The Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) came to power in Germany under the leadership of Adolf Hitler in the early 1930s. In 1934, Hitler became the Führer, chancellor, and commander in chief of Germany's army, leading to the party’s swift rise in controlling nearly all aspects of German life. Under Hitler’s leadership, the Nazis began implementing a vast plan for world domination, which initiated World War II and the devastating genocide of millions of European Jews and other minorities. With Germany’s defeat and Hitler’s suicide in 1945, the Nazi Party was banned and many of its leaders caught and convicted of crimes against humanity.

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