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This Happened—January 5: The Nazi Party Is Born

The German Workers' Party is founded in 1919, which a little over a year later changed its name to the Nazi Party.

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Who founded the German Workers’ Party?

The German Workers' Party (DAP) was founded in Munich in the hotel Fürstenfelder Hof by Anton Drexler, along with Dietrich Eckart, Gottfried Feder and Karl Harrer. Drexler was a far-right agitator who later mentored Adolf Hitler.

Why was the German Worker’s Pary founded and what did it stand for?

The party was created to draw workers away from communism. Initially, its political strategy focused on anti–big business, anti-bourgeois and anti-capitalist rhetoric.

When did Adolf Hitler join the German Workers’ Party?

Hitler was the 55th member of the party. Between 1919 and 1920, his public speaking and propaganda skills attracted large crowds. He became chief of propaganda in early 1920. Around the same time, the party changed its name to the “National Socialist German Workers' Party”, or Nazi Party.

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