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Hitler at Dortmund Rally
Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was leader of the National Socialist (Nazi) Party (from 1920/21) and chancellor (Kanzler) and FÃ¼hrer of Germany (1933â€“45). He was chancellor from January 30, 1933, and, after President Paul von Hindenburg's death, assumed the twin titles of FÃ¼hrer and chancellor (August 2, 1934).
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