Entry Into Politics

“After World War I, Hitler remained in the army and returned to Munich, where he – in contrast to his later declarations – attended the funeral march for the murdered Bavarian prime minister Kurt Eisner...After the suppression of the Bavarian Soviet Republic, he took part in ‘national thinking’ courses organized by the Education and Propaganda Department.”

In the July of 1919, Hitler was appointed a police spy of an Intelligence Commando of the Reichswehr, both to influence other soldiers and to infiltrate a small party which is known as the German Workers’ Party (DAP).

During his inspection of the party, “Hitler was impressed with founder Anton Drexler’s anti-semitic, nationalist, anti-capitalist and anti-Marxist ideas, which favoured a strong active government, a “non-Jewish” version of socialism and mutual solidarity of all members of society.”

Similarly, Drexler was impressed with Hitler’s oratory skills and invited him to join the party. Hitler became the DAP’s 55th member on September 12, 1919. He was also made the seventh member of the executive committee.

It was then that Hitler met his mentor, an early founder of the party, Dietrich Eckart. Eckart suggested ways for Hitler to ultimately succeed. He taught him how to dress and socialize, along with introducing him to a wide range of people that would come into consideration later.