Scope and Contents note
Autobiographical sketches collected by Theodore Abel in 1934 from people who self-identified as members of the Nationalsozialistische
deutsche Arbeiter-Partei before January 1, 1933, or who were in sympathy with the movement. Typically, each autobiography
contains information on the writer's occupation, socioeconomic class, education, employment, membership in various associations,
place of residence, marital status, military service in World War I, participation in military activities after World War
I, first contacts with the National Socialist movement, the main reason for joining the movement, expressions of anti-Semitism,
Abel used these autobiographies to write a book,
Why Hitler Came into Power: An Answer Based on the Original Life Stories of Six Hundred of His Followers (1938).
For the names of respondents, see
List of Individuals (men and women) and
List of Women.