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Adolf Hitler and the DAP- The German Workers Union was conceived by Anton Drexler on the seventh of March 1918 Drexlers union consisted of about forty members most of whom were railwaymen that were banded together by shared sentiments of fierce nationalism anti-Semitism and support for the war effort Previous to the end of World War I this small union carried the rather verbose title of the Free Labor Committee for a Good Peace At this time the organization adhered to a rather straightforward program-Strikers Bolsheviks Jews malingerers and war profiteers were the enemy and it was the duty of the workers to unite behind the war effort Payne 135 However after the disastrous conclusion to the war Drexlers union having changed its name to the German Workers Party lacked any coherent program and was on the brink of collapse when Hitler inadvertently stepped into the picture When this happened the party ceased to be Drexlers partly it became Hitlers The German Workers Party Deutsche Arbeiterpartei became the foundation of the Nationalsozialistiche Deutsche Arbeiterpartei commonly abbreviated as the NAZI party Hitlers ability to transform this forty-member union into the dominant political force that it became gives us clear indication that he was an inherent leader and a master of propaganda In fact I believe that without his introduction to the DAP the Nazi party would probably never have been formed Hitler was assigned to attend his first DAP meeting on the twelfth of September 1919 in order to investigate the party and its activities for the military In the course of the meeting Hitler became actively involved in one of the arguments He refuted one person with such force that the man left like a wet noodle before Hitler
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