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Explain why support for the NSDAP increased so rapidly between 1929 and September 1930.

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Explain why support for the NSDAP increased so rapidly between 1929 and September 1930. The simple answer as to why support for the Nazis increased so rapidly from 1929 and September 1930 would be because of the Wall Street Crash. Although, the Wall Street Crash on its own would not have resulted in the Nazis success. There are a number of other factors which all contributed to their rise in popularity. One of these factors is mentioned in source 5 - the Nazi involvement in the campaign against the Young Plan. In the autumn of 1929, the leader of the German Nationalists, Alfred Hugenburg organised a national referendum to reject the Young Plan. Hugenberg was joined by a coalition of big business, right-wing political groups, and nationalist organisations. The Nazis were invited to join. Hugenberg believed he could take advantage of Hitler's movement. The German Nationalists were a very respectable and wealthy party, but they lacked mass popularity. As we know, Hitler's party was dynamic and offered considerable mass support. Even though Hugenberg viewed the Nazis as too radical to ever govern, he believed that they and especially Hitler could be manipulated to attract mass support for the nationalists. ...read more.


He would begin quietly and slowly and then burst into full charge as he stirred up the nationalist emotions in the crowd. His speeches, though containing little truth in them, could always make successful appeals to the masses. Militaristic music, uniforms and banners also conveyed strength and discipline. However, Hitler held rallies in the mid 1920s and these did not win him many votes. There was something else that made voters turn to Hitler - the Wall Street Crash. Before the Great Depression, most people were happy with the way things were - Stresemann introduced the Rentenmark after the hyperinflation and Germany got back onto their feet. Extreme views, such as those held by the Nazi party, were not popular within this period. But it was the Wall Street Crash that provided the spark that allowed the Nazis to gain support. All of a sudden, Germany was isolated and the economy was in crisis. The rise in unemployment and a renewed fear of a Communist uprising gave Hitler's messages a new importance. People were again interested in the views of an extremist party. In a land where the government was struggling to control the economy, the people and the communists any alternative that appears to be willing and able to combat the problems, through whatever means, is seen in a very positive light. ...read more.


It's easy to see why people voted for the Nazis - they were being told what they wanted to hear. Having had no previous ties to the Weimar Republic, Hitler was able to distance himself from them and say what people were thinking. An example of this can be seen in source 4. "We want to ensure that in future the importance of our nation once again corresponds to its natural worth rather than the pathetic representation of the past fifteen years". There also was a lack of democratic tradition in Germany meaning that the Weimar Republic was not respected or trusted by the German people. Although I don't think the lack of democracy tradition, on its own, was a reason why Nazi popularity increased so rapidly. After 1929, the Great Depression acted as a catalyst, igniting the German people's anger for the Republic only then becoming a factor in their rise. All of the above factors contributed to the rapid rise in popularity of the Nazis. In my opinion, the main reason for the boost in support was because some shareholders panicked in a country thousands of miles away. If the Wall Street Crash had never have happened it is almost certain that the popularity of the Party wouldn't have dramatically increased like it did. ...read more.

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