Dietrich Eckart

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Dietrich Eckart (23 March 1868 – 26 December 1923) was a German journalist, playwright, poet, and politician, who was one of the founders of the German Workers' Party, the predecessor to the NSDAP. Eckart was the original publisher of the party newspaper, the Völkischer Beobachter, and the lyricist of the party anthem, Deutschland erwache ("Germany Awake"). Eckart was a participant in the Munich Putsch in 1923 and died shortly after his release from prison.

He has been variously described as a "Christian fascist" and/or as having been influenced by various esoteric views, including the Thule Society, although not a member.

An anti-Semite, a critic of the Weimar Republic, and a proponent of the stab-in-the-back theory, Eckart is stated to have had an influence on Adolf Hitler.

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