Hitler rise to power 1930-1939
Germany was in an exceedingly unpleasant state after the WW1. The Treaty of Versailles meant the people had to take full blame for the war. Reparations were even harder to pay since Germany was in the midst of one of the worst depression the world has ever seen at the time. Not to mention a brand new government, one that had nothing to do with the signing of this treaty, had taken over power. All of the people of this once superpower of a country was in a state of perplexity because they had lost a war at had been fought entirely on enemy soil. Germany was searching for an answer to its insurmountable problems, and found that answer in a Nazi named Adolf Hider. By the 1936 Berlin Olympics Hitler was on the top of the world. All eyes were on him as he presented meddles. Everyone was in awe of the man how pulled Germany back, but how did this world war one corporal come to power? After a failed Putsch and brief jail sentence with the release of his book Mein Kampf this relatively unknown man was slowly becoming a house hold name. Once released from prison, Hitler decided to seize power constitutionally rather than by force of arms. Using demagogic oratory, Hitler spoke to scores of mass audiences, calling for the German people to resist the oppression of Jews and Communists, and to create a new empire which would rule the world for 1,000 years. Hitler did this in many ways. Hitler cleverly identified the Jews as a suitable cape goat still outsider enough to be isolated and cast adrift by their German identity to be seen as any enemy to ‘real Germans’. Hitler also used the growing fear of communism to gain support. Middle class and wealth ‘Junker’ particularly liked Hitler stand on communism. During his rise to power Hitler made extensive use of modern technology in various ways. The first, and most useful, technique that they employed was the use of the radio to reach mass audiences. Secondly, Hitler was the first major leader of any time to commute by airplane. He used this as a sort of propaganda, and also to get his message across to more people. The third and final way in which the Nazis used technology was during the famous party rallies.
Hitler was a leader whose greatest asset was his ability as a speaker. He was well aware of this, and also aware of the fact that the broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force. Clearly, a man who realizes the power of the spoken word, and who is also a great orator, will try to reach as many people as possible with his speeches. Hitler did just that, by using the modern mass media, especially radio. His powerful, emotional, speeches reached not only the people at the rallies, but reached the average German sitting in the beer garden as well. Normally, this would be a beneficial side effect for a leader. But because Hitler's speeches were so overwhelmingly powerful, and listeners were caught in the spell of powerful emotions of hatred and exaltation, the radio was a tremendous ally for the Nazis in their struggle for power. .
The second facet of modern technology employed by the Nazis was the use of the airplane. The greatest help the airplane provided was allowing Hitler to move quickly between cities, thus again allowing him to reach a greater audience, which allowed him to reel in more supporters. While the use of the airplane as a mode of transportation was useful, the propaganda use was even greater. In "Triumph of the Will", a film by Leni Riefenstalen, nearly two minutes of the opening is devoted to showing Hitler descending through the clouds in his plane. With such a massive amount of screen time used to show this, it is obvious that Hitler wanted the viewer to come away with some impressions of him. By descending through the clouds, with the sun burning brightly, Hitler creates a visual simile, comparing himself to an angel or some sort of heavenly being. The angel, of...
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