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Why by 1928 had the Nazi Party become politically marginalised

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Why by 1928 had the Nazi Party become politically marginalised? The Nazi party had been seen to be a party with similar characteristics as all other right-wing parties; they blended in and were not seen to be particular in any way. On December 20, 1924, after only a year of his five-year sentence, Hitler was released from prison. He found the Nazi party in a state of disorder. The NSDAP had been officially banned across Germany. Hitler had chosen Alfred Rosenberg to be party leader while he was in prison. Rosenberg, as Hitler knew, was no leader, and the party had disintegrated into factions. Hitler had no wish to see the party flourish while he was in prison. Hitler formally refounded the party in Munich on February 27,1925, and proclaimed that it would fight Marxism and Jews. ...read more.

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The party itself was beginning to falter, giving off the view that the Nazis were unestablished, with little control and knowledge in what they were doing. Hitler realised he had to move decisively. He called a meeting of party leaders in the city of Bamberg on February 14, 1926. He spoke for five hours and emerged victorious. He denounced the expropriation of the princes' property, disagreed with the opening to the left, and refused to allow any tampering with the twenty-five-point program of 1920. The program of 1920, Hitler said, "was the foundation of our religion, our ideology. To tamper with it would constitute treason to those who died believing in our Idea." The programme explained radical ideas which seemed to be mixed up. It came across as confusing; both left and right wing policies were included. ...read more.

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From 1925 to 1927, the Nazi Party failed to make inroads in the cities and in May 1928, it did poorly in the Reichstag elections, winning only 2.6% of the total vote. The Nazi's realised that they would have to have a new strategy to be able to concentrate on increasing overall support. The noticed how they were going no where fast, German was reluctantly happy with its situation. The Party shifted its strategy to rural and small town areas and fuelled anti-Semitism by calling for expropriation of Jewish agricultural property and by condemning large Jewish department stores. Party propaganda proved effective at winning over university students, veterans' organisations, and professional groups, although the Party became increasingly identified with young men of the lower middle classes. ...read more.

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