by the losers. In this corrosive atmosphere, Germans looked for anyone who was prepared to reverse the loss. Initially, Hitler was not highly rated as a speaker by other politicians, and many thought him odd and even unbalanced, but he persevered and forced his way to leadership of the NSDP which was a small and obscure Bavarian political Party, one of many that mixed socialism, fascism and denial into a dangerous cocktail. Hitler won support from a number of people who were regarded as German war heroes. Goering and Hess were fighter pilots, Goering having taken over the Richthofen Flying Circus after Baron von Richthofen had been shot down and killed. General Ludendorff, who had been a reckless general, was another German war hero highly regarded by many. These individuals gave Hitler and the NSDP a layer of almost respectability and helped to grow the membership. However, the NSDP was fighting for recognition in Bavaria and not winning enough support to win elections. Hitler decided to stage a putsch in Munich which was theatrical, almost comic. He failed to win over the police and soldiers and his attempt rapidly failed. In Germany, where heavily armed gangs, the Black Reichswehr, roamed the country attacking Communists, the putsch might have failed to make headlines outside Bavaria. As it was, the authorities decided to put Hitler and his cronies on trial and managed to appoint a judge who was sympathetic to the NSDP. The result was that journalists from all over the world flocked to Bavaria to cover the trial, giving the NSDP massive publicity. The judge awarded Hitler and his fellow accused a token period of imprisonment in Landsberg Prison. There, he used his time writing Mein Kampf which became the bible of the Nazis, the plan for world domination and a major revenue earner for Hitler when he came to power in Germany through the ballot box and made the Reich buy copies to give to every couple when they married. The author has done a very good job of tracing the events that turned a minor individual into a powerful national leader who brought world war once more to cause massive destruction that affected virtually every nation to some extent and killed millions. The research is extensive and the writing style compelling. This will become one of the key books on the rise of Nazism and deserves to be longlisted for the JQ Wingate Prize.