`Hitler became Chancellor in January 1933 because he was leader of the most popular party in Germany. ` How far do you agree with this judgement?
The Nazi party was slowly making its ascent into the whirlwind world of politics; at first glance they appeared to be making no progress, due to this they were paid very little attention. The government’s negligence of the party allowed them to grow gradually and undetected. Although their popularity contributed to Hitler`s appointment as Chancellor, it can be argued that there were more dominant factors that assisted Hitler in his rise to power. The prematurity of the government is often seen as the underlying factor; however some historians argue that the actions of Hindenburg, Von Papen and the desperation gave Hitler the final push in the direction of chancellorship.
Hitler very quickly realised the importance of propaganda, he then proceeded to use it as a means to target many of the German people’s grievances. He tailored his messages in such a way that he was able to appeal to both the socially downtrodden, the agrarian and industrial elites. Hitler became the central rallying figure that attracted wider support. In the 1630’s the Nazi party even did well in areas where they did not have to organise mass rallies. Nazi success can be partly attributed to the party’s organisational structure, throughout Germany. In order to get their message out further and to different sorts of Germans, the Hitler youth was created, this helped groom children from a young age to function with a Nazi mind set. Under the watchful organisation of Gregor Strasser, the party built up an efficient structure that allowed them to exploit the economic, social and political deterioration after 1929. The Nazi’s did not only try to appeal nationally, they understood the importance of local supports. They made extra effort to gain local support; they targeted local influential people, such as butchers, teachers, essentially, people...
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