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Hitler's Men



A brief overview of Hitler's men during the rise and domination of the Nazi Party.

A brief overview of Hitler's men during the rise and domination of the Nazi Party.



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  • The Nazis’ Leading Men (after Hitler) Germany: 1919-1939
  • Main men of the Nazi Party
    • Herman G öring
    • Joseph Goebbels
    • Rudolf Hess
    • Heinrich Himmler
    • Ernst Röhm
    • Martin Bormann
  • Herman G öring
    • Decorated flyer in WWI
    • Joined the Nazi Party in 1922
    • Wounded in Munich Beerhall Putsch
    • Held a number of key positions when Nazis came to power: one being Commander in Chief of the German Air Force
    • Was sentenced to death in the Nuremburg War Crimes Trial, but committed suicide just hours before he was due to be hanged
  • Dr Joseph Goebbels
    • Intelligent, ruthless, and a gift for oratory and organisation
    • Joined Nazi Party after unsuccessful in journalism
    • One of the most devoted followers of Hitler
    • Put in charge of the party’s propaganda – genius move!
    • Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment – after Nazis came to power
    • Leader with genuine intelligence – one of few in the party
    • FANATICAL!! – arranged for his children to be killed shortly before he and his wife committed suicide at the end of the war!!!
  • Rudolf Hess
    • Took part in the Munich Beerhall putsch
    • Went to prison as well
    • Helped Hitler with Mein Kampf
    • 1933: appointed Deputy F ührer
    • 1941: flew to Britain on a ‘peace mission’
    • Spent the rest of the war in prison
    • 1946: sentenced to life imprisonment; committed suicide in 1987, aged 93 at Spandau Prison, Berlin
  • Heinrich Himmler
    • August 1923: joins Nazi Party
    • Took part in the Munich Beerhall Putsch
    • 1929: appointed leader of the SS – Hitler’s personal bodyguard
    • One of the most powerful and feared men: was in charge of Gestapo and SS – the Nazi Police State
    • The SS systematically exterminated the Jews
    • Himmler was captured by the British at the end of the war, but committed suicide
  • Ernst R öhm
    • Former army captain and responsible for getting ex- Freikorps into the SA
    • 1931: became Chief of Staff of the SA
    • SA became major threat to Hitler after the Nazis came to power
    • 30 June, 1934: R öhm and other leaders of the SA are assassinated in ‘Night of the Long Knives’, on Hitler’s orders!! (Don’t threaten Hitler’s leadership, or you die…!)
  • Martin Bormann
    • Joined Nazi Party in 1924 (was 24 yrs old)
    • Efficient administrator – rose quickly in ranks
    • Became head of the Party Chancellery and Hitler’s principal secretary after Hess left
    • Came to control the Gauleiters (district leaders of Germany) and party appointments
    • Controlled access to Hitler and Nazi policy on many issues, including Jewish question
    • Stayed with the F ührer until Hitler committed suicide (April, 1945), then died attempting to break out of Berlin in the last days of the war.
  • Bibliography
    • Mason, K., (Fielden, P.), 2007, Republic to Reich: A History of Germany 1918-1939 , 3 rd ed., McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd, North Ryde