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The Hitler Trial’s Lessons in the Trump Era

A century after Adolf Hitler was prosecuted for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch, it is worth remembering how the Nazi leader used the courtroom as a stage, portraying himself as the victim of an overzealous judiciary. As former US President Donald Trump faces a slew of trials, his opponents should take the comparison seriously.

DUBLIN – On April 1, 1924, Adolf Hitler should have been terrified. Four and a half months earlier, the Nazi leader had led a failed coup d’état in Munich, the Bavarian capital. Inspired by the Italian Fascist Benito Mussolini, Hitler had planned to march his supporters on to Berlin, where they would destroy the democratic Weimar Republic.