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To what extent were Hitler's ideology and the policies of the NSDAP a direct reflection of his hatred of the Weimar Republic?

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To what extent were Hitler's ideology and the policies of the NSDAP a direct reflection of his hatred of the Weimar Republic? Historians are in doubt that Hitler had certain views on certain people, races and religion. He expressed his vies freely to both the German people and the World. For example, historians know that Hitler detested the Weimar Republic and that many of the policies of the NSDAP were based on his hatred of the Weimar Republic. In this essay I will try to investigate to what extent Hitler's ideology and the policies of the NSDAP were a direct reflection of his hatred of the Weimar Republic. Hitler and the Nazis were against the Weimar Republic right from the start of their reign. He felt that the Weimar Republic were liars and weak for signing the Treaty of Versailles which would in turn lead to German suffering and resentment towards both the Republic and the Allies for exploiting Germany's defeat in the First World War. Hitler also had many beliefs that were not directly related to the Weimar Republic. In particular Hitler hated the Jewish race. It is not clear to historians around the world why he had such hatred towards them, but many of the NSDAP's 25 point were based on Hitler's hatred towards them. ...read more.

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He doesn't agree with having coalition governments in power. Hitler further criticises the Republic (in point 11) for not forcing the unemployed to find jobs and for paying them unemployment benefits. He proposes that unemployment benefits should be scrapped and that everyone should work towards helping the State and not themselves. Hitler is against Capitalism in Germany (but changes this proposal slightly later on to prevent problems with large businesses). Hitler also condemns the WR for not nationalising all businesses, so that everyone works for the State and so finance capitalism will be erased in Germany. In point 18, Hitler attacks both Jewish citizens and the Weimar Republic for not punishing those who profit from the war and are not sentenced to death. He feels that they are benefiting from a war in which Germans suffered and were exploited by the Allies. He is once again criticising those that put themselves ahead of the State. Hitler's demand for the abolition of the Roman Law and the creation of a Germanic Common Law is an indirect criticism of the Weimar Republic. He is blaming the Republic for maintaining the Roman Law which has been kept since Napoleon's time and not reverting to a German Law that would be appreciated by all Germans. Both points 20 and 21 of the Nazis' ideology condone the Weimar Republic. ...read more.

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In statement 15, the NSDAP this time appeals to the older people. Hitler is demanding that pensions are increased in accordance with the increase in inflation. In point 17, Hitler once again appeals to the middle and poorer classes by stating that he believes that land should be shared out, rather than it all be left with the aristocracy. This will not please the aristocracy, who will not support the Nazis. Finally, point 22 is saying that the Nazis want to remove the army away from Prussian aristocracy and be controlled by the Nazis instead. This is Hitler's only personal aim that he wants to achieve, should he get into power. In conclusion, I believe that the majority of the NSDAP's 25 points are linked to the Weimar Republic and the Nazis' criticism of the Weimar. However, some of these points are indirectly linked to the Weimar Republic. For example, Hitler's proposal to form a greater Germany may not be criticising the Republic directly, but he is subtly blaming them for the land lost in the First World War. However, it is also fair to say that not all of Hitler's 25 points criticised the Weimar Republic, be it directly or indirectly. Some of his points were his own beliefs about how to stabilise Germany and once again make it a superpower. These 25 points can be seen as Nazi propaganda by promising people some of the things they want. ...read more.

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