Eckart, Johann “Dietrich”, born on 23-03-1868 in Neumarkt, Bavaria, was a Bavarian Roman Catholic poet and dramatist, brutally anti-Semitic. Eckart of rich descent, son of a notary and lawyer Christian Eckart and his wife Anna, a devout Catholic.. He lost his mother when he was a child, his father a few years later, and at the end of his teens, he ended up in a life like bohemian full of booze and drugs, which quickly put his father’s fortune through it hunted. After some false starts in art and a few radical political movements, and after a year of studying medicine, he became seriously addicted to morphine and had to be admitted to a psychiatric clinic for several months. He then became a playwright, but no piece ever came on the stage. According to Eckart himself the fault of the Jews, who in his opinion were in charge of the German theater. He is mentioned in Irvin D. Yalom’s The Riddle Spinoza as editor-in-chief of a Munich newspaper in 1919. He blamed Jews and Marxists for his personal failure and later for Germany’s defeat in WW I. A Bohemian vagrant in Berlin, a morphine addict, he entered politics in 1918, where he became Hitler’s (did you know) (see Hitler parents) (see William Hitler) first mentor and the “spiritual godfather” of national socialism. He groomed Hitler for his messianic role. Between 1918 and 1920, Eckart edited the anti-Semitic periodical Auf gut Deutsch, published along with the main authors of key Nazi ideological creeds, including its racial theory, persecution of the Jews and Lebensraum, Alfred Rosenberg
and Gottfried Feder . Feder one of the early key members of the Nazi Party, died age 58 on 24-09-1941, in Murnau. A fierce critic of the Weimar Republic, Eckart vehemently opposed the Treaty of Versailles. Eckart was involved in founding the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, German Workers’ Party, together with Gottfried Feder and Anton Drexler in 1919, later renamed the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party, NSDAP); he was the original publisher of the NSDAP newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, and also wrote the lyrics of “Deutschland Erwache” “Germany awake”, which became an anthem of the Nazi party. Eckart met Adolf Hitler (see Alois) during a speech he gave before party members in 1919. To raise funds for the party’s newspaper, Eckart introduced Hitler into the influential circles that would eventually fund the Nazi party. On 09-11-1923, Eckart was involved in the Nazi party’s failed Beer Hall Putsch, he was arrested and placed in Landsberg Prison along with Hitler (see Paula)
and other party officials, like Rudolf Hess and SS Oberführer, Emil Maurice, but was released shortly thereafter due to illness.
Death and burial ground of Eckart, Johann “Dietrich”.
Eckart died of a heart attack in Berchtesgaden on 26-12-1923, at the age of 55.
He is buried on the Old Cemetery of Berchtesgaden, not far from the eventual graves of Nazi party official SS Obergruppenführer, Chief der Reichskanzlei, Hans Lammers wife Elfried, born Tepel and daughter, his wife committed suicide near Obersalzberg, the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat, on 08-05-1945, age 51, as did his daughter, Ilse, two days later, on 10-05-1945, age 26. Other graves of Gauleiter Paul Giesler, brother of Hitler’s favorite architect, Hermann Giesler During the funeral of Eckart, Hitler saw the young girl Maria “Mimi” Reiter for the first time and the Old Cemetery of Berchtesgaden was also the cemetery, where Hitler joined Mimi Reiter regular to visit her mother’s grave.