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How was Hitler helped into power?

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How was Hitler helped into power? Although it is true to say that Hitler gained power through the 'back-door', it is unfair to argue that Hitler had got into power purely by luck or chance. Certainly the situation in Germany made the atmosphere right for a Nazi takeover, however certain events must be recognised as being a direct result of Hitler's perseverance and strengths as a leader. Perhaps most importantly for the Nazi party- if not conventional - was the appeal of the party's agenda. Not only was the party's agenda masterminded by Hitler, it was he who projected the party's ideologies to the people efficiently, and powerfully to the public. Not only was this from his oratorical dexterity, but also from his brilliant propaganda methods. Hitler's dexterous methods of propaganda clearly won public support. ...read more.


corresponded to Nazi ideology. Hitler, with his brilliant leadership skills, was able to get such views across via propaganda and his great oratory skills. Consequently, due to the fact that many agreed with much of his ideologies, Hitler was imminently going to gain support. One instance is the very important group, the liturgy, which had Lutheran roots and thus very connected to Germany, supported the Nazis primarily because of their Nationalistic philosophies. Furthermore, the strength of the Nazi Party was its ideologies appealed to many sections of German society. Although the working class on the whole remained loyal to the socialist party, the socialist element of the Nazis 25-points (which amounted to little more than vague promises of land reform and attack on profiteering), did win some working class support. Instances such as these clearly gave Hitler some sort of power base to which he could gain leadership from. ...read more.


This imminently led to the demise of the Weimar as a democracy. However, this is not to say that the collapse of the Weimar on its own led to the Nazi party takeover. In fact, at the time of the near collapse of the Weimar, the Nazi party was the largest party in the Reichstag. Coupled with the fact that Von Papen was eager to return to the Reichstag, Hitler was able to become Chancellor. Nonetheless, this did not indicate a complete takeover, although it did become the start of one. Another factor into the demise of the Weimar and thus Hitler's appointment as Chancellor was the underestimation of Hitler as a manipulator. In essence, Papen especially was foolish to believe that he could control Hitler. In conclusion, it is just to say that Hitler's 'help' was a little more than help. In fact, it was a combination of both Hitler's qualities as a leader and propagandist and events within Germany that allowed Hitler's ominous rise to power. ...read more.

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