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How far do the levels of employment in the Weimar republic explain the rise of the Nazis power? One of the main reason for Hitler and the Nazis rise to power is to be found by analysing the relationship between unemployment in Germany and the votes received by the Nazis party. Statistics show that as the unemployment in Germany increased, so did the votes for the Nazis party. Between May and November of 1924 the level of unemployment in Germany had decreased by half from 2 million to 1 million. The Nazis fought their first election and achieved 32 seats, however fell to 14 seats in the Reichstag. During the period of the depression, many different people were affected, especially those who had lost their jobs felt big impacts and some suffered poverty, starvation and homelessness. Business men saw their businesses close down the government raised taxes to pay for looking after the poor people, all Germans from ages 16 to 30 were unemployed, new university graduates couldn't get a job, for farmers, prices were falling and therefore they slipped further into debt, 40% of all factories were unemployed, at the same time, the government had cut unemployment benefits to save money. ...read more.


since 1924, this was not seen as a huge problem. The Nazis seemed to be a spent force in the election gaining only12 seats in the Reichstag (2.4%). The economy was in deep depression as the result of the Wall Street Crash of November and the recall of the American loans that had propped it up. Unemployment had rocketed to 3.1 million () and the Weimar republic seemed incapable of solving the problems. The Nazis, however began to be seen as a way out and their support rose, gaining 107 seats in the Reichstag. Unemployment had continued to rise to 5.5 million. The faith in the German people in democracy seemed to be totally shattered. The Nazis continued to rise in popularity wining 230 seats in the Reichstag. November 1932, the depression was beginning to come to an end and the unemployment level began to fall but still stood at 5 million. The Nazis party's support fell slightly, but still remained the largest single party with 196 seats in the Reichstag. Germany was especially badly hit, as the borrowed money which had helped stabilize Germany's situation had to be given back to the American businessman, as now they needed the money. ...read more.


the Nazis set up soup kitchens and provided shelter for the unemployed, making them seem even more helpful and so their support grew more, for many unemployed people shared Nazi dislikes and wanted a way out of their constant suffering the hyperinflation and the depression. Using propaganda films, radio and records, he brought his message across and influenced millions of people many from radio broadcasts, which he encouraged people to listen to. He became known for his modern ideas, as an energetic man of the moment, yet he also appeared to be a man of the people someone who understood the common people and what they wanted. He often criticised the Weimar government and the Treaty of Versailles, a feeling which many people shared and helped bring the Nazis support. Due to these factors, Nazi support rocketed. For example, in Neidenburg in East Prussia, Nazi support rose from 2.3% in 1928 to over 25% in 1931, even though the town had no local party and Hitler never once visited. The Nazis also got support from the many people who believed in the old-fashioned, traditional values, by talking about restoring these traditional values, which the Weimar decadence had put under threat. The Social Democratic Party didn't think that people would fall for Hitler's vague promises, and the anger that the German people felt towards the Weimar government, and so therefore underestimated Hitler's popularity. ...read more.

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