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How far do these three sources support the view that, in the years 1921-24, Hitler sought control of the Nazi Party only to gain personal power?

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How far do these three sources support the view that, in the years 1921-24, Hitler sought control of the Nazi Party only to gain personal power? Source 1 supports the idea that Hitler sought control of the Nazi party only to gain personal power. The source which is written by they NSDAP says that Hitler "simply used the nationalist socialist party as spring board for his own immoral purpose", this shows that Hitler may not have had the party's interest at hear, merely just his own selfish motives. The source also says that " this is clearly shown by an ultimatum that he sent to party leaders which he demands that he shall have a sole absolute dictatorship of the party", the worlds, ultimatum, demands, sole and ultimate dictatorship, this strongly shows that Hitler only wanted personal power without anyone intervening . The words dictator and sole suggest one meaning Hitler having sole control. The source was written by an opponent who would want do discredit him in a bad light, however the source is contempary meaning ...read more.

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Like source 1 & 2, source 3 is also contempary. Like source 2 the source is from Hitler, however the source is taken from Hitler's closing speech during the end of his trial for his part in the Munich putsch. The source strongly suggests that Hitler sought power of the Nazi party only to gain personal power; Hitler during his speech says that "The man who is born to be a dictator is not compelled, he wills it, and he is not driven forward but drives himself". This source shows that he wants power for himself and that he believes that he was born into the role and that he didn't choose to be the leader of Germany, but the role choose him. And it is in his nature to be a leader. Hitler also says that "is it modest for a worker to drive himself toward heavy labour? The man who feels called upon to govern a people has no right to say if you wants me summons me, I will co- operate, no it is his duty to step forward and overthrow the corrupt system". ...read more.

Conclusion

As he was on trial, this trial would have gained a lot of media coverage giving Hitler a chance to show His intentions as good and without anyone realising, using the trial as a stage for national propaganda for the Nazi party and for his own personal gain. All 3 of the sources agree that Hitler sought out control of the Nazi party only to gain personal power. All 3 suggest that Hitler was only interested in his personal agendas and that he did not have Germany at heart, for instance, his demand to be the sole dictator in source 1 and Hitler says that he was born to be a dictator. Even though all 3 source agree that Hitler did have his own intentions at heart, source 2 and 3 also agree that yes Hitler may have had his own intentions to gain personal power of the Nazi party but he also had Germany at heart. Hitler's views of nationalism came across strongly. Source 2 and 3 both suggest that Hitler's actions were honourable and that he did what he did to make Germany better. ...read more.

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