In 1925 he became a member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in Munich. In 1930 he was Reich speaker and head of the Gaurednerschule.
From 1932 to 1933 Bauer was a member of the Bavarian Parliament, where he was chairman of the Nazi Party parliamentary group. From 1933 to 1937 Bauer was chairman of the regimented Bavarian Teachers Association. From 1941 he was Director of the Munich district office of the office of educators in the NS-Teachers' Association.
Bauer was also a member of the SS and in 1941 appointed an SS brigade leader.
Mein Kampf signed book
In the autograph, Hitler sent Bauer his best wishes for the Christmas season.
- Literature by and about Josef Bauer in the German National Library catalogue
- "Josef Bauer" (in de). Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte. http://www.hdbg.de/parlament/content/persDetail.php?id=101. Retrieved October 1, 2016.
- Ernst Klee: Das Personenlexikon zum Dritten Reich. Wer war was vor und nach 1945. Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, Zweite aktualisierte Auflage, Frankfurt am Main 2005, S. 30–31.
- "Autographed copy of Adolf Hitler’s 'Mein Kampf' sold at auction for $64,850 - NY Daily News". nydailynews.com. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/autographed-copy-adolf-hitler-mein-kampf-sold-auction-64-850-article-1.1707381. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
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