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7th Grade SS - Holocaust Guided Inquiry: 1919-1925: Hitler's Rise in the Nazi Party

Time Period 1919-1925


Adolf Hitler addresses a rally.

(from Holocaust Museum)


This web page focuses on Hitler's rise to power in the Nazi party and German politics. This includes:


June 1919: German's reactions to Versailles Treaty and economic conditions ("stabbed in the back", November criminals)

Germany's economic problems

Nov. 8, 1923: Beer Hall Putsch

1925: Mein Kampf published ( Nazi ideology and Anti Semitism)


Become familiar with new vocabulary in the Vocabulary box.



Anti-Semitismhostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group


Aryanused in Nazism to designate a supposed master race of non-Jewish Caucasians usually having Nordic features


Communism:  a way of organizing a society in which the government owns the things that are used to make and transport products (such as land, oil, factories, ships, etc.) and there is no privately owned property


Putsch: a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow a government


 (Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)



Read the information on each of these web sources to understand the events and decisions that led to Hitler's rise to power.


1. Post-WWI Timeline 

2. Effects of WWI on Germany - November Criminals

3.   Hyperinflation

4. Treaty of Versailles - German's reactions (Note: video does not work on this site.)

5. SA - Sturmabteilung 

6. Beer Hall Putsch      Beer Hall (Munich) Putsch


7. Mein Kampf             Hitler Re-establishes Nazi Party


8. Read the quote below: This quote from Mein Kampf was significant because it indicated a new approach by Hitler to gain power after his failed violent coup and prison time.

"When I resume active work it will be necessary to pursue a new policy. Instead of working to achieve power by an armed coup, we shaft have to hold our noses and enter the Reichstag against the Catholic and Marxist deputies. If outvoting them takes longer than out-shooting them, at least the result will be guaranteed by their own constitution. Sooner or later we shall have a majority--and after that, Germany."

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, 1924.

If you have access to it, take a look at our library copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf.  Notice how it seems like any other published book, and yet it inspired the horrific events of Hitler's reign as Fuhrer and the Holocaust. 



How Did Hitler Rise to Power?  (from

The Rise of Hitler Part 1  (from 


(Optional resources to view:)

      Full-text of Mein Kampf in English

      NPR- Failed Coup transcript

NPR - Failed Coup

OPTIONAL RESOURCE: Listen to the first 5 or 6 minutes of this NPR Fresh Air Podcast on Hitler's (and the Nazi's) views which he then wrote in Mein Kampf.   (