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Why did Hitler come to power in Germany in 1933?

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Why did Hitler come to power in Germany in 1933? Adolf Hitler came into power in Germany in 1933. Today he is known for being the man responsible for the 2nd world war, the man with the eccentric image of a united pure race; an abundance of Jews and other despised groups. But in 1933 it was different. Hitler was not known for these things, or even widely for the above ideas. In 1933 Hitler was sworn in after being voted for by the German people. Why Germany? Why Hitler? Why 1933? Hitler tried and failed to gain power in 1923. Why didn't it work the first time? These are all essential questions to ask if we wish to understand the important events that followed; an organised, racist massacre and a World War. And naturally also if we wish to learn from Germany's mistakes. The 2nd world war is a part of history that the British people are most aware of. The causes of it are less known. ...read more.


In order to find so much, German goods must be sold. But none of the Allies were keen to accept a huge amount of these. The economic situation made matters worse. Because Germany could not meet reparations requirements, France invaded the Ruhr in 1923 to take over the coal mines. The resulting inflation wiped out savings, pensions, insurance, and other forms of fixed income, creating a social revolution that destroyed the most stable elements in Germany. German money became worthless. Millions of Marks were worth nothing. The Weimar Republic lacked public support and so was weak. Rebellions, though mainly unsuccessful, were common. One of these rebellions was lead by Adolf Hitler. In 1923 he organized an uprising in Munich and announced that the Nazis were the new German government. However, with little support in the rest of Germany, and from the army, he was sentenced to five years in prison on the charge of high treason. Why didn't this uprising work? There are things to consider: though weak, every year the economy was getting stronger. ...read more.


Most Germans saw Hitler as their salvation, someone that actually did things, someone who would bring Germany out of the economic depression and out of the embarrassment of the Versailles Settlement and their defeat in World War I. Not all Germans would agree with his anti- Semitic policies but not many would disagree either. Jews were disliked in most European countries at that time, although not that much would wish for Jews to be exterminated entirely. For many middle -class people and land owners, the thing that prompted them to vote for Hitler in the end was the fear of communists. They could see the threat of the east and feared communism, which meant losing their wealth and land. So why did Hitler gain power? He gained power because of the desperate situation of the time. He gained power because Germany was desperate, and needed a man who could be great, a man who could raise Germany up. A man who would defy the weak democracy and be their one leader, and who would not take away their wealth. He told Germans what they wanted to hear, and then made all support him. ...read more.

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