Adolf Hitler was the Founder and Supreme Commander of the Nazi Regime and the Führer of Nazi Germany.
Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau am Inn in Austria-Hungary on April 20, 1889. He was a Roman Catholic, but grew to despise the church later in his life. He originally desired to be an art student, but was rejected by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. He made most of his money by selling his art in the strees of the German Empire. He fought in World War One, and was wounded during the war. He wished to revive the German Reich, and wrote "Mein Kampf" ("my fight"), his autobiography. He gained support in the National Socialist German Workers' Party, later known as the Nazi Party. He'd later become chancellor of the Weimar Republic, and install Anti-Semitic laws imposed on the Untermensch, or sub-humans, such as Slavs, Russians, Jews, Gypsies, etc.
At the time of the events in the series, Hitler is in his early 70s and rumored to be in poor health, possibly suffering from Parkinson's Disease. He is seen briefly in the television news coverage of VA Day.
Later he is seen in person at his mountain redoubt, where he is confronted by Rudolph Wegener, who intends to kill him at the behest of Reinhard Heydrich. Unfortunately for Heydrich, the series' version of Adolf Hitler, though physical ill, is in complete mental health and already aware that Heydrich sent Wegener to kill him. He is also aware that Wegener is sick of killing.
Hitler is able to convince Wegener that killing him would put in power people who want to immediately start a war with Japan and as result Wegener would be indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people. Hitler then gives Wegener the choice to commit suicide in exchange for protection of Wegener's family and reputation. In the end, Hitler watches as Wegener commits suicide while Heydrich is captured for treason by Obergruppenführer John Smith.
Curiously, though Hitler put a ban on them and apparently considers the film productions of the Man in the High Castle a serious issue, he has quite a collection of the films and has apparently come to realize that the films show "what might have been". When Wegener arrives, he is watching a film about the siege and fall of Berlin. When Wegener mentions Tagomi's comment that "fate is fluid. Destiny is in the hands of men", Hitler responds "he was almost right. Destiny is in the hands of very few men", stating also that every time he watches the films he learns a little more.
He makes another appearance in the first episode of Season 2 when Obergruppenführer Smith delivers the latest film to him. He then plays it in his office and is horrified by what he sees, ordering Smith to make finding the Man in the High Castle his highest priority.
Later in the series, Hitler collapses and goes into a coma and then dies in his sleep. While it was originally believed that he died of natural causes, it is later revealed he was poisoned by a faction of the Reich who wanted to go to war with Japan. This faction was the same group that attempted to assassinate the Crown Prince of Japan and frame the poisoning of Hitler on the Japanese.
Appearance & Personality
His relationship with Eva Braun, his spouse, is relatively unseen.
|"The New World"|
|"The Illustrated Woman"|
|"The New Normal"|
|"End of the World"|
|"A Way Out"|
|"The Tiger's Cave"|
|"The Road Less Traveled"|
|"Duck and Cover"|
|"Land O' Smiles"|
Notes & Trivia
- Hitler is never seen in the novel. He is described as enfeebled and suffering from "syphilis of the brain." Though Adolf Hitler is de jure the Führer of the Greater Nazis Reich, de facto the one who controls the Greater Nazi Reich is the Reichskanzler, Martin Bomann, The Chancellor of the Reich, who acts as the "protégé" and voice of Adolf Hitler. However in 1962, Martin Bomann dies, starting a political struggle in the Nazi hierarchy. The reader is left to presume that Reinhard Heydrich will win the struggle and will start World War III against the Japanese Empire (who, in the novel as in the series, don't possess the atomic bomb or the Heisenberg Device).
- Adolf Hitler is also mentioned in Philip K. Dick's novel "The Grasshopper Lies Heavy" as a minor character. In this book, Adolf Hitler is captured by the British Empire, who after defeating Rommel in Africa were able to help the Soviet Union repel the German attack at Stalingrad, in the final assault on Berlin. After his capture, the German Reich capitulated and Adolf Hitler is put on trial along with the others Nazis leaders and executed for crimes against humanity.
- In our timeline, Adolf Hitler committed suicide with his spouse, Eva Braun, during the final days of World War II. He had retreated into his bunker, the Fuhrerbunker, in Berlin as the Allies and the Red army approached the city. Afraid that he would suffer a fate similar to that of the Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini (who was deposed and executed as a war criminal), he shot himself while Braun bit into a cyanide capsule.