The Influence of the Nazi Party in Germany

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The history that the Nazi’s left behind without a doubt is filled with horrors and tragedies, yet somehow they had consistent majority support and the faith of the German people in there hands. For myself and other historians it is hard to believe the horrors of the holocaust could have happened without the majority support of the German population. In the words of Professor James Glass “The holocaust took collective belief within Germany ”. When considering the legitimacy of the Nazi party, often all we consider is the holocaust- but for Germans there was much more. In just under twenty years the Nazi party was able to gain sole leadership by popular vote in Germany. This tells us that there had to be benefits in “Voting Nazi”. The fact the Nazi’s were a successful political party comes as a shock to most people, especially when we only teach/learn the terrible actions they committed. William Brustein stressed the horrible social and economic lives of Germans at the time and why a party like the Nazi’s had to step up. “Only an account of, interest-based action“ reveals the clearly wide appeal of the Nazi Party as the logical choice for millions of Germans,” the Nazi Party drew into its ranks a large percentage of, blue-collar workers, livestock farmers, and independent artisans.” Politically, the Nazi Party offered a third path be- tween Marxist centralized state planning and laissez-faire capitalism ” William Brustein’s book lays out the popularity of the Nazi party in a way that makes it clear that the German did support them. The popularity of the Nazi party was spread through all groups of Germans, making it even easier to win election. The First World War laid the platforms for the politics of Weimar Germany, and helped cr... ... middle of paper ... ...05 percent voter turn out in 1933 in Germany, Adolf Hitler was able to win his election by an unbelievable 26%. He also had five other opponents who only combined for 57% of the vote. Even with only one opponent Hitler would have had the advantage, as he won every district but two. This type of victory would be unheard of in the United States. In the United States during the same time in 1932 Franklin Roosevelt was only able to win by 17.5% and lost seven states. In 1936,1940, and 1944 Roosevelt received a smaller percent of the vote and won fewer states. The only two elections, which would compare was the election of Johnson over Goldwater- which was caused by a political ad, and the election of Reagan over Mondale- due to short-term economic success . Still both of these presidents were unable to show the popularity through vote totals like Hitler was able to do.

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