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Hitler became Germany's Fuhrer because Weimar was weak. Do you agree?

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Hitler became Germany's Fuhrer because Weimar was weak. Do you agree? Hitler came to power because Weimar was weak, I agree, but like many other historical events there are a number of causes, which contributed to his rise. From 1924-1929 Hitler was in jail and Germany was blessed with prosperity. During this time, the Weimar government elected a new leader, Gustav Stresemann, he was a liberator to the Germans as he was a strong leader and gave the stability Germany desperately needed, he solved the hyperinflation by creating a new currency - the Rentenmark, and set up the Dawes Plan which helped Germany get back on her feet. The Nazi party only managed to get 12 seats in the Reichstag during this time, as there was no need for any extremist party. ...read more.

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In these elections the Nazi party gained 107 seats. This proves that when a Government is doing well the extreme political groups of each side of the political spectrum do badly and when the Government does badly the extremes take advantage and do very well. The biggest shock came in 1932 when Adolf Hitler ran in the presidential elections. He received 11million votes, Hindenburg gained 18million. Even though Hitler was largely beaten by votes, it warned Weimar that Hitler was a serious threat, only a few years ago, he received 12 seats in the Reichstag, but now he gained 11million votes for the presidential elections. The voting system in Germany at the time was called 'Proportional Representation'. ...read more.

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Furthermore, the decree allowed the Nazi government to suppress the free speech of its political opponents. The Enabling act on 23rd March allowed the powers of legislation to be taken away from the Reichstag and transferred to Hitler's cabinet. The act was passed easily as Hitler had achieved the support of the Centre and Nationalist parties, and the suppression of all communist and social democrats. I believe that if Stresemann's death and the Wall St Crash had not happened then the Weimar Government would not have been destroyed... yet and Hitler would've never come to power. Nevertheless, the Proportional Representation voting system was the fatal flaw that the Nazis exploited to get into power. Thus, I agree that Hitler came to power because Weimar was weak. ...read more.

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