With all these advantages on his side, and with the depression hitting Germany hard in 1929, it was just a matter of time before Hitler would "claim his throne". The Depression was the single most important factor in Hitler's rise to power. In 1929 a shockwave began in New York the affected the entire world. Germany was affected the most. Many historians, including Mckibbin and Taylor, believed that the depression was the turning point for Hitler and the nazi party.
It was not only one or two parts of society which were affected, but mostly every social class. At the time the stock market crashed, Germany was just developing its economy, since Germany lost most of their industry to the Allies in the Treaty of Versailles. The Great Depression in 1929 was a huge contribution for Hitler’s rise to power. As most people lost their jobs and the unemployment increased disastrous, the German inhabitants did no longer believe in the Weimar Republic. Money was not valuable anymore and many Germans suffered from poverty and illness.
The failure of the economy, extreme nationalism and the fragile government of Germany in the 1920’s and 30’s could also be seen as the reason for Hitler’s success(Wepman 98). The end of W.W.I left Germany in economic debt, suffering to survive. The Treaty of Versailles blamed Germany for the war and required them to pay for all the reparations. With many unemployed and homeless, the country was in economic ruins(Heck 120). To try and end their suffering, the German government printed more money, which in turn caused inflation and more problems.
The stock market crash and depression in the United States had spread world wide, and Germany felt a large portion of the blow. The debts from World War I had begun the economic crisis, but the depression only added to the problem. At that point in time, Germany was plagued with high inflation, and the value of the German mar was on the decline. Bread lines formed because of the food shortage leaving many people to go hungry. This economic state is one of the driving forces behind the successful takeover of the German state by the Nazi party.
This was made possible by Article forty-eight in the constitution which stated that in an emergency, th... ... middle of paper ... ... years, Hitler and the NSDAP gained more and more power until in 1933, when Hitler took over. Their leader Adolf Hitler had power over the Reichstag and was in every position to dominate German society. The years leading up to 1933 were rich in opportunities for an extremist uprising. The Weimar Republic was weak, and Germany was in the midst of political anguish. The German people were looking for a strong and decisive leader and they found it in Hitler.
Extreme Nationalist, Hitler’s Rise into Power In 1933, a widely known nationalist figure known as Adolf Hitler, rose into power as chancellor of Germany. Germany’s weak government and economic stability gave an enormous opportunity for a new leader to take control. With this control and power, Hitler and his party, the National Socialist German Workers' Party, or Nazi party for short, Hitler rapidly set up concentration camps, created the Gestapo, and began his massacre of 6 million Jews. During the 1930s, the great depression had the Germanic people desperate for a new leader and economic turn. With a high unemployment rate and a weak political government system, known as the Weimar Republic, the German society had hope for someone who would take control of Germany as a “hero.” Adolf Hitler positioned himself as this “hero” and made appealing speeches, promising a new outlook on life with more opportunities for everyone.
Factors that Contributed to Hitler's Rise to Power Both long-term and short-term causes contributed to Hitler's rise to power in many ways. The treaty of Versailles was a long-term cause .It caused chaos in Germany many years after the terms were agreed. The Germans from the beginning hated it. Hitler often spoke how he wanted to get rid of the treaty, when he addressed his rallies, this also makes it a short-term cause as it was spoken about in Hitler's speeches at that point in time. Hitler made it matter to him, therefore it would seem sufficient to the current situation in Germany between 1923 and 1933.
Things were hard for the newly elected Chancellor Fr... ... middle of paper ... ... Hitler was able to take complete power through careful planning and utilizing opportune moments throughout the 1920s and 30s. He took full advantage of the situation that Germany found itself in after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and was quick to point the finger at “November Criminals,” communists and Jews. After the failure of the Beer Hall Putsch Hitler started to meticulously plan details of his legal ascension to power through the use of propaganda and the establishment of groups such as the Hitler Youth. From 1929 to 1933 Hitler again took full advantage of the depression and awful situation that Germany was in. He exploited the fatal flaw in the Weimar constitution and all of the hard work was now done.
Hitler had to overcome many roadblocks on his way to power, one of which was internal strife within the Nazi party. On several occasions the Nazi party was afflicted by desertion of several high profile members, including Gregor Strasser who was the second most powerful man in the Nazi party before his leaving. The Nazi party itsel... ... middle of paper ... ...o hard to undermine the ability of the Weimar Government are the same people that put Hitler into power; with the overall goal of letting Hitler have his day in the sun before getting put back into a metaphorical box. In the end it was Hitler who took power away from those that appointed him. The Weimar Republic eventual demise was a product of circumstance, the Republic was not doomed to failure based on it won merits.
Hitler had good speaking abilities, which helped him win over the public. His use of force with the SA also contributed in his rise. Hitler also used the weakness of government signing of the Versailles treaty to bring down the Weimar Republic. With all these advantages on his side, and with the depression hitting Germany in 1929, it was just a matter of time before Hitler would become chancellor. The depression weakened the Weimar government because: 1.Most Germans judged their country by its economic success, so it was failing the presumed the country was too.