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the great depression was the main reason for hitler's rise to power

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There are many possibilities why Hitler rose to power. Many historians felt that the great depression plus the Wall Street crash were the main short term factors as to why Hitler gained power. Others argue that it was down to long term factors such as the impact and anger of the First World War (Treaty of Versailles) and the Weimar republic which helped in Hitler's rise to power. Firstly, After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, it sent financial markets into despair worldwide. The US called in its loans to Germany, and the German economy collapsed. The Number of unemployed grew; people starved on the streets. In the crisis, people wanted someone to blame, and looked to extreme solutions - Hitler offered them both, and Nazi success in the elections grew. Germans turned to Nazism because they were desperate. The number of Nazi seats in the Reichstag rose from 12 in 1928 to 230 in July 1932.The German economy was one of the worst hit as most of their loans were from the US, which were now called in as well as their exports causing their industries to ground to a halt. This caused German workers to be laid off and soon afterwards the rise of inflation. Poverty began to set, and the middle class was especially hit as their standard of living began to fall. ...read more.


Technology played a big role too with the use of loud speakers, radio and film to promote the message. They also organised mass rallies with the intention of creating an atmosphere to provoke emotion so that the members of the crows would succumb to the Nazi's. They also used a lot of scapegoats such as the November criminals, communist and Jews to take any blame for mistakes and problems; helping society with whom to blame for the depression. In addition the Nazi's also built up a series of associated organisation for young people, women and students. For example the Nazi Welfare Organisation, this ran soup kitchens and organised food donations to people in distress which exploited the great depression and how they could help them. Hitler also used his personality and characteristics to help in his rise to power. Hitler was a powerful speaker and used the countries problems as his advantage when delivering his speeches. Hitler showed how important he was to the Nazi party when the party fell after he was in prison. This helped him get superior leadership within the party, deciding on their policies and strategies. His strong willed personality with strong faith in his ideas and beliefs showed how he was a brilliant leader emphasised by how he helped the Nazi party so much when leading it. ...read more.


He cultivated the support of wealthy businessmen promising them that, if he came to power, he would destroy Communism and the Trade Unions. This gave him the finance to run his campaigns. In conclusion, there were numerous factors as to why Hitler had gained power which included some long term factors; the treaty of Versailles and the impact of world war one. In addition, the humiliation and anger towards to treaty and the negative impact of the war on the country highlighted how Hitler's words showed Germany that the government was a failure and that the people had been lied to as the war went on which Hitler seemed to bring to their attention. Other reasons included the weakness of the opposition after the communists failed to seize the country after the depression. People feared communism so turning to Hitler allowed him to gain more support. Despite this, from looking at the evidence we can see that the main reason Hitler gained power was due to the great depression. The great depression helped establish Hitler as a great leader through his effective speechmaking, reflecting how he and the Nazi's could help and bring about change. They also used propaganda with the help of Goebbels effectively against the depression and the Wall Street crash to alter people's opinions and decisions into favouring the Nazi's. ?? ?? ?? ?? 'The Great depression was the main reason for Hitler's rise to power'-Discuss Rhian Gohil Mr McHugh History AS ...read more.

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