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How and why did Hitler become chancellor in 1933?

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How and why did Hitler become chancellor in 1933? In 1933, Adolf Hitler, devastatingly powerful dictator of Germany, succeeded the role of chancellor after being set free from his one year prison sentence. His crime was attempting the Munich Beer Hall Putsch, and during his imprisonment, he used his time efficiently by reconsidering his political strategy and encountering better ways of manipulating the public towards his ideologies. When Hitler was released in 1925, several changes had occurred in Germany, related to both political and economical aspects. Because of the crisis occurring during this time, Hitler and the Nazi Party were able to take advantage of the situation, as well as the honest people of Germany by using political manoeuvring. Of course, that's not all; there are several more factors of how and why Hitler was able to become chancellor. In this essay, I will discuss these factors, analyse and justify their relevance to the topic and present the stages taken by Hitler to his appointment as chancellor, thus concluding with a final remark and my personal opinion. The First World War, also known as the War to End All Wars took place in Europe from year 1914 to 1918. ...read more.

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When the Beer Hall Putsch failed, Hitler was able to see that in order to upstage the government, he needed to opt for a new strategy: to get hold of power by using legal ways and being elected. While the Nazi policies were not followed by everyone, it managed to be the second largest political part in Germany with 18.3% preference of the public. This was seen the Great Depression (from America) had come to Germany, and elections were demanded in September 1930 because a stable government was needed - something which the Weimar Government wasn't. Now, all the Nazi Party needed was to push the German people further towards their policy, which Hitler managed by using his personal quality: brilliant and persuasive public speaking. Hitler was flexible in his speeches, and was able to distort the truth depending on who he was addressing. This can be seen as a form of lying, in order to persuade the German people to follow his policies, as the words will be set to suit the individual's preference. Karl Ludecke, an early follower of Hitler, stated in 1924: "He was holding the masses and me with them, under an hypnotic spell by the sheer force of his beliefs. ...read more.

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Hitler's goal was to influence and manipulate the public by portraying himself as the only hope for their well being, and promising them a better future. Hitler had learnt from past experiences that the only way to gain immediate power was not by using violence, but by pleasing the Germans, and using legal and political measures. Furthermore, as for my personal views, I believe that it was wrong for Hitler to have gone against the Weimar Government, because if his intention was to aid the German people, then he could have worked with the central government instead of against. However, I believe that by attempting to gain power he prepared the world for worse, and provided the origin of a better future: "Hitler left a devastated Europe and with it a warning for the future. His regime had illustrated the dangers of nationalism, the obscenity of racism and the importance of democracy. It was an expensive lesson, but it did provide the basis for a better future."3 Nevertheless, I feel that despite the path of destruction and devastation which Hitler left behind, it must not be forgotten that he did not take power from any being or substance, but was given it. And like any individual would, he used it to his advantage. 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_racial_ideology 2 http://www.johndclare.net/Weimar7.htm 3 http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/GERhitler.htm ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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