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The treaty of versailles was the main reason why Hitler bacame chancellor in 1933. How far is this true

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h/w 21/09/02 key idea: The treaty of versaiise was the main reason why Hitler bacame chancellor in 1933. How far is this true The Treaty of Versailles only partly helped Hitler become chancellor after the German army was reduced to 100,000 men and Germany had to pay compensation money of �6,600 million. Hitler blamed the Treaty for all of Germany's problems. When Germany failed to pay a compensation instalment in 1922, French and Belgian troops entered German soil and seized goods. The government printed money and started to inflated it. During this crisis in Germany, caused indirectly by the Treaty, when Hitler tried to seize power he was not supported. Which means the Treaty of Versailles, on its own, was not a reason why Hitler rose to power. ...read more.


Hitler used the Jews, communists and the Treaty of Versailles as victems. After the Great depression, the unemployed and businessmen were looking for victems and Hitler provided these. However, before the Great Depression, as election results show (in 1924 the Nazis had only 2% of the vote and in 1928 3%), Hitler's speeches did not have much effect on German voters. In my opinion, the Great Depression was the most important reason why Hitler rose to power in 1933 because of the american Stock exchange crash . Germany was hit badly as America recalled the loans to Germany as part of the Dawes Plan. In 1932, there were six million unemployed in Germany. The chancellor, Bruning, couldnt be bothered to help the crisis and followed a policy of deflation. ...read more.


Schleicher was then appointed chancellor. Von Papen was unhappy about the way he was treated by Schleicher. Also, like many other men in positions of influence, von Papen wanted to see the Weimar constitution changed, without causing an uproar. With his large popularity, Hitler seemed like the perfect choice. Papen thought of a scheme where Hitler would be chancellor and he would be vice-chancellor. Hitler would act as a front man and would convince workers, with his large support, that any reforms were right. Von Papen believed that he could control Hitler and that because Hitler had never held an office before he would do whatever he said. Hindenburg agreed and Hitler became chancellor. There were twelve ministers altogether and only three were Nazis. Von Papen and Hindenburg thought that Hitler could be controlled and drowned out by non-Nazis, but they were wrong. Without the Great Depression or his oratorical skills it is unlikely that Hitler would have become chancellor. ...read more.

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