Nazism: Nazi Germany and Adolf Hitler

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Nazism – the dominant force in Germany

In the 1930's, Nazism became the dominant force in Germany. Adolf Hitler fought for Germany during World War One. Afterwards he became the instrumental piece in the formation and growth of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP/ Nazi Party).With help and taking advantage from various key factors, Hitler and the NSDAP rose into power. He expressed his hatred towards the defeat of World War One, and played on grievances from the Great Depression. Key factors such as the responses to signing the Treaty of Versailles, and the instability of the German democracy, supported him. As there was more negativity to the German economy, the more appealing were the NSDAP and their promises for a Greater Germany. By 1918, Germany was being defeated in most areas of the war. The German economy was in ruins (i.e. starvation at home, and mutiny in the navy). Thus, the German generals requested armistice negotiations with the Allies in November. Adolf Hitler had supported World War One, "I fell down on my knees and thanked Heaven from an over flowing heart" [Early Days Article, p1]. In response, to Germany's defeat, Mein Kampf, relates to how his "head became afire with rage and shame" [Early Days Article, p2]. To Hitler, and many others, the German politicians who signed the armistice, in the 18th of November 1918, were traitors to the country. This being the betrayal of two million Germans. This ‘back-stabbed' theory had become quite popular amongst the majority of Germans, amongst those who found it impossible to admit defeat. During the war, Hitler became obsessed with this idea. He especially blamed the Jews and Marxists for undermining the war effort. Months later, Germany was to sign the Treaty of Versailles, accepting the blame for starting the war (Article 231 of the treaty). On June 28 1919, the German foreign minister, Hermann Müller, and the minister of transport, Johannes Bell agreed to sign the Treaty of...
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