Hitlers Rise to Power

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Zahra Lahgazi The Causes of Hitlers Rise to Power The 30th of January, 1933 marks the day in which Germany and to a greater extent the world was rocked forever. Why? Because the leader of the Nazis, a nationalist and socialist party was signed in as the chancellor of Germany. His name, Adolf Hitler, has grown to be recognised as one of the most hated in history to this day. How did this malicious man grasp the power of Germany? It turns out that some of the causes sprouted from some of the darkest times in German history… The Treaty of Versailles may have been intended to weaken Germany forever, but instead it turned out to be one of the vital underlying causes as to Hitler’s uprising. The Treaty was signed in 1919 to clean up the after…show more content…
The Great Depression was a result of the American stock market crashing, all over the globe prices skyrocketed and unemployment rates were steadily rising. This had almost immediate effects on Europe, but it had particularly harsh effects on Germany. Some years earlier, America had loaned money to Germany when they had none to pay back the reparations to France. Out of the blue they asked for their money back to try and mellow out the collapse. As European banks rushed to pay back what they owed to the USA countless numbers of Germans were swiped of their savings. This meant that Germany was in an even worse state that before. There were 6.1 million unemployed workers roaming the country by 1933 and foreign countries set up trade barriers to keep their own industries alive. Just like in the days of hyper-inflation everyone was in a state of shock. And for a second time the government failed to provide a solution the mess and again people were ready to support and person or party which offered explanations for their current situation. This sense of desperation from German society caused Adolf Hitler and his Russian counterpart, Stalin to gain large followings. He offered something beneficial to people from all walks of life, including the bottom class of society; the working class. This group made up a large percentage of the population and so it made Hitler quite popular. He became very influential and eventually held the ultimate power of Germany in his grasp

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