Early Nazi associates such as Rudolf Hess, Ernst Hanfstaengl, and Hermann Esser all claimed that Hitler revered alcoholic playwright Dietrich Eckart more than any other colleague. Eminent German historians Karl Dietrich Bracher, Werner Maser, Georg Franz-Willig, and Ernst Nolte have all confirmed this assessment.
Hitler dedicated Mein Kampf to Eckart, hung his portrait in Munich's Brown House, placed Eckarts bust in the Reich Chancellery and named the 1936 Olympic stadium after Ekcart. 
Eckart is said to have told his adherents prior to the 1920's that "he had personally received a satanic annunciation that he was destined to prepare the the Anti-Christ, the man inspired by Lucifer to conquer the world and lead the Aryan race to glory." Eckart perceived his role to be that of a forerunner, a John the Baptist to the German Messiah himself, Adolph Hitler
Eckart studied medicine, but found his niche as a writer -poetry, plays and journalism. He wrote a number of successful plays, and acquired a great deal of wealth.
He wrote an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt, which boasted hundreds of performances in Berlin alone. His success as a playwright gave him vast social contacts as well. When Adolph Hitler became his political protege these contacts were instrumental in fostering the Nazi rise to power.
Dietrich Eckart was intrigued by the Buddhist doctrine of illusion (Maya), and also developed an ideology of the "genius superman", based on 'Theozoology' and the writings of Lanz von Liebenfels .
Between 1918 and 1920, he edited an anti-Semitic publication Auf gut Deutsch, published with support of the Thule Society, an underground cache of occultists that believed the coming of a 'German Messiah' would redeem Germany after its defeat in World War I. In September 1919, Dietrich Eckart met "the Anti-Christ, the man inspired by Lucifer to conquer the world and lead the Aryan race to glory." The German Messiah - Adolph Hitler ... the World would never be the same again.
From this point on Dietrich Eckart and Hitler worked hand in hand developing and building what would become the Nazi Empire. Eckart introduced and secured funding and support from a multitude of wealthy and influential Germans. Alfred Rosenberg, who after the War would be executed by the Allies as a war criminal. Rosenberg edited a party newspaper in which the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' as well as other anti-Semitic propaganda was published.
On 9 November 1923, Eckart was involved in the failed Nazi Beer Hall Putsch. He found himself in Landsberg Prison along with Hitler and other Nazis but released shortly thereafter due to poor health. He died in December 1923 of a Heart Attack induced by a Morphine addiction, On his deathbed Eckart Stated 'Follow Hitler !He will dance, but it is I who have called the tune !' 'I have initiated him into the 'Secret Doctrine', opened his centers in vision and given him the means to communicate with the Powers. Do not mourn for me: I shall have influenced history more than any other German'
Eckart's essay "Bolshevism from Moses to Lenin: A Dialogue Between Adolf Hitler and Me" was published posthumously in 1925. His legacy allegedly committed suicide in a Berlin Bunker 1945.