Benjamin Ziemann examines the enigma of Karl Mayr, the reclusive army officer who nurtured Adolf Hitler’s early political career.

Karl Mayr in uniform seen to the left of Minister of Defence Gustav Norske at the entrance to Munich's Hotel Continental, August 1919. AKG ImagesKarl Mayr has often been described as Hitler’s political midwife and rightly so.

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