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Essay: Account for Hitler's rise to power in 1933. Hitler's rise to power was helped along by the weak Weimar government but this was not the only factor concerned. The German people were fed up of living in a struggle after the signing of the treaty of Versailles, and when the Great Depression hit, the government did very little to aid the people. Hitler's use of aggressive and persuasive propaganda brainwashed many people into believing that he was the only way out. Even before Hitler and his political party rose to power, Germany was a nation in search of some person or group on whom to lay the blame for its defeat, someone like Hitler. Many people consider the weak Weimar republic as the most significant aspect of Hitler's rise to power. The Weimar was a rushed and often referred to as a 'mistaken democracy.' The Weimar Republic started in chaos, spent much of its short life in chaos, and dissolved without putting up much resistance. Many people blamed the government for signing the Treaty of Versailles, and the poverty they suffered was a result of this treaty. Under the treaty, which ended hostilities in the war, Germany had to pay reparations for all civilian damages caused by the war. ...read more.


In religion, most of the Nazis' supporters were Protestant. German Catholics remained firm in their support of the Catholic Center Party. Central to Hitler's thought were his notions of race. He believed in the racial superiority of the German people (the Aryan race) and in the inferiority of other races, especially Jews but also Slavs (those from European countries) and blacks. As a leader, Hitler was supreme. He was a brilliant speaker, and his eyes had a peculiar power over people. He was a good organizer and politician. He believed he had been called by God to become dictator of Germany and rule the world. This kept him going when others had given up. His self- belief persuaded people to believe in him. In the final weeks before the election of 1930, Hitler made as many as three speeches a day. Hitler used attacks in his regular speeches towards the Weimar, blaming them for all the economic and social problems that Germany was facing in these times and for also accepted the treaty of Versailles. The Nazis cleverly devised the idea that if they came to power there would be something for everyone. For example, farmers were promised higher prices for their goods and shopkeepers were offered protection against big businesses. ...read more.


They thought he could ultimately control Hitler, but they were wrong. The election that took place in March 1933, took place in an atmosphere of fear and intimidation. None of the 81 Communist deputies were allowed to take their seats. The Nazis won 288 seats in the Reichstag. The Enabling Act, of March 1933 gave dictatorial authority to Hitler's cabinet for four years. Armed with full powers, Hitler moved to eliminate all possible centers of opposition. It was this Enabling Act that gave Hitler legal dictatorial powers over Germany. The Storm troopers attacked Jews and people who opposed Hitler. Many opponents kept quiet simply because they were scared of being murdered- and, if they were, the judges simple let the Storm troopers go free. Hitler's rise to power was not based on one contributing factor. As we have seen, there were a number of factors that interlinked. The Depression led to high unemployment as many businesses had closed down as a result of the Wall Street Crash. The Weimar government did very little to help end the poverty Germans suffered and as a result, many Germans looked for extreme solutions, such as those offered by Hitler. Hitler, and the use of Nazi propaganda helped raise Nazi support. All of these factors, in effect, saw the rise of Hitler as a leader by 1933. Francesca Ricci 1 of 3 ...read more.

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