During the fall out and chaos in Germany as a whole after their defeat in The First World War, but more specifically for Hitler in Munich, the
Raterepublik was proclaimed in Bavaria on 13th April 1918.
There was a general feeling within the German Army that they had been betrayed by their leaders and those at home and that was the reason that they
had lost the war.
Kurt Eisner was in control in Bavaria and he authorised Soldiers Councils in the Munich barracks.
Hitler's colleagues elected him as their barracks representative.
Obviously the Nazi Party later glossed over the fact that Hitler wasn't a part of the downfall of Munich's 'Red Republic' s' but rather he was
actively involved in it.
Indeed in later years, when faced with allegations about Hermann Esser, an old colleague, from within the Nazi Party, Hitler is alleged to have said
'Everyone at one time was a Social Democrat'.
Esser and Hitler weren't the only Nazi's who flirted with the Social Democrats in the aftermath of the First World War, so did Julius Schreck and
It is suspected that so did many more.
However, it is also thought that Hitler's comrades who voted for him were also aware of his Nationalist leanings and voted for him as a counter to
the Socialist leaning of The Raterepublik.
Within a week of the breakdown of the Republic and during a severe anti-communist backlash Hitler denounced two Battalion Council colleagues to the
tribunal set up to investigate the activities of soldiers during The Raterepublik.
Hitler was then appointed to a three man committee investigating the involvment of The Resrve Battalion of The 1st Regiment in The Raterepublik.
As a direct result of this Hitler was not de-mobbed as most other soldiers were.
With the onset of The Weimar Republic in 1919 and the Reichswehr there was 'recognised' the need for 'anti-Bolshevik courses' for soldiers and the
responsibility for these in Munich was handed over to Captain Mayr who was in charge of The Information Department and a man of considerable
Hitler had come to Mayr's attention during all the recriminations after the break up of The Raterepublik and Hitler is listed as an informant around
June 1919 and is subsequently assigned to the first course held 5 - 12 June 1919 at Munich University.
During this course Hitler heard several lectures on diverse anti-Communist theories like 'The Political History Of War' and 'Our Economic Situation
And Peace Conditions' from noted scholars like Gottfried Feder and Karl Alexander von Muller.
Hitler made a bit of a name for himself here passioantely debating his beliefs with other attendees and the lecturers themselves.
All of this and more was fed back to Mayr.
Hitler's personal grievances and opinions were beginning to take shape into a political idealogy.
Hitler was subsequently sent along with twenty five others to be instructors on a five day course at Lechfeld.
There were concerns that a lot of the soldiers had been 'infected' with 'dubious political leanings' during their term as Prisoners Of War in
Apparently Hitler took to this work like nothing he had ever done before and showed a passion and zeal previously unseen giving lectures on several
subjects himself and assisiting in other lectures.
It was here that it was first noted that he was an exceptional orator, or as he himself said, he could 'speak'.
By September 1919 Hitler had excelled to the extent that he was considered the group expert on the 'Jewish Question' by Mayr himself and indeed
began to be considered as Mayr's favourite.
Mayr had been given a list of fifty extreme groups and organisations, ranging from the far right to the far left who had to be watched.
It was the responsibility of Mayr's informants to perform this surveillance.
On 5th September 1919 Hitler, along with at least two of his colleagues from Lechfeld, were sent to watch a meeting of The German Workers Party in
The scheduled speaker was unable to make it so Gottfried Feder, who had lectured Hitler previously, stood in and gave a lecture.
Hitler had previously heard the lecture so he concentrated on watching those that had attended the meeting and noted that they seemed no different to
the many other various parties around at the time.
As he was leaving an invited guest who happened to be a noted Professor proceeded to criticise Feder and advocate Bavarian seperatism.
At this point Hitler, full of self confidence from Lechfeld, unable to contain himself, proceeded to dismantle the professors arguement.
This impressed the party leader, Anton Drexler, who gave Hitler a pamphlet, asked him to attend the next meeting and would he be interested in
The rest, as they say, is history.
[edit on 22/5/10 by Freeborn]