Philipp Bouhler

Adolf Hitler-A Short Sketch

Adolf Hitler-A Short Sketch of His Life: Terramare Series Number One. By Philipp Bouhler. The official biography of Adolf Hitler, issued by the German Foreign Office in Berlin, 1938. Written by the Head of the Führer Chancellery, and published under the famous Terramare imprint in 1938, this work was designed to provide the English-speaking world with a brief introduction to the life and political career of Adolf Hitler up to that year.

Starting with Hitler’s early life, it moves on to describe his war record and political struggle to become chancellor. Thereafter it moves on to describe the various internal political measures followed by the Hitler government—from racial matters to economic and social reformation, all undertaken at the specific instruction of the German leader.

This view on Hitler and the development of peacetime National Socialist Germany is unique because it was presented from the German point of view, published as it was with the official sanction of the Third Reich government.

The author, Reichsleiter Philipp Bouhler was famous in his own right. After a father of a blind, deaf, limbless, and severely retarded baby wrote to Hitler asking that his child be granted euthanasia (the so-called “Knauer Case”), Bouhler was tasked with establishing a legal euthanasia project for the terminally ill or the severely retarded, a program for which he was accused of “war crimes” after the war. Rather than face trial, Bouhler committed suicide in 1945. Ironically, euthanasia is now (2014) legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, and assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, Japan and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico and Montana.

This edition has been completely reset and contains the entire original text and photographs.


Early Years

Genesis of the Movement

The Coup D’état

Critical Days

The Movement Advances

From Victory to Victory

Hitler in Power

The Third Reich

About the author: Philipp Bouhler (1899–1945) volunteered for military service at the age of seventeen during the First World War, and was an early member of the NSDAP, joining the party in 1920. Appointed business manager of NSDAP newspaper, the Volkischer Beobachter, his close work with Hitler led to his appointment as Chancellery liaison chief. He published several other works, include the 1938 Kampf um Deutschland (“Fight for Germany”) and the 1942 book Napoleon—Kometenbahn eines Genies (“Napoleon—the Comet Path of a Genius”).

48 pages. Paperback.


Additional information

Weight 2.26 oz
Dimensions 6 × 0.1 × 9 in

Philipp Bouhler

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