Depression and Nazis Essay

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Depression and Nazis

The depression of 1929 occurred due to the Wall Street crash in America. America had been lending money to Germany in a plan called the 'Dawes plan'. Once the wall street crash occurred, America wanted their money back and this lead to German businesses and banks closing. As a result of this people turned to the politicians for an answer. Many of the political parties did not have an answer. There is no doubt in my mind that this was the most important reason for Hitler coming to power. The Weimar government seemed helpless to revive the German economy. Hitler had been waiting for this opportunity a long time and when he finally got it he exploited it.

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He promised the unemployed jobs through government spending and public works schemes. Nationalists were told that they could reclaim the land that they had lost at Versailles, Hitler also promised to unite all German - speaking people, and conquer Lebensraum for Germany. Farmers were promised stability and the chance to root out the cause of the depression (the Jews).

Hitler also used propaganda to whip up fear and hatred of the communists. He also used what some people called his propaganda machine, E.g. Newspapers, posters and film. He did this to get his message across to the German people.

The Nazis also claimed that Germany needed a strong leader and also needed to get rid of the Treaty of Versailles.

The Nazis succeeded in the elections as businessmen were afraid of communists who would try and nationalize industry. The middle class people hoped that the Nazis would prevent them from more inflation. The unemployed thought that the Nazis would get people to get back to work.

Hitler was a good public speaker and whipped up emotions in his rallies. He was dynamic and gave his message to millions with propaganda. He was the only politician who gave the German people any hope and so the German people started to vote for him. He also used simple slogans that anyone could understand even if they were not interested in politics, for example, "We want work and
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