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Facts about Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler led the Nazi Party to power in Germany in the 1930s, eventually appointing himself to the position of “Fuhrer” in August of 1934. Under Hitler’s leadership, Germany entered into World War II as one of the Axis Powers and implemented a genocidal program against European Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and other minority groups known as The Holocaust. Hitler committed suicide in a bunker beneath Berlin on April 30, 1945, as the city was under siege by the Red Army of the Soviet Union.

Thirteen watercolor paintings attributed to Hitler were sold at auction in Nuremberg, Germany, on April 23, 2009, for approximately $143,000. The authenticity is not certain, but the paintings are believed to date from the early 1900s, when Hitler was a struggling artist.Reuters: Paintings attributed to Hitler fetch $143,000 (April 24, 2009)

Adolf Hitler Timeline

  • 1889: Born in Brannau am Inn, Austria
  • 1924: Wrote Mein Kampf while imprisoned
  • 1929: Met mistress Eva Braun
  • 1932: Granted German citizenship
  • 1933: Becomes Chancellor of Germany
  • 1934: Becomes Fuhrer of Germany
  • 1937: Invasion of Poland
  • 1938: German Troops Occupy Austria]
  • 1938: 17,000 Jews are expelled from Germany
  • 1939: Britain and France Declare War on Germany
  • 1940: 400,000 Jews are Incarcerated
  • 1941: Mass deportations of German Jews
  • 1941: Japanese Aircraft Attack Pearl Harbor
  • 1941: Declares war against United States & Soviet Union
  • 1943: Germany defeated at Battle of Stalingrad
  • 1943: Americans take Palermo, Sicily
  • 1944: D-Day
  • 1944: Attempt to Assassinate Hitler Fails
  • 1945: Hitler Commits Suicide