Nazi Germany

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Nazi Germany

After World War I, or The Great War as it was known back then,

Germany was left devastated both financially and, since German

propaganda had not prepared the nation for defeat, emotionally, resulting

in a sense of injured German national pride. But because Germany was

“stabbed in the back” by its leftwing politicians, Communists, and Jews,

or more colourfully known as the ‘November Criminals’, it was still

widely believed that Germany had not truly been defeated. When a new

government, the Weimar Republic, tried to establish a democratic course,

extreme political parties from both the right and the left struggled violently

for control. “The new regime could neither handle the depressed economy

nor the rampant lawlessness and disorder.” Amongst all this confusion and

squabbling, one party and one man seemed to stand out. The man was

Adolf Hitler and the party was the German Workers’ Party (DAP) later to

be called the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) or more

widely known as the Nazi Party’s.

The German Workers’ Party (DAP) was just another party

espousing a right-wing ideology, like many other similar groups of

demobilized soldiers. However this simplicity of the party would have

been the attribute which would have attracted Hitler the most. This

allowed Hitler to pour his beliefs into the party and mold it into his image.

Soon after his joining of the party, Hitler renamed it to the National

Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) but even then it was merely a

gang of unemployed soldiers who’s “spirits had been crushed and who’s

guns had rusted away.” But after Hitler’s first public presentation, in a

beer cellar, things started to change drastically. With the money from...

... middle of paper ... Hall, Putsch. After failing

disastrously in completing the putsch successfully, Hitler vowed to seize

power legitimately rather than forcibly. As the Great Depression set in,

global economic activity slowed but Germany’s economy was one of

which was hardest hit. Throughout the use of manipulative technology,

organised propaganda and well organised skills as well as many other

colourful techniques the Nazi Party managed to gain the most seats in the

party’s history as well as the history of the Weimar Republic. The ways in

which Hitler and the Nazis adapted to and manipulated the vulnerable

German people allowed them to progressively gain more support more

votes and more power. Until, finally, on 30 January, 1930, Hitler was

appointed Chancellor. From here on in, Hitler was setting the rules of the


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