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 ... ...er 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 game. Bibliography: www.waffenss.com

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