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Assess the reasons why Hitler and the NSDAP gained power in 1933:

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AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945

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Assess the reasons why Hitler and the NSDAP gained power in 1933:

In 1919 the Nazi party was small and insignificant and had little success in elections. However, by 1933 Hitler was the chancellor of Germany. The Nazis had risen from obscurity to complete control.

In 1919 Hitler joined the German Workers' Party, which at the time, was a small party with only six members. The party was renamed the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) in 1920, better known as the Nazi Party. It was a right-wing party that declared their extreme hatred of the Treaty of Versailles, Communism, and Jews; they wanted to overthrow the Weimar Republic. The Nazis stood for a number of things; they wanted to abolish Versailles; rearm Germany; destroy communism; gain Lebensraum; remove Jews and destroy the Weimar Republic to create a strong central government. These ideas were popular because from the beginning, the German people were not content as they blamed the existing government for the loss of the First World War due to the War Guilt Clause being pinned on the country, as well as the inequitable stipulations that Germany was lumbered with. There was a significant amount of

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