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Hitler, Adolf
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Hitler, Adolf

(April 20, 1889, Braunau am Inn, Austria – April 30, 1945, Berlin [suicide]), soldier, private first class, subsequently German politician (1933–1945 Reich chancellor). By Hitler’s own account, the First World War was for him “the most unforgettable and greatest period of my life on this earth” (Mein Kampf, 1925). Even during the Second World War, he repeatedly reminded those around him of his time as a soldier from 1914 to 1918, “when nothing troubled me”; he had “passionately enjoyed being a soldier” (Monologe im Führerhauptquartier, 1941).

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Hirschfeld, Gerhard, “Hitler, Adolf”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 28 January 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

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