Events Relating to the Rise of the Third Reich in 1920  
  Thursday, January 1, 1920  
  The DAP numeration was issued for the first time. Its membership was listed in alphabetical order. The Party counted 190 members. The DAP was the German Workers' Party (German: Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated DAP), the short-lived predecessor of the Nazi Party. Adolph Hitler was received the number 555. In reality he had been the 55th member, but the counting started at the number 501 in order to make the party appear larger. Hitler would later be referred to as "Parteigenosse 7", because he was the 7th member of the DAP's executive committee.  
   
  Tuesday, February 24, 1920  
  The first major public meeting of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) took place in Munich. At this meeting Adolf Hitler publicly announced the Program of the Party. That program, consisting of 25 points (annually reprinted in the National Socialist Yearbook), was referred to as "The political foundation of the NSDAP and therewith the fundamental political law of the state,” and "has remained unaltered" since the date of its promulgation.  
   
  Wednesday, March 31, 1920  
  Corporal Adolf Hitler was mustered out of the military. Hitler had been operating as a spy and informant for the German Army reporting on groups from the radical right.  
   
  Sunday, August 8, 1920  
  Adolf Hitler received permission to rename the German Workers Party (DAP). The party’s news name became the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP), to be commonly known as the Nazi Party. The name was similar to Dr. Walter Riehl's German National Socialist Workers Party (DNSAP) in Austria and contemporary of Hitler’s.  
   
  Sunday, October 10, 1920  
  Adolph Hitler gave a speech at the cinema of Gmünd. The speech denounced the Versailles Treaty and the Weimar republic.  
   
  Monday, October 11, 1920  
  Socialists prevented Adolph Hitler from giving a speech in the city of Gross Siegharts.  
   
  December 1920  
  The Nazi Party membership exceeded 2000.  
   
  Friday, December 17, 1920  
  The publishing firm of Franz Eher Nachfolger GmbH ("Franz Eher and Successors, LLC") was acquired by the Nazi Party. The company published two major papers, the Völkischer Beobachter and the Illustrierter Beobachter. The company was the central publishing house of the Nazi Party and one of the largest book and periodical firms during the Third Reich. In addition to the major papers the publishers also printed novels, maps, song books, calendars, and Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.  
     
   
     
   
 

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