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How important is the economic depression in helping Hitler to win the election in 1930's?

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How important is the economic depression in helping Hitler to win the election in 1930's? Firstly, the economic depression was one of the vital reasons why Hitler was able to come to power in the 1930's.In the late 1920's, German was recovering from the hyper-inflation of 1923, its manufacturing was at its post-war high. Twenty-two percent above what it had been in 1913. In September 1928, Germany had 650,000 unemployed. Unfortunately, on 5th October 1929, the U.S stock market had a great fall of prices and as a result of that, they had no option but to retreat back the loans that they had given to Germany to help rebuild their economy and pay their reparation. Furthermore, Germany was given only ninety days to start repayment because the lenders in the U.S market were bankrupt due to the Wall Street crash. Consequently, by September 1930 Germany's manufacturing had fallen seventeen percent from that of 1927 level. Bankruptcies were increasing, farmers were throbbing. Some in the middleclass feared sliding into the lower class. And some in the middleclass blamed the economic decline on unemployed people being unwilling to work- while hunger was widespread. Factories closed down and those in work had to take low wages. ...read more.

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He attempted to restore economic equilibrium by high interest rates and by balancing budgets and no emergency deficit spending but still the economy continued to fall. Meanwhile, Hitler was looking good to many Germans because he seems to be a man who believed in something and wanted radical change that fluctuated from the alternatives offered by socialists and communists. Furthermore, he appeared to be truly devoted to Germany and a sincere nationalist. He was charismatic with his speeches and also travelled all over Germany preaching his scheme; he demoralized the government problems by holding huge assemblies and spreading propaganda to the people and promising them reforms for a better Germany. The socialist elements of the party's programme were forgotten as Hitler tried to win support from the middle-class and the industrialists by being anti-communist. In addition, he had the support of the army because he promised to reverse the Treaty of Versailles and rearmament, these assurances appeals to those who believed that Germany was stabbed at the back in the theory of ending the war. Many armed forces seem to like the idea. Furthermore, he also promised to deal with the employment predicament and build a strong government. Clearly, these fascinate millions of people who were out of job or fear of losing one as a result of the great depression. ...read more.

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He made sure that he retain his power and eliminate tough opposition such as the communist, by using his men to plot a fire on parliament building then attributed it to a communist conspiracy in order to make revolution and have his toughest rival framed and its party eradicated. After the despicable incident of the late February, Hitler now moved against the social democrats and their trade unions. In May and June their headquarters were occupied, they were declared enemies of the people and the state and more communists were arrested and imprisoned. In conclusion, the economic depression was one of the reasons why Hitler was able to come to power but there were also other important reasons before the depression which also enables him to become chancellor in 1933, for example the armistice, the treaty of Versailles and the Munich putsch. Etc In addition, from my own perspective I think that the depression was what led to Hitler coming to power in 1933 but on the other, his ability to use the outcome of the depression and the instability of the Weimar government is also one of the vital reason that facilitate him to becoming the chancellor. Therefore, I agreed that the depression was essential in Hitler rising to power but it wasn't the most fundamental reason why he became chancellor in the 1930's. David Anyakwo ...read more.

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