History is written by the victors. This is true. The ancient Egyptians were notorious for it. Babylonians and Persians were too scared to record negative historical events of their rulers. Romans always added a ‘glory of Rome’ slant and bias in recording some of their historical events. But, in the more common era, how did the Nazis handle their nations history and how did they record their own events?
Let’s first look at The Nazi party of Germany before they began World War 2. But, first, we must call them by their own actual party name: The National Socialist German Workers Party. They were made official in 1921 and unknown Hitler joined it that year. At their founding, they were actually just called the German Workers Party, but were socialist in principle. Hitler soon emerged as a charismatic public speaker and began attracting new members with speeches blaming Jews and Marxists for Germany’s problems. The tactic of deflecting, blaming, and vilifying opponents and opposing opinions. His popularity grew and by mid 1921, he was the leader of the officially renamed National Socialist German Workers Party. Hitler gave speech after speech in which he stated that unemployment, rampant inflation, hunger and economic stagnation in postwar Germany would continue until there was a total revolution in German life. Most problems could be solved, he explained, if communists and Jews were driven from the nation. His fiery speeches swelled the ranks of the Nazi Party, especially among young, economically disadvantaged Germans.
In 1923, Hitler and his followers used armed groups (SA toughs) to provide security at their rallies and to stir up unrest elsewhere in the country. They were then used to staged the Beer Hall Putsch in Munich, a failed takeover of the government in Bavaria, a state in southern Germany. Hitler had hoped that the “putsch,” or coup d’etat, would spark a larger revolution against the national government [kinda like Antifa and CHAZ/CHOP of Seattle and Porland]. 9 November 1923, Hitler led a demonstration through the streets of Munich, aiming to take control of the war ministry building. Armed police blocked their route, and violence broke out on both sides. Fourteen Nazis and four policemen were killed. He was jailed for that. Hitler’s subsequent trial for treason and imprisonment made him a national figure. A judge sympathetic to the Nazis’ nationalist message allowed Hitler and his followers to show open contempt for the Weimar Republic, which they referred to as a “Jew government.” After his release from prison, he set about rebuilding the Nazi Party and attempting to gain power through the election process. Never again would he attempt an armed uprising. Instead, the Nazis would use the rights guaranteed by the Weimar Constitution—freedom of the press, the right to assemble, and freedom of speech—to win control of Germany.