Hitler, despite the apparent asceticism, was a fabulously wealthy man. He owned not only huge accounts, but also a fortune invested in real estate and works of art. What is the fate of the colossal legacy of the Fuhrer?
Hitler went to his well-being for many years, and he got it in different ways. The first serious money the future leader of Germany began to earn speeches at meetings of the NSDAP. For each fiery speech, he demanded from 200 to 250 marks. Given the intensity of the speeches, in a month the young speaker could count on an amount equal to the salary of the bank manager. The party generously paid for Hitler and the publication of his articles in the newspaper “People’s Observer” (Volkischer Beobachter). By 1921, Hitler managed to make money on a luxury Selve car, later he got a representative Mercedes worth 26 thousand Reichsmarks. To questions from the tax authorities, where did a member of a regional party get funds for such expensive cars, Hitler replied like this: “Money is borrowed, the party transport and he needs it exclusively for work.” In the second half of the 1920s, Hitler had new sources of income in the form of donations to the needs of the party, both from private individuals and from large firms. One of the sponsors of the NSDAP leader was an American entrepreneur Henry Ford. Hitler, who had never seen the difference between the party cash desk and his own wallet, managed all means at his discretion. In 1929, Hitler was able to afford to rent an apartment of 320 square meters in one of the most prestigious areas of Munich. In the year, the maintenance of such apartments cost 4200 marks – this approximately corresponded to the annual salary of a German professor. Hitler maintained his status with expensive clothes. So, in 1932, he ordered himself several vests, the cost of each of which exceeded 3 thousand euros by modern standards.