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The Failure Of The Weimar Republic

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Nazism was so radically different from the Weimar Republic, so why were Germans so attracted to it? Unlike the Weimar Republic, Nazism appealed to every class and age, its social Darwinist approach allowed anyone to rise up in the ranks, and the Gau made people feel in power. Hitler took any flaw of the Nazi Party, and blamed the current government for being unstable. Hitler made the German people feel like they mattered by offering stability in a time of chaos. In sum, The Nazi Party prospered from the failure of the Weimar Republic. The Nazi Party was founded in 1920, one year after the end of world war two, and one year before the hyperinflation of the Weimar Republic. The Nazi Party was a dictatorship, while the Weimar Republic was a democracy. The time in which the Nazi Party was…show more content…
In a time of such chaos, the Nazis presented themselves as defenders of Germany. The Nazis took advantage of everything that was occurring, and wanted to and eventually succeeded in making themselves patriots. Hitler wanted a revolution, but the Beer Hall Putsch of November 8-9, 1923 had failed. Hitler, however, took this failure and turned it into success. Hitler had gained fame from his trial from February to April of 1924, his speech during the trial made him seem brave and patriotic, “He ranted against the treaty (Versailles) as ‘a law which advocated immorality in 414 articles.’ To violate its provisions was an act of patriotism. Hitler did not deny his militias’ treasonous intent but rather enveloped their crimes in rhetorical clouds of ‘honor, liberty and fatherland’”. Hitler made his actions honorable, and made the Weimar Republic seem unpatriotic. Hitler highlighted the Weimar Republics’ instability. He succeeded in using the flaws of the Weimar Republic, to make himself more well-known. Although Hitler had served a small sentence, his time in prison did not stop him from taking control of the Nazi Party.
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