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"The main reason for Hitler's growing support was the unpopularity of the Weimar governments. Do you agree?"

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The Rise of Hitler 7th June 2004 "The main reason for Hitler's growing support was the unpopularity of the Weimar governments. Do you agree?" After the 1929 Wall Street Crash, the Weimar Republic was faced with a series of challenges which they failed to solve, resulting in their unpopularity. However, Hitler's support grew during the years after the Crash between 1929 and 1933 when he was ordained Chancellor. The crash of the American stock market in 1929 resulted in international economical depression. Germany was hit especially hard as the American businessmen who had loaned German banks money under the Dawes plan in 1924 now wanted it back as they were now in debt themselves. For the Weimar Government, this caused great problems. It caused inflation, and the bankruptcy of many businesses who had borrowed money from the banks and Americans. Consequently, businesses laid off workers, resulting in huge unemployment which made the Weimar government extremely unpopular, made worse by Chancellor Br´┐Żning cutting welfare benefits in 1930 to counter the depression. ...read more.


This prevented the government from making any quick and decisive decisions, stopping them from dealing with a problem initially before it grew too uncontrollable. For example the problem of the anti-government army leaders and judges who were mainly right-wing nationalists. They let off right-wing offenders lightly, like Hitler after the Munich Putsch in 1923 when he attempted to take over Bavaria, which allowed Hitler to later become Fuhrer instead of his life-imprisonment. However, the Nazi party began to appeal to a wide range of people. It attracted authoritarians and many other people as it had one strong leader, in contrast with the common view of squabbling democratic politicians fighting for Cabinet positions of the Weimar government. People believed that if Germany was united by one strong leader, it could become great again like in the pre-war days of the Kaiser. Hitler also promised to reject the Treaty of Versailles and make Germany a strong nation once again, instantly attracting most nationalists to support him. ...read more.


Henry Ford and the Skoda company were examples of those who gave money. Strongly religious people, supported them as they saw communism as a complete threat to religion altogether, although not approving of many Nazi policies like racism. Racists and anti-Semites were attracted by the Nazis racist and anti-Semite policies. Many Germans who wanted Germany to become strong again also gave growing support as the situation worsened as the Nazis gave them scapegoats, for examples the Jews and communists for the country's problems - making the Germans feel it is not their country that is bad, and that by actively following Nazi policies, they could make Germany great again by ridding it of the scapegoats the Nazis dictated, including their political rivals. In conclusion, it was a series of linked factors that gave Hitler growing support. The Depression sparked off problems, which the Weimar constitution and Treaty of Versailles prevented the government from using methods to effectively tackle. Whereas, Hitler used any methods to appeal to many different groups by promising a strong Germany once again - something the Weimar government was not doing, and the main reason for Hitler's growing support. ...read more.

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