In 1923, Hitler began attracting support for the new cause of a National Socialist Party. In what would become known as the Beer Hall Putsch, Hitler sought to meet with Gustav von Kahr, the de facto leader of Bavaria, and politely inform him under gunpoint that he is performing a coup and demanded support. The next day, Hitler was arrested for treason and his supporters dispersed by the police. By the time of his trial, Hitler had attracted more attention than a hipster in heat. His trial had become a national spectacle. Many came to the trial because they agreed with his politics, and many more just wanted to catch a glimpse of his chic ‘stache. Despite their opinions, he was sentenced to five years in Landsberg prison, just West of Munich. During his stay, Hitler received much fan mail, presumably filled with glitter and sealed with kisses. It was under this encouragement that he wrote Mein Kampf, an autobiography which had sold 10 million copies by the end of the war. The book described in detail Hitler’s struggles as a WWI soldier underneath a government full of “lies, stupidity, and cowardice.” Upon his release he had risen into national prominence. Immediately he began centralizing a more organized party, with himself as leader.
In 1930, the German Great Depression occurred, once again leaving Germany with a collapsed economy. The still young Weimar Republic crashed just as swiftly as it was formed, fading into the obscurity of really hard Trivial Pursuit questions. As a result, the Nazi party gained favor among the repeatedly abused German public and the National Socialists rose to the position of second largest party (coming in second to Holly Madison’s famed “World’s Largest Pool Party”). Hitler was appointed as a delegation administrator by the Minister of Brunswick, which awarded Hitler a position of German citizenship, replacing his rights as a citizen of Austria which he had previously renounced. German citizenship was key to Hitler. Using it, he could now run against Paul von Hindenberg for the then-Democratic German 1932 presidency. He ran his campaign under the slogan “Hitler über Deutschland” (Hitler over Germany), which alluded to his plans for dictatorship and presented just a pure lack of creativity in sloganing. With little wonder, he lost the election. However, President Hindenberg appointed Hitler as Chancellor of the NSDAP (Nazi Party). The Nazis, not being ones to stop while they’re ahead, took it a step further and pushed the approval of the Enabling Act which, with the support of other parties, would boost Hitler’s powers to that of a dictator’s.