impossibly harsh economic situation that Germany found itself in, caused by the
war reparations demanded of it after WW1, led to growing anger and a search for
sections of the community to blame, such as 'lefties', Jews and democratic institutions.
The currency had collapsed; in 1921 the German mark was 5 marks to US$1, by 1923
it had fallen to 4bn marks to US$1, hyperinflation was a way of life. When the
government restarted paying the war reparations, Hitler's right-wing Nazi Party
could take it no longer.
this day, Hitler, with a group of Nazi storm troopers, gatecrashed a beer hall
in Munich where members of the Bavarian government were entertaining local businessmen.
Hitler fired his pistol in the air and proclaimed that revolution was here. Initially
it seemed that the Bavarian leaders had agreed to Hitler's demands.
plan was that a strike here would lead on to a popular revolution which would
eventually topple the powers in Berlin, but government forces took swift action.
next day, government troops outlawed the Nazi Party and took measures to break
Hitler led a march of 3,000 of his supporters, but they were stopped by armed
police. Hitler apparently dislocated his elbow in the fracas, but managed to escape.
was arrested three days later, he was charged with treason. Hitler was imprisoned
for what was, supposedly, a minimum of 5 years, in the Landsberg fortress. It
was here that he wrote Mein Kampf.
was released after only 9 months...