(1884 - 1942)
Anton Drexler was a Munich locksmith and member of
the völkisch agitators who, together with journalist Karl Harrer,
founded the German Workers' Party (DAP) in 1919. At the behest of Adolf
Hitler who had joined the party shortly afterwards, Drexler changed
the name to the National Socialist
German Workers Party (NSDAP) early in 1920.
Hitler finally wrested control of the party from Drexler in the
autumn of 1921, and Drexler had to content himself with the post of
Drexler was also a member of a völkisch political
club for affluent members of Munich society known as the Thule Society.
His membership in the NSDAP ended when it was temporarily outlawed in 1923 following the Beer
Hall Putsch, in which Drexler had not taken part. He was elected
to the Bavarian state parliament for another party in 1924 and had no
part in the NSDAP's refounding
in 1925. He rejoined only after Hitler had come to power in 1933.
He received the party's "blood badge" in 1934 and was still occasionally used as a propaganda tool until about 1937,
but was never again allowed any real power. He was largely forgotten
by the time of his death.
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