Anton Drexler Biography
Birthday: June 13, 1884 (Gemini)
Born In: Munich, Germany
Anton Drexler was a German political leader who co-founded the German Workers' Party (DAP), the forerunner of the Nazi Party (NSDAP), with journalist Karl Harrer. A man who was inclined towards far-right political ideologies, he was an anti-Semite and harboured deep prejudice and hostility against Jews. Described as an “unassuming, bespectacled” man in his younger years, he spent a considerable time working as a locksmith. However, he was not able to find much success in this profession and slowly moved towards politics. During World War I, Drexler joined the right-wing nationalist group, the Fatherland Party. He was much influenced by the party’s ideology and went on to form the Committee of Independent Workmen. Later on, he met journalist Karl Harrer, who also espoused far-right political ideologies. Together, the men formed the German Workers' Party (DAP). Eventually, a young Adolf Hitler joined the party and was mentored by Drexler. With time, Hitler grew more powerful within the party and Drexler was designated to a purely symbolic position. He left the party in 1923. After spending his later years in relative obscurity, he died in 1942.