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How far do you agree that the fear of communism was the main reason Hitler came to power in 1933?

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How far do you agree that the fear of communism was the main reason Hitler came to power in 1933? I agree to an extent that the fear of communism did help Hitler come to power but there were many more reasons for that Hitler came to power in 1933. After the Wall St Crash of October 1929 Germany fell into a deep depression. She had been a country built on foreign capital, mostly loans from America and was very dependent on foreign trade. When these loans suddenly came due and when the world market for German exports dried up, the well-oiled German industrial machine quickly ground to a halt. Hitler managed to use this disaster to increase his votes. It is widely known that in desperate times the public turn to extremes to get them out of poverty. This is the reason much of the public turned to Hitler. He offered them an alternative to the democratic Weimar republic. He offered them a similar situation to how the country had been ruled in the days of the Kaiser, before the First World War. The fact that he was a charismatic speaker helped him in the respect of getting the message of anti-Weimar across. Communism was undoubtedly an important reason in Hitler's coming to power. ...read more.

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The Weimar republic was also a key issue in the uprising of Hitler. It was set up after the war and to remove from power the German Kaiser. The Weimar was a new system, which had never been used before in Germany and thus made it harder for the German people to adjust to this. To add to this the Weimar was structurally weak. With it being based on the constitution it meant that practically it was unrealistic and was bound to fail. Parties were split and it meant that other extreme parties had to compromise, this is something they didn't like to do. This led to the failing of the Weimar republic and a reform to be found. And this meant that the German people would start to look for the extremes to get them out of the economic problems Germany was in. Hitler used this to his advantage, using this in his campaign to gain power. This was another key issue that Hitler came to power, and again I would strongly agree that this was far more important that the fear of Communism as even though the effects were being shown in places such as Russia weren't of such as an importance as getting the country running again. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another strong reason why Hitler came to power due to luck was that no other country was in the position at this time to question Hitler's actions and that the wall street crash happened when he had, also that the depression followed. This allowed Hitler to play on this and strengthen his campaign. From this I can see that luck was the key issue in Hitler gaining power as without his luck he would never of been able to gain and uphold the position that he achieved as without the support of the people he was able to increase he would have been powerless. In my conclusion I would say that the fear of communism isn't the main reason for Hitler gaining power in 1933 and there were many more important factors, which have to be considered. I would say that "luck" was the main reason for Hitler coming to power and the series of events that happened. Even though that the fear of communism did help Hitler to gaining power, it was far from the main issue as Germany was in a economic breakdown and had reparations to repay. Communism was a fear but these, were much more of a greater issue on the German minds and finding a solution, which just happened to be Hitler. So in conclusion Communism was a factor to Hitler gaining power, but was not the main reason. ...read more.

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