As we know from our history books the era surrounding WWII was a gruesome time for Germany and all over the world. In Germany however the Nazis have taken over and are implementing their control all over. They forced shops to close, controlled newspapers, and the radio. How was this possible? How could one man, Adolph Hitler lead one of the nastiest movements the world has ever seen? Hitler took advantage while Germany was down; suffering from the losses it gained in WWI and eventually the hard times during the depression. It was the fall of the Weimar Republic that allowed Hitler to slide in.
When World War I ended Germany had suffered defeat. Many thought that this meant liberal democracy in Europe was saved. They were right for a short while. In Germany the monarchy collapsed and the Social Democrats (SPD) came to power. A new constitution was created in the city of Weimar in 1919, hence the Weimar Republic. During this republic Germany had a history of problems. Things were not looking very bright for the citizens.
Some problems the Weimar Republic had were frequently changing cabinets and party coalitions, civil disagreements, and economic and political problems. Reparations also had to be made by Germany to pay for the war debts it caused as said in the Treaty of Versailles. From the years 1925 to 1929 Germany found relatively good stability until 1930 when the Great Depression began.
During the depression Europe as a whole faced many challenges from each side of the political spectrum and democracy was questioned everywhere. Since the Weimar Republic was already weak it was facing many obstacles. With all the reparations being paid and money being scarce because of the depression, inflation became a huge problem for the republic and this had to do with French occupation of German cities to help force reparation payments. Another growing problem was the uncontrollable economic fluctuations. Citizens also became a... [continues]
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