Birth of Dietrich Eckart, Early Supporter of Nazi Ideology

Birth of Dietrich Eckart, Early Supporter of Nazi Ideology

Dietrich Eckart
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Dietrich Eckart is born near Nuremberg. Eckart will be an early associate of many of the top Nazis, promoting the same ideas and ideology. He edits an antisemitic periodical with Alfred Rosenberg. He opposes the Weimar Republic, Treaty of Versailles, and socialism. He blames liberals and Jews for Germany's loss in World War I.

Dietrich Eckart helps fund the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (German Workers' Party) which eventually becomes the NSDAP. He is the first publisher of the Nazi Party's newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter. He writes the lyrics for the Nazi Party anthem, Deutschland Erwache (Germany Awake).

As a member of the Thule Society, he introduces Adolf Hitler to numerous wealthy and influential Germans who all follow an ideology of antisemitism, pan-Germanism, and violent nationalism. Dietrich Eckart becomes a major ideological influence on Hitler and many think that he is the source of most of Hitler's eventual ideology as well as the basic ideological foundation for the Nazi Party.

Dietrich Eckart is also a devout Christian who believes that emulating Christ is the best path for Germany to follow:

"In Christ, the embodiment of all manliness, we find all that we need. And if we occasionally speak of Baldur, our words always contain some joy, some satisfaction, that our pagan ancestors were already so Christian as to have an indication of Christ in this ideal figure."

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