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Was any one reason more important than the others in Hitler's rise to power? Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. This was his opportunity to spread his ideas put Germany in a position of authority in the world. There are some very important reasons why Hitler came to power. It is difficult to say if one is more important than the other because all the reasons are connected in some way. The Treaty of Versailles was primarily the beginning of Hitler's rise to power. Hitler used the fact that the German public disagreed with the terms of the treaty to his advantage. When the Germany government agreed to sign the treaty in 1919, the country was in uproar. No one agreed with the signing and everyone thought that the treaty was very unfair. This is when Hitler decided to take action. In his speeches he mentioned how he disagreed with the treaty and wanted to go against it. When Germany went into hyperinflation after the government signed the treaty, Hitler popularity only grew. Hitler was promoting what the German public were thinking. He declared that he would overrun the terms of the treaty and by doing this overrun the authority of the countries that drew it up, Britain and France. ...read more.


This at the time seemed very attractive to the poverty stricken public, they had lost all hope in the Weimar government and they needed a change. This made the unemployed, elderly and middle class support Hitler strongly. Hitler had one more hurdle to overcome. To will over the support of an entire country you need to attract support from all the classes. Hitler managed to do so with his outstanding public speaking skills. He knew what the public wanted to hear and the way he delivered it was perfect. He created a sense of excitement in the crowds; they wanted to hear him speak. His ideas were not new and the crowd were not attracted to the ideas on their own but the way Hitler delivered over his ideas was the attraction. He used the volume of his voice, the pace of the words and repetition to get the audiences attention. Soon people were travelling all over the country just to hear him speak; it was a light at the end of the tunnel for most. He bought confidence back into Germany, something the public had not seen in a very long time. Another quality of Hitler's speaking was that he knew how to adapt the way he spoke depending on who he was speaking to. ...read more.


No one could overrule them, no one could disagree with them and no one could stop them. They were on a mission and they intended to complete it. They started by putting forward the enabling law. This allowed the Nazis to put into prison camps any communists that they wanted. In Hitler's eyes all communists, Jews and anyone that was not completely German did not deserve to live. In conclusion there was not one single most important reason why Hitler came to power. Each cause leads into another. If the government had not signed the Treaty of Versailles, the public would not have lost faith in the government. The treaty was signed and the government printed money to pay reparations leading to hyperinflation. This lead to an economic depression which created to unemployment and poverty. This gave Hitler an opportunity to speak his mind, but Hitler was only listened to because of his great speaking skills. If it hadn't have been for Hitler's speaking skills he would not have received the support of the rich and would have gone bankrupt. Finally the decision for Hindenburg and Von Papen to appoint him as chancellor in 1933 only can about after he proved himself to be a good leader by setting up shelters and homes for the people in poverty. Without the cause before it, no one cause could have taken place. Rina Goldwater History CW ...read more.

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