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The Nazi Party 1925 - 1928.

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The Nazi Party 1925 - 1928 Evans pages 75 - 78 December 1924, before the presidential election, Hitler was released from prison on parole. Since his sentencing, Germany had undergone many changes. Now the gov't had authority, order had been restored, the country had a more stable economic system and the country was starting to recover. Now there was less scope for political activists or even a gifted rabble-rouser such as Hitler. Many of his former patrons had turned their backs on him and the banned Nazi Party was no longer a credible force in German politics and the SA, therefore losing its fearsome image. To keep within the law, units had to masquerade as sports and rifle clubs. Rosenberg turned out to have been a poor stopgap leader. He had allowed the Party to disintegrate into factions which were ever at loggerheads. Julius Streicher had formed a nationalist-racist party in Bavaria, while, in Northern Germany, Gregor Strasser led a newly formed National Socialist Freedom Party. ...read more.


Still, in spite of all his efforts, Party membership had fallen to only 35, 000 and there was no rush of new recruits. Nazis were also finding it difficult to compete with the SPD and KPD in the industrial areas. The reformed Party's first real trial of strength was to come in 1928 with the Reichstag election. Hitler planned a new framework for the Nazi Party. For reasons of organisation, Germany was to be split into Gaue, or regions. Each Gau had a leader chosen for his commitment and enthusiasm for Nazi politics. This plan worked as it allowed, Joseph Goebbels, the Gauleiter of Berlin, to rise to the highest ranks in the Party. In 1929 the Gaue was reorganised to correspond with the established 35 Reichstag electoral districts. To enforce discipline, the Party leader used a system of courts, Uschla, and when necessary, leaders were replaced and members expelled. By 1929 the NSDAP was a well-run political party based on a sound nationwide structure. ...read more.


However, deep differences remained and the conflict between the nationalists and socialists within the Party was far from settled. Q3) the re-organisation of the Nazi Party Because Hitler believed that the Republic's newfound stability would not last, he made plans to make sure that his Party would be in a position to exploit the situation once circumstances changed in his favour. He planned a new framework for the Nazi Party. This meant Germany was to be divided into Gaue, or regions. Each Gau had a leader, a Gauleiter. The leader would be chosen for his commitment and enthusiasm. It was a success, because it helped Joseph Goebbels, the Gauleiter of Berlin, to rise to the highest ranks in the Party. Each Gau was subdivided into areas called Kreise, meaning districts. Each Kreise was then divided into even smaller units, called Ortsgruppen. Later cities and towns were divided into districts known as Zellen and groups of houses and flats, called Blocks. Though various units had some limited freedom in their own areas, Hitler controlled the structure. There were still conflicts within the Party though. So a Party leader used a system on courts to enforce discipline. ...read more.

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