Asir asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 month ago

Interwar period 1918-1939?

What where the reasons why the Nazi Party was able to take power in Germany - what made 14 million Germans vote for Hitler and the Nazi party in a democratic election ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Germany was in chaos in the Interwar Period.  Politically the country had been humiliated by its defeat in WWI.  Sections of Germany had actually been carved off and given to other countries, like Alsace Lorraine to France.  Millions of young German men had been killed and others were left with injuries, sometimes severe and life long ones.  Immediately after the war, the country faced an attempted Communist revolution, which was violently put down.  Then the economy collapsed.  Hyper inflation ran rampant and Germany, which had been the richest country in continental Europe, was forced into poverty. 

    The Nazis promised to restore German greatness.  Without getting too political, they basically promised to Make Germany Great Again.  Of all the German political parties they were the most strenuous in promising that they would restore Germany to its prewar greatness.  They also provided an explanation for Germany's troubles absolved Germans of any role in the disaster of the war and the post-war era.  By blaming Jews and shadowy political and financial powers, the Nazis let everyone else off the hook. 

    One reason that so many people were willing to vote for the Nazis was that the alternatives spooked them.  In the early 1930s the other top two political parties were the Socialist party and the German Communist party.  If you were a conservative German then those parties scared you and maybe you could justify voting Nazi despite some of the extreme things they said sometimes.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    On July 29, 1921, Hitler assumed leadership of the organization (DAP), which by then had been renamed the Nationalist Socialist German Workers’ Party. In the 1930 General Election, the Nazi Party increases its representatives in parliament from 14 to 107. Hitler is now the leader of the second largest party in Germany. Hitler lost to Hindenburg in the 1932 general election who appointed him chancellor. So interestingly, Hitler personally never won an election. Germans largely voted Nazi because of harsh conditions f/ the WW1 treaty and the 1929 Depression causing hardship nationwide. He said "make Germany great again" w/ a campaign of misinformation and lies while blaming the press which tried to hold him accountable ... sound familiar?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You would need to understand the effect of the Treaty of Versailles, the Global Economic chaos of the Wall Street Crash and the hyperinflation of the German Mark.

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