‘The Wall Street Crash was the most important reason for the increase in support for the Nazis during the period 1928-32’. Do you agree? Explain your answer.
The depression also weakened the Weimar government, there were unpopular economic policies, for over half a century the Germans had judged their country by economic success, therefore when the economy was failing the Germans believed the country was too! The government had no idea how to solve the problems of unemployment and poverty. The chancellor raised taxes, cut wages and reduced the unemployment benefit; these policies were defiantly not going to win over the support of the citizens. Due to the fact that the country was in such a mess, politics was so important. People who would have normally not bothered to vote, had to because action had to be taken to restore the country. Desperation caused people to turn to the extremes, of which the Nazi party clearly were. They took full advantage of the desperation running throughout the country, claiming they could get rid of the enemy within, blaming the Weimar Republic for all the current problems and they promised jobs and a stable country. These policies were clearly appealing to the suffering Germans. Because the German people were turning to the extremes because of the Wall Street Crash, there was a fear of communism the middle classes were scared the working classes would turn to communism so they went the opposite way, voting for the right wingers. However, there were also other factors that gained support for the Nazis. For example, Hitler himself – Hitler was an extraordinary public speaker; he was able to win over thousands of people through the way he delivered his policies through speech. He was also an extremely strong leader, Germany needed someone like this to solve the problems in the country. The Nazis made their policies and promises things that everyone wanted to here, workers were promised jobs, employers were promised restored...
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