Was the Great Depression was the catalyst for the growth of Nazi support?
The Great depression of 1030 left Germany’s economy badly damaged. During the early 1930s Germany experienced a time of economic downturn. Unemployment was high and the economy was failing, many Germans could not even afford basic necessities such as food. This essay shall discuss whether the Great Depression was the catalyst for the growth of Nazi support. It is obvious that many Germans suffered because of the depression. I personally feel that the Great Depression was the catalyst for the growth in Nazi support because Germany had been badly damaged and Germans wanted a strong leader, someone such as Hitler. However I feel there were many other reasons why the Nazis support grew as well such as propaganda.
There are many reasons why the Great Depression was the catalyst for the growth of Nazi support. One of the most important reasons was that it weakened Germany as a nation. Germany was particularly badly affected. American bankers and businessman lost huge amounts of money in the crash. To pay off their debts they asked German banks to repay the money they had borrowed. The result was economic collapse in Germany. Businesses went bankrupt, workers were laid off and unemployment rocketed.
Another important reason why the Great Depression was the catalyst for the growth in Nazi support was because it weakened the Weimar government. The Weimar government was unable to solve the issue of unemployment which caused many Germans to lose faith in the Weimar government. The government was more scared of what would happen if there was another period of inflation than it was of unemployment. So instead the Chancellor raised taxes, reduced unemployment benefit and cut wages. These policies made the Weimar government very unpopular amongst the German people. These policies also caused the collapse of the government because The Social Democrats withdrew from the coalition. To many...
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