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How do you account for the rise of the Nazis in Germany?

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How do you account for the rise of the Nazis in Germany? The year 1933 saw the end of democracy and the beginning of dictatorship when Hitler was appointed chancellor. Once he was in, he began to destroy the Reichstag government from the inside leading to the Nazis getting power. The Weimar Republic was already very weak and these weaknesses let in the Nazis. Proportional representation meant that there were many parties in the Reichstag so no one party could get a majority and had to form coalitions with other parties; there could not be a strong government. People still felt they had been stabbed in the back by the Weimar Republic when they signed the Treaty Versailles and so the government had many enemies. ...read more.


German exports slumped and millions of people lost their jobs. The Weimar government did not know how to deal with the unemployment and poverty. So they raised taxes, cut wages and reduced unemployment benefits, this was unpopular with the German people. As the Weimar government was not able to deal with the problems, the Germans looked for people who could. These people were the two extremes, the communists and the Nazis, who both offered solutions. The Nazis were still not gaining electoral success as although they got 44% of the vote, they could still not get a majority. The Nazis were well organised, they had obedience, organisation and teamwork skills which many of them used in the First World War. The local workers were well trained and motivated and they had skilled leaders. ...read more.


They used posters as well as radio to get their message across. Hitler was depicted as the strong leader who Germany wanted and needed. He developed his speech-making skills even more and, making his speeches very impressive. He would repeat the main ideas in most speeches making them effective and getting the message across. Hitler was seen as a saviour who would help the German people and make Germany great again. He was also able to exploit the people's fear of 'foreigners' like Jews, communists and the French. In conclusion, the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic made the Nazis stronger. Once Hitler became chancellor he started to undermine democracy. The Reichstag fire gave Hitler power through the enabling act. This was important in the rise of Nazis as it meant that Hitler could ban opposition parties and send his opponents to concentration camps. ...read more.

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