“Hitler Became Chancellor in January 1933 Because He Was the Leader of the Most Popular Party in Germany” – How Far Do You Agree with This Opinion.

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“Hitler became chancellor in January 1933 because he was the leader of the most popular party in Germany” – How far do you agree with this opinion.
Hitler did not become chancellor in January 1933 because he was the leader of the most popular party in Germany, it was however to do with the support of the elite that made him Chancellor. There were other factors also such as the decline of the Weimar Republic and the economy but it was mainly to do with the conservatives.
One factor that shows that the support of the elite was the reason that Hitler had become Chancellor was the event of the Bamberg conference. It could be argued that this conference had changed the ideology of the NSDAP and had made it more conservative. In the Bamberg
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Evidence that also suggest that Hitler was successful at gaining a majority of votes was in 1932, when the Nazis had gained 37% of the votes. However it could be argued that without the support of the conservatives such as Hugenburg, they may not have found the funding for the propaganda, so in other words without Hugenburg and other conservatives they may not have gained a majority of votes in 1932. Also even if they were there the largest party in 1932, it wasn’t till 6 months later that Hitler had become chancellor. This shows how Hitler had not become Chancellor because he had the most popular party but it was due to the support of the elite.
However another factor that could have helped Hitler gain chancellorship was the decline of the Weimar Republic. The use of the presidential decree called Article 48, had also helped Hitler to become chancellor. It could be argued that the process of destruction of the democratic system started before Hitler became chancellor. For example in march 1930, Bruning was appointed chancellor after the collapse of Muller’s grand coalition, even though Bruning’s Z party did not hold a Reichstag majority. President Hindenburg clarified that if Bruning’s minority government lost confidence of the Reichstag, Hindenburg would dissolve the Reichstag rule by decree. This shows how the decline of the Weimar republic could have helped Hitler to become chancellor, as Hindenburg was slowly trying to create a more

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