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To What Extent Were The Nazis Helped Into Power?

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To What Extent Were The Nazis Helped Into Power? In 1933, on the 30th of January, with the biggest party in the Reichstag with 288 seats, Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi's, was appointed Chancellor by President Hindenburg. However 10 years before this, the Nazi's only had 32 seats and dwindling support from the German republic. So how did Hitler come into such power? Through his own means? Or was he helped by simply using of a series of events to his advantage? In 1919, during the Weimar republic period, Hitler knew that if he wanted to make a formidable change in the German community, the republic would need to go. To do this he formed a somewhat alliance with the German army who wanted to crush all left wing parties and overthrow the republic by force. Yet Weimar failed on its own accord due to the hatred of democracy by the German society amongst other factors, so it can be shown here that Hitler made a minimal effort in contributing to its failure, and was helped by his fellow community. However, due to Hitler's patriotic loyalty, he attracted the attention of Captain Karl May and was asked to join the DAP (German Workers Party), which would later become the Nazi party, and most powerful in the Reichstag. Here it can be stated that Hitler's character and morale views were responsible for the forming of the Nazi party. ...read more.


One of the events, which is most likely to suggest Hitler was helped into power, was the economic depression (Wall Street crash) and the 1919-1923 where the German mark went into free fall as inflation rose high, (which led to the another nail in the coffin of the Weimar republic) in 1929, as he obviously had no control over this. The Wall Street crash came at the perfect time for Hitler. This is because Hitler offered the people what they were desperate for- food, jobs, and a strong leader. He played on their desperation to his advantage, and used the Jews as scape goats for Germany's financial problems, and by doing this; he gained more support for the Nazi party. However, although the Wall Street Crash and economic depression did significantly aid Hitler and the Nazi party to power, it can be assumed, that by borrowing money from foreign countries and becoming completely reliant on them, an economic disaster was inevitable, and Hitler and the Nazi party were already well prepared for an event like this, due to strengthening the party after the Munich Putsch incident revealed its major flaws, and this suggests that Hitler wasn't really helped into power here. It is also argued that Hitler was helped into power due to failure of other political parties, and their weaknesses. ...read more.


It could be argued that Hitler's 'team' helped him gained support and power, however it must be reasoned that it was Hitler's judgment that hired them. It can also be said that, if Hitler hadn't initiated the Munich Putsch and had time in jail to reflect and reorganize the party, he wouldn't have had such great success in the elections, or gained such influential connections. To conclude, although events took place (some more inevitable than others, i.e. an economic crises) and seemed to 'help' Hitler, the Nazis came into power on their own accord, and not just good fortune, due to Hitler's ability to manipulate these events to his own gain, an example of this was Hitler using the German peoples desperation, to increase votes for the Nazi party, by offering them a way out of the poor life style they were living in. Without Hitler's quick thinking, and intuition of how best to use these events, along with the increasing support of key players (Von Papen), the Nazi party would have never come into power despite the opportunities offered. Even if the events had never taken place, there would always be problems in the German community, due to the effects of the first world war, with the struggle of paying reparations etc. and Hitler would have eventually influenced any crises event offered, to his and the Nazi party's advantage, and inevitably, would have become Chancellor. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sophie Tataryn Miss Marsh ...read more.

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