Adolf Hitler visited Maribor, then part of the newly annexed territory of the Third Reich, on April 26, 1941. This event took place shortly after the Nazi-led invasion of Yugoslavia during World War II, which resulted in the partition of Slovenia between Germany, Italy, and Hungary.

The primary objective of Hitler’s visit was to consolidate Nazi control over the area and to publicly display the successful territorial expansion of the Third Reich. Hitler’s visit effectively marked the formal annexation of the region into the Reich and its integration into the German province of Styria (Steiermark). During his stay in Maribor, Hitler delivered a speech outlining his plan for the Germanization of the newly acquired territory.

The visit, and the subsequent occupation, had deep and devastating consequences for the inhabitants of Maribor and Slovenia. This impact was particularly acute for the Jewish population and other groups that were specifically targeted by the Nazi regime.