It has been documented that on Sept. 19, 1931, Adolf Hitler got a speeding ticket. The German archives reveal that Hitler, who is lauded for having developed the German autobahn system, was clocked in his personal Supercharged Mercedes-Benz while he was going 34-mph, which is almost double the speed limit.
This took place when Hitler was the head of the Nazi party and not yet the Fuhrer. He tried to put the blame on Julius Schreck, his chauffeur, who served as his body double.
The ticket was recorded while the vehicle passed through Baar-Ebenhausen, located just south of Ingolstadt (where Audi is based), says AutoGuide. It’s believed that this was the time when Hitler was travelling to Munich to handle matters related to the death of his half-niece who used his gun to shoot herself.
According to these documents, two officers in different locations calculated the speed with stop watches, computing the time it took the car to go 200 meters. Instead of stopping the car, they recorded the license plate (II A – 19357) and they investigated the identity of the offender.
They then discovered that Hitler owned the car. The officer named Probst issued the ticket anyway. Later, a second document shows that this issue was marked as “settled.”
Adolf Hitler was the leader of the German Nazi Party (NSDAP) and became the Chancellor of Germany from 1933 through 1945. He was also the leader of Nazi Germany. Hitler started World War II in Europe by invading Poland in 1939, he was also a key figure of the Holocaust.
Hitler was an Austrian citizen and grew up near Linz. He moved to Germany in the 1910s and was decorated for his service in the German Army during World War I. He later joined the German Workers' Party in 1919, which would later become the NSDAP. He became the leader of the NSDAP in the 1920s.
He headed a failed coup in 1923, for which he was imprisoned. During his jail stay, Hitler came out with the first volume of his autobiography, Mein Kampf. When he was released in 1924, Hitler received popular support because of his opposition of the Treaty of Versailles and promotion of Pan-Germanism, anti-communism and anti-Semitism, often using charismatic rhetoric as well as Nazi propaganda. Hitler often linked capitalism and communism as part of a Jewish conspiracy.
By the 1930s, the Nazi Party was the biggest elected party in the German Reichstag. This helped Hitler become Chancellor in January 1933. After their success in the elections, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act. The act began the transformation of the Weimar Republic into Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany operated on the autocratic and totalitarian ideologies of National Socialism and acted as a single party dictatorship. Hitler planned to get rid of Jews from Germany and put up a New Order to fight the injustice of the international order led by France and Britain after World War I. His first six years saw a quick bounce back for the economy after the Great Depression, as well as lifting the restrictions on Germany imposed after the first World War. The country also annexed several territories that were inhabited by ethnic Germans. All of these gave Hitler tremendous popular support.
Hitler worked for Lebensraum or living space for the German people. And his foreign policy is now seen to be the main cause of the outbreak of the second World War in the European continent. Hitler oversaw widespread rearmament and invaded Poland in 1939. That resulted in France and Britain declaring war on Germany.
In June 1941, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union. By the end of 1941, the European Axis powers and German forces have already conquered most of North Africa and Europe. But it failed to conquer the Soviets while America entered the war, putting Germany on the defensive. The Axis powers soon suffered a string of defeats. During the waning days of the war, Hitler married Eva Braun, a long time lover. Within two days after the marriage, on April 30, 1945, the couple committed suicide to avoid being captured by the Red Army. Their corpses were burned.