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Explain how and why Hitler and the NSDAP began to attract some support from people in Germany between 1919 and 1923.

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Explain how and why Hitler and the NSDAP began to attract some support from people in Germany between 1919 and 1923. There are many reasons how and why support was attracted to the NSDAP and Hitler himself in these 5 years which I will outline in this essay. It is easier to say, firstly, what events helped to increase their support (why), and then say how we can see this. As this is the case, I will follow that format. Germany, along with almost all of the rest of the world, had just come out of World War 1. Unlike the rest of the world though, Germany came off the worst, as they (basically) were made to hand over land, cut troops, pay reparations to the Allies and accept responsibility for the whole of World War 1. All of this was stated in the Treaty of Versailles, which the German government officials signed, and thus condemning them in the eyes of, the population, on the 11th November 1918. ...read more.


This is the main reason that hyperinflation occurred, because Germany was paying out (strike pay) more than it was getting in (the money it would have got from selling the products of the industries in the R�hr). The hyperinflation itself meant the money became meaningless, whatever the value was written on the paper notes, which in turn made peoples savings, mortgages, loans, salaries and pensions become worthless, and everyday items become ridiculously expensive. This caused the monetary system of Germany to collapse entirely, and along with that, went the collapse of passive resistance. The middle and working classes were the most hit of the people of Germany, because the poor had been poor before hand, therefore the collapse of, and faith in, the monetary system didn't really affect them, as they were still poor. Unemployment also rose dramatically at the time, because employers couldn't afford to pay workers, and as money was worthless, people just didn't bother to go into work anymore - by the end of 1923, only 29.3% of trade unionists were working full time. ...read more.


This wouldn't have occurred, if the other groups, which were some of the more prominent right wing parties, didn't take them seriously, and also didn't think that the NSDAP and Hitler could help them. This small act, which was rejected furiously by Hitler as he thought that the NSDAP didn't need outside aid and that their policies would get 'watered down' by a merger, shows that there was definitely support out there for the NSDAP and Hitler himself. Hitler's connections with the army and the Friekorps via Captain R�hm, again show that there was support in these times for them as, yet again, the army and Friekorps wouldn't have supported someone or something, that they thought couldn't aid them, was useless, or couldn't do something to change the current political state of Weimar Germany. The final, and main way, apart form seeing that the membership increased, of knowing that Hitler and the NSDAP had attracted support, is through the Munich Putsch. Thos is because it wouldn't have occurred, if Hitler didn't think that he would have sufficient support to carry it off, and be successful in this act. Susan Baker, 12PT, Teacher = Mr. Evans. ...read more.

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