Drexler, Anton

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Drexler, Anton, born on 13-06-1884, in Munich, was a German political leader of the 1920s, known for being Adolf Hitler’s (see parents Hitler (see William Hitler) mentor during his early days in politics. Drexler was a machine-fitter before becoming a railway locksmith in Berlin in 1902. He joined the Fatherland Party during World War I. He was a poet and a member of the Völkisch agitators who, together with journalist Karl Harrer
   , died age 35, on 05-09-1926, founded the German Workers’ Party (DAP) in Munich with Gottfried Feder, died age 58, on 24-09-1941 and Dietrich Eckart in 1919. At a meeting of the Party in Munich in September 1919, the main speaker was Gottfried Feder.  When he had finished speaking, a member of the audience stood up and suggested that Bavaria should break away from Prussia and form a separate nation with Austria. Adolf Hitler, sprang up from the audience to rebut the argument. Drexler approached Hitler and thrust a booklet into his hand. It was entitled My Political Awakening and according to Adolf Hitler’s writing in his book Mein Kampf , it reflected much of what he had himself decided upon. Later the same day Adolf Hitler (did you know) received a postcard telling him that he had been accepted for membership of what was at that time the German Workers’ Party. After some internal debate, he says, he decided to join.
    Though Hitler was originally against the idea, Drexler changed the name of the Party to the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei or NSDAP  early in 1920. By 1921, Adolf Hitler was rapidly becoming the undisputed leader of the Party. Drexler was thereafter moved to the purely symbolic position of honorary president and left the Party in 1923. His membership in the NSDAP ended when it was temporarily outlawed in 1923 following the Beer Hall Putsch
  ,  in which Drexler had not taken part. He had no part in the NSDAP’s refunding in 1925 and rejoined only after Hitler had come to power in 1933. He received the party’s Blood Order in 1934  and was still occasionally used as a propaganda tool until about 1937, but he was never again allowed any real power.

Death and burial ground of Drexler, Anton

   He was largely forgotten by the time of his death on 24-02-1942, at the age of 58. Drexler is buried with his wife Anna,who died age 83 on 29-08-1971, on the Westfriedhof of Munich, also close by the graves of SA leader  Edmund Heines, Oberst der Flieger, Company Chief of a Stuka Squadron, Alfred Genz, General der Flieger,  Chef Kommandeur der LuftwaffeJosef Kammhuber and Generalleutnant der Wehrmacht, Inspecteur der Fahrtruppen, Rudolf TrauchTrauch, Rudolf SA leader Johannes Schweighart and SS Oberführer, Führer des Einsatzkommando 8 der Einsatzgruppe BOtto Bradfisch.

  

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