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Dawn of the Nazis: Becoming Hitler

Photo: Hitler during his electoral campaign
Adolf Hitler wrote in 1924: "A State that refuses racial contamination must eventually rule the Earth." How could Hitler succeed in conquering Germany? Nothing predestines this mediocre student and failed artist to become dictator of Germany—the Führer. The Great War of 1914-1918 turns him into a rabid racist, haunted by a vision and a mission: to save Germany. But the country is not particularly worried. Hitler is mostly considered a crank on the margins of German political life.