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Explain why the depression of 1929 was a godsend for the Nazi Party

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Explain why the depression of 1929 was a 'godsend' for the Nazi Party Of all European countries, none was hit harder than Germany by the stock market crash of October 1929. Germany, who was still suffering from the Treaty of Versailles, had borrowed very large sums from American banks, with much of the money repayable either on demand or at short notice. These loans were of course recalled, and bankruptcies in Germany rose sharply from the start of 1930. Unemployment rose sharply, too. The German economy plummeted with the stock market and the situation Germany found itself in resulted in even more faith being lost in the Weimar constitution. ...read more.


Showing himself as a strong leader, he promised to abolish the Treaty of Versailles and restore Germany to power. This was one of the ways in which the Great Depression aided the Nazis. Because of the people of Germany falling into poverty and despair and being eager for help, Hitler's talk of a new Germany and his inspiring visions captured the attention of the public, as they desperately wanted someone who could bring Germany hope. Hitler's 25 points, the foundations of the Nazi party, restored the much needed hope to the German public and also highlighted his organised leadership skills. ...read more.


Due to the Depression causing millions of jobs to be lost, people became homeless and some even began to starve. The people of Germany had no money to pay for food and rent, and slowly the country became without prospect. Hitler promised to introduce new schemes of work and set about creating new jobs. Hitler also physically helped Germany and won himself votes and seats in the Reichstag by setting up numerous soup kitchens and shelters for these homeless people. These are two other ways in which the Depression was a godsend to the Nazi party as it enabled them to help the German people physically, showing Hitler to be a caring, devoted and also helpful man, and so gaining him further support. ...read more.

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The author answers the question very well, as he/she describes the impact of the Great Depression on Germany, very well, particularly in the first paragraph. He/she then goes on to describe the impact on the Nazi party, very well. The ...

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The author answers the question very well, as he/she describes the impact of the Great Depression on Germany, very well, particularly in the first paragraph. He/she then goes on to describe the impact on the Nazi party, very well. The author goes further by explaining briefly Hitler’s ultimate steps to power, although this wasn’t explicitly asked for, it was still a good addition, as it demonstrated good knowledge, which a marker would reward. He/she shows extensive knowledge as well, which improves the standard of the answer, for instance the Nazi soup kitchens.

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The question did not ask for any analysis, as it was merely an explain/ describe question, so the author should not need to do any analysis, however if they were to add point, like ‘the Great Depression was arguably the greatest factor in bringing Hitler to power, as it mobilized the masses to support him and defeated the incumbent government,’ it would surely do better, as it demonstrates good historical skills. Note, however that this should only be a sentence or two long, as the question is a describe question. The explanation is very good, and effectively describes all the impacts.

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The spelling and grammar in this essay was good, an example to others writing a similar essay. I did not spot any spelling errors, or grammatical errors. Extra credit should be given for spelling Bruning’s name with the umlaut, as it demonstrates good knowledge as well as spelling. As this essay answers the question very well and the spelling and grammar was good, it has received full five stars. Personally, adding a sentence of analysis would have made this essay even better.

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