Explain why Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in January 1933.

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Explain why Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in January 1933.

It has been argued that the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor of Germany on 30th January 1933 was due to his colossal public support. However, although this was a major factor in Hitler's rise to power it was not the main cause his appointment as Chancellor. It was in fact the political circumstances at the time coupled with the fact that he was underestimated by many other powerful and influential politicians which was the crucial factor in his appointment as Chancellor in 1933..

In 1929 the world was struck by the Wall Street Crash and the consequences for Germany were disastrous. The republic had projected the view of a relatively stable and prosperous economy between the years of 1924 and 1929, however the collapse of the New York stock exchange immediately revealed the flaws of the German economy. Germany's prosperity had been based on foreign loans and investments; these were withdrawn straight after the crash. This led to a fall in prices, wages and a surge of unemployment. In 1928 Germany already had unemployment rate of 1.3 million this was to gradually increase to an eventual peak of 6.1 million in 1933. 1929 was the same year in which Gustav Stresemann was to die, perhaps the only man who would have been able to save Germany from her economic crisis as he had done in 1923 after hyper inflation had set in.

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 The Wall Street Crash left the Germany people distraught and desperate; this was especially present in agricultural areas as farming had never really recovered from the war. Hitler and the Nazis used this to their advantage as a way of gaining public support. The Nazis were extremely

effective when it came to the use of propaganda and would target particular groups with an appropriate message to gain their support. The Nazis radiated a youthful and dynamic image while keeping what appeared to be traditional German values of order and organisation. Goebbels and his Ministry for Propaganda gave the Nazi ...

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