Adolf Hitler

The life and times of Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler was chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Fuhrer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. Hitler was at the centre of Nazi Germany, World War II in Europe, and the Holocaust. After his appointment as chancellor on 30 January 1933, Hitler transformed the Weimar Republic into the Third Reich, a single-party dictatorship based on the totalitarian and autocratic ideology of Nazism. Hitler's aim was to establish a New Order of absolute Nazi German hegemony in continental Europe. Hitler's supremacist and racially motivated policies resulted in the deaths of an estimated 50 million people during World War II, including 6 million Jews and 5 million "non-Aryans" whose systematic extermination was ordered by him and his close subordinates. On 30 April 1945, less than two days after their marriage, Hitler and his wife Eva
Braun, committed suicide to avoid capture by the Red Army, and their corpses were burned.

Adolf Hitler
1934: German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) giving the Nazi salute from his car whilst at the Nazi Party Congress. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Early Hitler
2nd August 1914: High-angle view of a crowd gathered in the Odeon Platz in Munich, Germany. An inset shows future Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in the crowd. (Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Adolf Hitler in the First World War
Snapshot: First World War. Platform of the gun emplacement with german soldiers on the westfront, Adolf Hitler on the right. Photograph. Germany. Around 1917. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images)

Hitler And Mussolini
German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) and his Italian counterpart Benito Mussolini (1883 - 1945) share a joke during a drive in Florence. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Last Hitler Photo
In his last official photo, Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) leaves the safety of his bunker to award decorations to members of Hitler Youth. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Troop Inspection
German dictator Adolf Hitler (1889-1945), wearing evening dress, inspecting the guard of honour after receiving the new Polish ambassador in Lipski. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hitler Portrait
A portrait of Adolf Hitler in Eva Braun's living room at the Berghof near Berchtesgaden, Germany, 1937. Braun's rooms connected with Hitler's. She started a relationship with Adolf Hitler in 1931 and moved into his residency in 1936. (Photo by Galerie Bilderwelt/Getty Images)

Hitler And Speer
German architect Professor Albert Speer showing German dictator Adolf Hitler (right) some of his plans for Berlin's new outline and buildings. (Photo by Norman Smith/Getty Images)

Hitler Reviews Troops
German Fuhrer and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (1889 -1945) addresses soldiers with his back facing the camera at a Nazi rally in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

6th July 1945: A bust of Adolf Hitler lies amidst the ruins of the Chancellery, Berlin. (Photo by Reg Speller/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Adolf Hitler
12th September 1938: Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) the German dictator saluting guards at the Nuremberg Congress. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Hitler Speech
1925: Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945), leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP), strikes a pose for photographer Heinrich Hoffmann whilst listening to a recording of his own speeches. After seeing the photographs, Hitler ordered Hoffmann to destroy the negatives, but he disobeyed. (Photo by Heinrich Hoffmann/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Hitler Addressing
14th October 1944: German dictator Adolf Hitler at various moments during his delivery of a speech. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Anglo German Pact
30th September 1938: The Anglo German Pact, or Chamberlain's infamous piece of white paper promising 'Peace in our time', bearing the signatures of Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

The room of Adolf Hitler in Landsberg
Adolf Hilter's room in the prison of Landsberg at Lech during his imprisonment after the so-called putsch 1923. Germany. Photography. 24.8.1923. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) [Adolf Hitlers Zimmer in der Gefangenen- und Festungshaftanstalt Landsberg am Lech waehrend seiner Haft nach dem sogenannten Putsch 1923. Deutschland. Photographie. 24.8.1923]

Waiting For Hitler
A young woman in the Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia, places swastika flags around a portrait of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in anticipation of the arrival of German troops, 30th September 1938. (Photo by Becke/FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Adolf Hitler looking at a map, c. 1934
Adolf Hitler looking at a map, c. 1934 (Photo by Apic/Getty Images)

Dead Hitler
May 1945: The supposed corpse of German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, which turned out to be the body of a double, found in the ruins of the Reichskanzlei. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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