Never was Hitler’s political ability more clearly shown than in the way he recovered from this set-back. For the man who, on 9 November 1923, appeared to be broken and finished as a political leader – and had himself believed this – succeeded by April 1924 in making himself one of the most-talked-of figures In Germany, and turned his trial for treason into a political triumph.
The opportunity for this lay in the equivocal political situation in Bavaria, which had saved him once before after the fiasco of 1 May. This time he had to stand his trial, but the trial was held in Munich, and it was a trial for a conspiracy in which the chief witnesses for the prosecution – Kahr, Lossow, and Seisser – had been almost as deeply involved as the accused. The full story was one which most of the political leaders of Bavaria, the Bavarian People’s Party and the Monarchists were only too anxious to avoid being made public. Hitler exploited this situation to the full.
- Bullock, Alan. Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. New York: Harper & Row, 1964. Print. 114-115.