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

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In what ways did the unemployed and Jews react in different ways to the ideas and promises of the Nazis in the late 1920s and the early 1930s? The late 1920s, early 1930s were significant for the Nazis, unemployed and Jews. Many unemployed people started to listen to the ideas and policies of the Nazis in the late 1920s because in 1928 the Wall Street Crash occurred and the world went into a depression. The number of unemployed people in Germany increased to 6 million in the summer of 1930 and nobody knew how to cope. The Nazi Party expressed ideas about how to cope with the depression and naturally people listened, turning to the party that would help provide them with food for the table and money for the family. All this extra support from the public was vital for the Nazis and they won 6.4 million votes and 107 seats in the September elections in 1930 compared to the 12 seats they had in 1928. Not all the unemployed had the same view, as some people were deterred by several of the anti-Semitist policies that Hitler used in his speeches. During the depression the communist party grew enormously in popularity because many of the unemployed thought that their violent means of beating the bosses was better than the Nazi's peaceful policies because they wanted equality and the country's money shared evenly throughout the people. ...read more.


The unemployed reacted to the ideas and promises of the Nazis. Many of Hitler's ideas were accepted by the unemployed as they would make Germany strong again and bring wealth and prosperity back to the floundering economy. The Nazis won 107 seats and 6.4 million votes in the September 1930 elections. This was a phenomenal increase from the measly 12 seats they had won in the previous election in May 1928. The Nazis became more successful in July 1932 when they won 13 million votes and gained 230 seats. The Communist Party had grown steadily in the 1920s largely through the support of the unskilled and unemployed: by 1930 the rise of unemployment and the depression helped to increase their support further. The increase in votes for the Nazi Party in the early 1930s shows that the public and the unemployed reacted positively to Hitler's ideas and promises and embraced the Nazi Party. But just because a person voted for the Nazis doesn't mean that they agreed with all their ideas .i.e. their anti-Semitist policies, they might just have thought that the positive ideas outweighed the negative ones. I'm sure that Labour voters don't agree with all Tony Blair's policies. Many middle and professional class Germans may have voted for the Nazis simply because they were afraid of the communist threat and wanted to make sure that they didn't come to power. ...read more.


In conclusion, analyse if there were any differences between the reactions of the unemployed and the Jews, and try and explain and account for them. There were differences between the reactions of the unemployed and the Jews, but within both groups there were different reactions between different types of unemployed and Jews. The unemployed were roughly split into two groups; Nazi supporters (who wanted to fix the economy), and communists (who wanted the country's assets to be shared equally with the people). The Jews were also roughly split into two groups; ignorant Jews (who considered themselves German-blooded or didn't know about the Nazi's anti-Semitist policies), and the Jews who didn't support the Nazis because of their anti-Semitist policies. Overall the unemployed probably reacted to the ideas and promises of the Nazis more favourably than the Jews did. The Nazis specifically targeted the unemployed in their propaganda by promising them "Work and Food" this would have given the unemployed, even the communist ones, a positive opinion of the Nazis as they were targeting what was wrong with Germany (for the unemployed) and were promising to make it better. In contrast to this, the Nazis weren't trying to appeal to the Jews in the slightest, they were criticising them and promising to "Free Germany from the Jews". This negative propaganda would have deterred Jewish Germans from the Nazis altogether so they wouldn't have voted for them even if some of the other policies made sense. Jamie Theobald SJW Mrs Almond ...read more.

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