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"We need breathing room."

Adolf Hitler was a male Human politician of Germany in the 20th century.


In the 1930s and 1940s, he was the dictator of Nazi Germany sporting the title of Führer. His name was invoked in the Nazi salute, "Heil Hitler". He was defeated at the conclusion of World War II. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever", "Patterns of Force"; VOY: "The Killing Game")

Under Hitler's fascist administration, Germany recovered from having been defeated before and the Great Depression to become the most efficient nation in Earth history, coming close to being a dominant global power. However, the nation's brutality and perverted nature meant that the nation had to be destroyed at great cost. (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

Footage of the "real" Adolf Hitler also appeared in the newsreel shown of Ekosian propaganda.

After Jonathan Archer restored a damaged timeline, Adolf Hitler giving a speech could be seen in the time stream as the timeline realigned itself. (ENT: "Storm Front, Part II")

In 2266, Roger Korby believed that by transferring consciousness into an android body, a Human would have practical immortality. James T. Kirk responded that this was programming, comparing Korby with others who had made the same promises, using different words, like Genghis Khan, Julius Caesar, Hitler, Ferris, and Maltuvis. (TOS: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?")

In 2268, Spock listed Hitler with Ramses, Alexander the Great, Caesar, Napoléon, and Lee Kuan as examples of Earthmen whose desire for absolute power corrupted them absolutely. (TOS: "Patterns of Force")

Later that year, Fleet Captain Garth of Izar listed Hitler with Alexander, Caesar, Napoléon, Lee Kuan, and Krotus as leaders who had failed at making the ultimate conquest. (TOS: "Whom Gods Destroy")

In 2293, in a conversation between Captain Kirk and General Chang, Kirk pointed out that Chang had effectively paraphrased a statement by Hitler from 1938, when Chang stated "We need breathing room". (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

In 2364, in a Dixon Hill holo-novel set in 1941, a headline on the front page of the San Francisco Herald proclaimed "Hitler on the Move", followed with the subheading "Roosevelt presses Congress for British aid." (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")

In 2365, in another Dixon Hill holo-novel, Dixon Hill's secretary Madeline said that the last time they had a new case was when "Hitler and Stalin were bosom buddies." (TNG: "Manhunt")

Madeline's comment most likely refers to the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of 1939, meaning that – according to her – Hill didn't have a new case in two years.

An early draft of the script had originally stated "The last time we got a new case, Hitler wasn't running Germany."

In 2368, Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise-D agreed with Berlinghoff Rasmussen that saving an endangered planet could hypothetically allow "the next Adolf Hitler or Khan Singh" to come into being, but such philosophical debates didn't help him in solving real problems. (TNG: "A Matter Of Time")

Alternate histories[]

Adolf Hitler near the Statue of Liberty

Adolf Hitler in New York City in an alternate 1944

Hitler proved much more successful in at least two alternate timelines.

In one timeline, Hitler's success was based on altered events made during the Temporal Cold War, thanks to the actions of the Na'kuhl temporal agent Vosk. In this version of history, Vladimir Lenin was assassinated in 1916 and the Russian Revolution was prevented.

With Russia not being considered a threat, Hitler was able to concentrate on the Western front, and conquered Belgium, France, and Britain in quick succession. He followed his victories in Europe by invading the United States of America, conquering New York City, Washington, DC, and much of the Eastern Seaboard.

Hitler in a Mercedes-Benz

Hitler on parade

In 1944, this Hitler made a state visit to New York and pledged to eradicate "financial profiteers". Temporal agent Daniels sent Jonathan Archer and the starship Enterprise NX-01 to this timeline, where they were able to defeat Vosk and restore the timeline. (ENT: "Zero Hour", "Storm Front", "Storm Front, Part II")

In another timeline, Hitler's success was in part thanks to Leonard McCoy, who traveled back in time to 1930 and saved a woman, Edith Keeler, from a traffic accident. Keeler went on to lead a pacifist movement within the United States of America to convince their government to delay entry into the war.

According to historical documentation of the alternate reality studied by Spock, the absence of American intervention bought the dictator enough time to perfect both V-2 ballistic missile tests and heavy water experiments, ultimately winning the race to create Earth's first atomic weapons. With these devices and their launching mechanisms complete, Hitler was victorious.

The evolution of this timeline ultimately resulted in the non-existence of the United Federation of Planets. This timeline was aborted when Spock and Kirk, following McCoy, prevented the doctor from saving her. (TOS: "The City on the Edge of Forever")


Background information[]

Adolf Hitler made two uncredited appearances in two different Star Trek series via archival footage or digitally augmented archival footage.

His first appearance was in the Star Trek second season episode "Patterns of Force", where his doppelganger appeared among a number of Ekosians in newsreel footage. This footage was taken from the 1934 Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will.

His second "appearance" was in the Star Trek: Enterprise fourth season episode "Storm Front, Part II", which consisted of digitally altered footage of Hitler in Paris, where the Eiffel Tower was removed and replaced with the Statue of Liberty, making it appear as if he was in New York City. Further footage of Hitler shown in the episode was again taken from Triumph of the Will.

In Gene Roddenberry's original story for the episode "The Savage Curtain", Hitler was among the historical people recreated by the Excalbians to fight as the "evil" team opposing Kirk and the people representing the "good" ideals. (These Are the Voyages: TOS Season Three [page number?edit])

The Star Trek Encyclopedia, 4th ed., vol. 1, p. 338 misspelled Hitler's first name as "Adolph".

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