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The Nazis Rose to Power in 1933 Due To the Problems that Germany Was Facing- Do You Agree or Disagree?

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The Nazis Rose to Power in 1933 Due To the Problems that Germany Was Facing By Viktoria Venkatess 9B I disagree with the statement because I believe it was mainly the actions of Hitler that helped the Nazi party gain popularity, in this essay I will be explaining why. Germany at the time was a very solemn place due to the economic struggle and aftermath of the First World War; this caused the country to be in Depression. American loans to help rebuild Germany’s economy had stopped, unemployment rose and reached nearly 30%; therefore support for the Nazi and Communist parties increased as they were promising to improve the situation. In this essay I will be talking about the reasons that caused the Nazis to rise to power. In this paragraph I will look at one of the problems Germany faced, the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty of Versailles was the contract forced on Germany by the Allied powers in 1920 after the end of World War I which demanded ridiculous reparations from the Germans. The main points were: Germany had to accept the blame for starting the war; Germany had to pay £6,600 million for the damage done during the war; Germany was banned from having submarines or an air force, only a navy of only six battleships, and an Army of just 100,000 men were allowed, also, Germany was not allowed to place any troops in the Rhineland, the strip of land, 50 miles wide, next to France; lastly, Germany lost land in Europe and Germany’s colonies were given to Britain and France. ...read more.


This caused problems in Germany as people were desperate for change and that is exactly what was promised to them by the Nazis. The unemployment rates left the country and its civilians desperate for a difference, also, lots of people placed the blame for the issues caused by hyper-inflation on the Weimar Republic so they wanted another leader and people were attracted by the idea of a single leader- Hitler. This led to Hitler getting financial support from business who supported his approach, these businesses had confidence in Hitler and the Nazis and so they wanted to support him, believing that it would be returned when Hitler gained power. However, the Depression was not really a help to the Nazis because they could not guarantee change as the economic situation was a consequence of the Treaty not poor control from the government. Consequently, it would be harder to rebuild the economy. However, the problems faced by Germany aren?t the only reason the Nazis rose to power. In this paragraph I will look at the Nazi party?s direct input. The National Socialist German Workers' Party (also known as the NSDAP) was founded in 1920 and disbanded in 1945; this party had fascist views that were reflected through racism and anti-Semitism. Firstly, they dealt violently with opposition, causing both fear and admiration. This helped them because their competition would have backed down out of terror and they would have gained support as people would have respected their dedication and strength that they demonstrated by dealing with their opposition the way they did. ...read more.


He also used the media to spread propaganda to German citizens, this was a great success because he already had people listening to him so the propaganda didn?t need to change people?s minds, it?s purpose was to push them and make them confident in Hitler?s message. Similarly, his arrest and nine month imprisonment in n 1923 for attempting to take over the government of Bavaria by force put him in the media. This had two effects on people- firstly, it showed them Hitler?s dedication and strength in his aspiration to lead Germany, and secondly, it made people think about his message as he was in the media even more as his imprisonment gave him national publicity in papers, films and radio broadcasts; whilst in prison, he also wrote his book ?Mein Kampf?. These points resulted in people being more attracted to the idea of a single, strong leader as opposed to the coalition that was in place at the time, the Weimar Republic. I have now come to the conclusion that Hitler had the most input in the Nazi?s rising to power because most of his actions were then publicised and as this was forced upon people, it made them more aware of him and appealed by him. Also, his personality, inspiring speeches and dedication to the country made people more inspired by him because it would have made them feel like he was doing it for them, rather than for power, which is what the actions of the Nazis displayed. ...read more.

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