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Nazi rise to power After WW1 Germany was left in ruins. There were many political problems even before the war. The Reichstag was weak and people had little in the say of how the country was run. During and after the war the situation worsened as opposition parties were jailed by the military that followed the Kaiser, under a dictatorship. This weakened the Reichstag further. German soldiers were returning home still with weapons and ammunition and joined in a violent demonstrations against the war. Farming suffered as there were a shortage of farm workers during the war, only 50% of the milk and 60% of the butter was being produced than before the war. ...read more.


Due to unemployment peoples respectability and pride suffered. Due to this people lost faith in the Weimar republic, which offered no end to the misery and unemployment. People began to look towards political extremes such as far left and far right political parties. In September 1930, after the Reichstag was in crisis, Hindenburge called an election, which saw the NAZI part, increase their vote from 810000 to 64096000. This made the Nazis the second largest political party in Germany. Despite this Hitler and the Nazis never gained the overall majority in Reichstag elections, although they were the biggest party with 37.4% of the votes. What made the NAZI party different from the other extreme right parties were their revolutionary political style, the way that thy presented them selves and they way thy went about it. ...read more.


The idea was to make the speeches so emotional that the crowd would "succumb to the collective will". Every kind of device was used to heighten the effect; uniforms, torches, music, salutes, flags, songs, anthems and speeches were all used. On 28 January 1933 Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany after long discussion between Hindenburge, Hitler and other party leaders. It was decided that the best way to keep Hitler's party happy and to stop the violence by the SS was to make him Hitler. The believed that this would make him happy and would stop him from progressing much further as he still had to have the support from the government before making decisions. This did not work and Hitler did not rest until he got absolute power, the dictatorship that he was striving for. This marked the start of Hitler becoming dictator of Germany. ...read more.

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