Hitler and the history of the “Third Reich” go hand in hand. As the radical leader of his party – the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) – Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933. By then, he had already made his plans very clear: to create “living space in the East” (Lebensraum) for the German people and to destroy “Jewish Bolshevism”. Each of these could only mean one thing: war. War on a massive scale and Hitler spent the period between 1933 and 1939 preparing for it. From 1939, Hitler invaded large parts of Europe and was responsible for the deaths of six million Jews.
If Adolf Hitler had not existed, neither the Second World War nor the Holocaust would have happened. Hitler ultimately led the German people, who had followed him so eagerly for years, into ruin. But who was this man? What turned him into such a radical anti-Semite? What came of his thirst for power?
Heinrich Hoffmann took many of the photographs in this book. As Hitler’s personal photographer, he was the only person allowed to take staged photos of the “Führer”. Hoffmann joined the Nazi Party in 1920, and he went on to have 300 employees.