Benito Mussolini creates Fascist Party in order to seize Italian government. Inspired Hitler to do the same in Germany.
Hitler Assumes Control of Nazi Party (1921)
Adolf Hitler became leader of NSDAP and began to increase its prominence in the German government.
Creation of Sturmabteilung (1922)
Hitler forms the Sturmabteilung (SA) as an organization like Hitler Youth but for older people/adults.
Hitler Youth is Formed (1922)
Hitler creates an organization to promote fascism/Nazi Party to young boys.
Beer Hall Putsch (1923)
Nazi’s failed attempt at overthrowing the German government but failed.
Hitler Imprisoned (1924)
After the failure of the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler was put on trial for treason and then sentenced to five years in prison. He only ended up serving nine months of that sentence before he was released.
Nazi Membership in 1928
In 1928 Nazi membership was at about 100,000 members and they would continuously grow as Hitler's speeches gained popularity.
Nazi Membership in 1932
In 1932, Nazi membership was at about 800,000 members and had become the largest party in the German parliament, the Reichstag.
Hitler Becomes Chancellor (1933)
In 1933, Hitler was officially declared chancellor, the elected leader of Germany,
Reichstag Fire (1933)
The Reichstag Fire was an arson attack on the German parliamentary building by a group of communists. Hitler used the fire as a way to generate fear for communists, boosting his power.
The Enabling Act (1933)
The Enabling Act allowed Hitler and the Cabinet to enact laws without the participation of the legislative body, the Reichstag, for four years. It also allowed the Nazis to get rid of all other opposing political parties.
Hitler Becomes Fuhrer (1934)
When the President of Germany died, rather than reelecting a new president, Hitler created a new position called Fuhrer und Reichskanzler (leader and chancellor).