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In what ways and why did the unemployed and Jews react in different ways to the ideas and promises of the Nazis in the late 1920s and early 1930s?

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In what ways and why did the unemployed and Jews react in different ways to the ideas and promises of the Nazis in the late 1920s and early 1930s? The Great Depression took place from 1930 to 1939. During this time the prices of stock fell 40%. 9,000 banks went out of business and 9 million savings accounts were wiped out. 86, 00 businesses failed, and wages were decreased by an average of 60%. The unemployment rate went from 9% all the way to 25%, about 15 million jobless people. The Great Depression had been caused by the occupation of the Ruhr by French and Belgian troops, unequal distribution of wealth (leading to working, middle and upper classes), High tariffs and war debts which Germany could not pay back, over production in industry and agriculture and the eventual stock market crash and widespread financial panic of American banks. In 1923 hyper-inflation of the Deutsch Mark occurred which lead to it literally being worthless and paved way in the run up to the great depression. ...read more.

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Disaffected university students, fearful that they would not find jobs upon graduation or would be replaced by Jewish professional's generated support for the NSDAP in the universities. Many unemployed people began to listen to the ideas and policies of the Nazis in the late 1920s because Hitler's speeches were inspiring, he was a great public speaker who could excite the masses and ignite a sense of belief. His policies made sense and were aimed at the areas of politics that the German masses were resentful of like the treaty of Versailles and reparations. His party were highly organised and made promises that would benefit all sectors of the population, not just the unemployed. Further to this was the Nazis open and forceful opposition to communism and the impressive use of force and discipline to engineer success for them. These characteristics were highly valued in a Germany where law and order were being constantly threatened and the promise of jobs and also threats being eradicated appealed to many unemployed people. ...read more.

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In Conclusion the unemployed and Jews reacted differently to the ideas and promises of the Nazis in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Many unemployed voted for the Nazis because they wanted to get rid of their rivals (including "job stealing" Jews) and they wanted to be employed again, although some unemployed were intelligent enough to realise Hitler was psychotic in his hatred for anyone Jewish. Most Jews didn't vote for Hitler as they saw his discrimination and didn't want to live in a country that hated Jews, but a few Jews did vote for the Nazis as they believed it was just discrimination that had been used throughout history and Hitler wouldn't take it as far as he said he would, they were wrong! In effect this also leads to the collapse of the Weimar Republic as they couldn't cope with this extreme right wing party and the amount of votes it was receiving. Aaron White 11SJW ...read more.

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