The world knows Adolf Hitler, the leader of Germany’s Nazi Party, was one of the most powerful and notorious dictators of the 20th century. He was born in Austria-Hungary and was raised near Linz. He lived in Vienna later in the first decade of the 1900s and moved to Germany in 1913. He was decorated during his service in the German Army in World War I. In 1919, he joined the German Workers' Party (DAP), the precursor of the Nazi Party, and was appointed leader of the Nazi Party in 1921. In 1923, he attempted to seize governmental power in a failed coup in Munich and was imprisoned with a sentence of five years. In jail, he dictated the first volume of his autobiography and political manifesto Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"). After his early release in 1924, Hitler gained popular support by attacking the Treaty of Versailles and promoting pan-Germanism, anti-Semitism, and anti-communism with charismatic oratory and Nazi propaganda.
The purpose of this guide is to provide you, the researcher, with the ability to do research on the subject of Adolf Hitler. You will have the ability to search the library catalog and access our databases and journals all from within this course guide. This guide also provides you with a list of Primary Source Websites and Collections on Hitler, along with important information regarding library services and departments that may prove useful to you while doing research.
Lawrence Mello, M.A. M.L.S.
Librarian Liaison to the FAU History Department