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Paper 2- Nazi Germany

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Modern European and World History Nazi Germany, c.1930-1939 4. (a) From source A, we learn a great deal about the impact of the Wall street crash on Germany. The source shows how the Wall Street crash affected all the people of Germany not only the lower class people but higher class people aswell. It informs the reader that not only did factory workers and people of lower standard education lose their jobs but teachers and clerks also did. It tells the reader that in 1929 when the Wall Street crash occurred the US stopped all loans to Germany and the German economy plummeted. Food prices fell which lead to farmers losing their jobs and finding it difficult to make a living. This again reassures and shows the reader that in conclusion the Wall Street crash had a immense effect on the whole of Germany. (b) Source A, B and C are all about the wall street crash and about its impact of the depression in Germany. While source C and A are written extracts, source B is a visual extract. ...read more.


The source is an extract written by a man called Albert Speers about his thoughts when he saw Hitler speak for the first time. The book was published in 1970 which makes it more useful because we know that in this period of time all media or anything that was being made available to the public wasn't controlled like it used to be when the Nazi's were in power. Therefore, we know that it wasn't controlled or made bias toward the Nazi's. "All the students wanted to hear this man so admired by his followers", this quote from source E suggests that although no students from the university had ever seen or heard Hitler speak before they were eager to because he was admired by his followers. This evidence shows the reader that although the students were not Nazi followers they had heard about him and were eager to listen to him even if they didn't know what he was like. The main piece of evidence in this source that really shows that people were prepared to support Hitler is in the last sentence of Source E. Speers says "I joined the Nazi Party the next day". ...read more.


The Weimar Republic became weaker. They signed the unpopular Treaty of Versailles and were becoming unpopular. In 1932 Hitler got 13 million votes when he stood for president against Hindenburg. Although he lost, people started noticing him and joining the Nazi's. In the same year the Nazis won 37 per cent of the votes in the general election. By this time, the number of unemployed reached a total of 5,102,000. The German people now really wanted change and needed a party that could give them what they wanted. The Nazi's then became the largest single party in the Reichstag. In 1933, Hitler was appointed chancellor by President Hindenburg. Hitler, as an individual, was a good speaker, had clear ideas and was extremely charismatic and hypnotic when speaking. He told Germany things they wanted to hear and promised them what they wanted. He promised them jobs, food and houses to live in. Not only that, but he told them that Germany would build up its army and go against the Treaty of Versailles and regain the land lost at Versailles. In conclusion, I agree with the view that if it hadn't been for the depression, Hitler would have never become the leader of Germany. By Olivia Bartlett 10E ...read more.

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