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 effects of WW1 and Germany, the leader of the ‘central powers’ was outraged at the results. They forced to pay reparations back to France that totalled at 6600 million British pounds. But that wasn’t all, Germany lost 13.5% of her land to France and to form the recently established buffer zone; Poland, and perhaps the most humiliating of all, they were forced to accept responsibility for plunging the world into conflict. Germany fell further and further into debt. Then in 1923, super-inflation occurred, leaving the German mark worthless and the country in an endless downward spiral. At this time, the Reichstag’s efforts to settle the economic collapse were ineffective and people were starting to get fed up with their government. They became willing to support any new leader whose ideas offered a solution to their steady decline. It was at this time that Hitler’s ideas didn’t seem so bad after all. To everyone questioning their current national state, Hitler offered answers. He promised to restore Germany to the top and claimed to have found the culprits of their downfall. In this case, fingers would be pointed at the Jews who were common scapegoats of the time. He was the saviour everyone was wishing for. In the same year...
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