• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Year 11 History GCSE Coursework- Weimar Republic and Hitler

    It also shows the polarisation of public opinion and how volatile the situation was in Germany at this time. The response to these uprisings showed clearly how weak and unassertive Ebert's Government was; he was forced to depend on the disloyal Freikorps to suppress the left, but they turned on

  2. What problems did the Weimar Republic face from 1919 to 1923, and why did ...

    Finally, in March 1920, a communist revolutionary attempt was made in the Ruhr, Germany's industrial region, and a Soviet Republic was declared. However, yet again, the government sent the Freikorps to suppress the revolution In the first few months of its life the Weimar Republic fought for its existence against

  1. adolf hitler

    People began to say that if he was clever enough to predict the depression maybe he also knew how to solve it. In the General Election that took place in September 1930, the Nazi Party increased its number of representatives in parliament from 14 to 107.

  2. Weimar Republic

    So after the signing of the treaty, they were branded as the November Criminals; the treaty had caused numerous problems. Such as in April 1921, the treaty was forcing Germany to pay back Reparations of �6,600 million to France after the First World War.

  1. Why did the Nazis replace the Weimar Republic?

    Some historians have argued that the Weimar Republic never stood a chance. In contrast, many historians believe that it was starting to work, but was destroyed by the Depression and dynamic character of Adolf Hitler. There is not a right or wrong argument, so it is for you to decide.

  2. Why did the Weimar Republic fail?

    Monarchists seized government buildings in Berlin, but surrendered on March 17th. The Weimar government had had another close escape. The early major activities of Hitler included his 'Beer Hall Putch' in 1923, where he tried to seize control of The Bavarian government.

  1. Assess the extent to

    The Foreign policy was an aggressive expansionist policy which was prescribed with the aim of creating Lebensraum (living space) and reclaiming German territory lost following the treaty of Versailles. Many Germans were angered at the severe terms imposed upon Germany as a consequence of the Treaty of Versailles, many saw

  2. WWII History Revision Notes. How far did the Weimar Republic Recover between 1924-1928.

    Promise to Voters: The Nazi party promised voters jobs as there was a high unemployment rate (5.5 million in 1932 were unemployed in Germany). They made promises to all their voters E.g. promised farmers, shopkeepers that they would have higher profits Flexibility: the Nazi party were flexible with their ideas.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work