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- Why did Hitler become Chancellor in January 1933? No one would ever have thought that Hitler as a young man would ever become the brilliant superman of his time. He didn't seem to possess any outstanding talent, quality, or ability in school and his grades constantly fell short. Hitler didn't even come from a rich background, sprout from a famous name, or work for a famous. So how then, might you ask, was Hitler able to become Chancellor? Long term bitterness from the treaty of Versailles, weaknesses in the constitution, the financial support of rich industrialists, propaganda, the economic depression, attacks on other parties, and his promises as well as his charismatic qualities, are just some of the reasons Hitler came to power. Starting as early as June 22, 1919, Hitler began to pave his way towards the premier role of Chancellor. The Treaty of Versailles signed in 1919 played a crucial part in determining the results of the election. The more unsatisfied the German people got with their government, the easier it was for them to embrace a new leader who could promise them a brighter future. ...read more.


Every sector of the German society seemed to hear something they wanted to hear. Workers were promised jobs, employers promised restored profits, farmers higher prices, shop keepers protection against competition, and lots more. During the crisis, people wanted someone to blame and looked to extreme solutions - Hitler offered both, and Nazi success in the elections grew. Still in 1919, the Sparticists attempted a staged revolution against the government. In fear, Freikorps (who were formed and approved by the president of the government, Ebert), were sent out, killing thousands of Sparticists and communist supporters on the streets of Berlin. While violent bloodshed occurred throughout Berlin, the government fled to Weimar to hold all their meetings because they felt that the capital was hazardous. The government grew even more disliked because people felt that Ebert had lost control over the situation after handing the government to the Freikorps. In 1923 (The Munich Putsch), the Nazi Party attempted a revolution; it showed that the Nazi Party took action to solve their problems and pursue ideas, which they later boasted about in coming speeches. ...read more.


Hitler was a brilliant speaker, a headstrong man who believed that God sent him to become the dictator of Germany and ruler of the world. His belief in himself persuaded the German people to believe in him. In November 1932, the Nazis failed yet again to retrieve the majority of seats in the Reichstag, however this time he was rescued by Hidenburg. Franz von Papen was chancellor, but could not get enough support in the Reichstag. Both Hidenburg and Von Papen were ordered to govern by emergency decree under Article 48, so they offered Hitler the post of vice-Chancellor if he promised to support them. However, Hitler refused and demanded he be named Chancellor. On Jan. 30 1933, Hidenburg reluctantly announced Hitler as chancellor. Each event and aspect in my opinion is equally important in Hitler's quest to power. Through the course of time, sudden twists of events, certain supporters, outstanding plans, and benefiting flaws, all gave way to Hitler's unpredictable role of Chancellor. Germany began to trust the consistent one-man leader that Hitler himself truly believed he was. And in the end, he didn't manage to take the power as hoped, -- he was given it. Heidi Yiu 10H 30/09/06 ...read more.

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