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"The rise and success of the Nazi party was driven by race and ideology rather than politics" To what extent do you agree with this statement?

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"The rise and success of the Nazi party was driven by race and ideology rather than politics" To what extent do you agree with this statement? To say the Nazi party only got into power because of race and ideology would be rather ignorant and na�ve of the whole situation as many factors affected the Nazi party's popularity and success. Hitler as many people know was very opinionated and a great speaker, he used these skills to plough his way into power. The German public weren't anywhere near as racist towards the Jews like Hitler was and neither had given any thought to the 'Racial supremacy' that Hitler fantasised about. He believed that to have Germany populated by people who's ancestors were not true Germans was disgraceful. This strong message of anti-Semitism was preached since the formation of the NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers) in 1919. If it was the case that the German public did have the same Race and Ideology belief's as Hitler then surely the party would of got far more votes than the 2.6% they got in the 1928 election. ...read more.

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In the mid 1920's The Weimar was overcoming its difficulties and this maybe why the NSDAP performed so poorly in the 1928 elections. But disaster struck in 1929 with the Wall Street crash and America needed its money back, thus Germany was left in huge debt. When a country is in debt it has to adjust it's spending to get more income. Therefore they had to raise taxes which left company's in a difficult situation financially, not only due to the taxes but due to the fact that the customer's didn't have as much money to spend. This lead to an extreme inflation in unemployment in 1928 three million were unemployed and 2 years later 8.5 million were unemployed this is a huge figure and this leads to even more economical difficulty for the country as there are less taxes coming in. I do not think that its coincidence that when unemployment peaked the Nazi parties popularity rocketed as Hitler promised to reduce unemployment. This one point already shows that the German society do vote on politics and no race and ideology. ...read more.

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He wanted Autarky and make the country very strong on its own two feet. Another huge reason for the Nazi's gaining power was the fact that Hitler planned to rid the country of the Treaty of Versailles, which was the German publics main wish. The Aryan race was where Hitler believed that true Germans (Blonde hair and Blue eyes) where superior to any other race, and therefore wished the country to be filled with only true German's. However I feel most of the public felt that this was an ideal way to get rid of the bad in the country, Gypsies and the homeless, and possibly the Jewish. In conclusion to say that the Nazi party only gained power through race and ideology would be incorrect and the party's politics helped far more. However without each other neither would succeed. Hitler was just what the Germany needed and although many of Hitler's claims where impossible to fill it was too difficult for the German's to dismiss them. Unemployment and depression was high and Hitler helped boost their moods. Combined with the failure of the Weimar The Nazi's were almost guaranteed to get into power. ...read more.

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