After the failure of the putsch on November 9, 1923 and his “one year” imprisonment, Adolf Hitler realized that he needed to change his approach in order to seize the power he desired. In order to overthrow the government, Hitler needed to use democracy. After the stock market crash in 1929, the notion of Hitler becoming the leader became more tempting for the Germans. Using the tragic state of the economy to rise to power, Hitler managed to become Chancellor in 1933. This essay will discuss why Hitler was able seize so much power by inspecting the Treaty of Versailles, his political abilities and use of propaganda, and the stock market crash.
The Treaty of Versailles played a crucial role in Hitler’s rise to power. Signed on June 28, 1919, the treaty was used to punish Germany for the damages and war crimes Germany committed during WWI. In the treaty, Germany was forced to pay immense war reparations. The Germans saw Hitler as a leader whom could create a solution for their problems and a more unified country. Prussian nobleman, Arnold Freiherr von Vietinghoff- Reisch stated “Hitler for many of us was the savior from the economic and social disaster, the unifier of the German people, the man who was restoring the its honor abroad...”
Hitler’s political abilities were outstanding. In order to attract and unite the German citizens, he used his personality, propaganda and wisely planned his speeches. Hitler used simple and concise language during his speeches so all citizens will understand him more and hopefully support him. He also had strong propaganda slogans painted promises of an alluring future for Germany. His first and most significant point was the “rebirth” of Germany to after the catastrophic Treaty of Versailles, which would be abolished when he seized power along with the other reparations. He promised to improve economic prosperity by changing the strategy that the current government used. A German whom had given Hitler