Hitler Rise To Power Essay

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Hitler 's Rise to Power: When Illusion feeds Disillusion Back in May 1928, Germany had just voted for constitutional parties, leaving Müller, a Social Democrat to become the country 's new Chancellor. Four years later, the Nazi Party (NSDAP) had earned the largest portion of control over the Reichstag parliament, with 37.4% of the vote, compared to only 2.5% in 1928. How did the political and economical context help the Nazis mold their promises and image so as to appeal to the masses during the elapsed period? Under Müller, the German people had hoped for an efficient democracy. However, due to the Chancellor 's decision to bring the right-wing and left-wing parties together, making decisions was increasingly hard. This became a primary …show more content…
After all, in their program, Nazis affirmed that they wanted “the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class”. Plus, the traditional right-wing parties, who usually attract this group, had been losing grounds since 1929, and many members either resigned or joined forces with the Nazis in the early 1930s. Now, the NSDAP also attracted many from the working class, but also women, young and first-time voters. In other words, even though Nazis were most popular with the middle-class, they still appealed to a diverse audience. Undoubtedly, this is partly due to their promise to form “a strong central authority in the State”, which resonated with most since the unstable previous years. Now, what truly made the political group stand out was “the idea of Volksgemeinschaft (community of people) [which] enabled all class to feel at home in the party, and the myth of the charismatic 'Führer '”. Somehow, Hitler appeared as a young, eloquent, and ferocious possible leader, which broke away from the elderly President Hindenburg, as well as the indecisive previous Chancellors. Also, his hatred of the democracy, of the communists, of anything that could possibly injure Germany such as the Treaty of Versailles, or supposedly any non-nationalistic (and other aliens of the “Germanic race”) or incompetent group, revived as well as worsened the fears and rancor of the nation. That said, the Communist Party, who at its apogee had 17% of the vote, was never as bad of a danger as it was depicted. However, its global bleak image, its heavy presence in urban areas where the unemployed let their voices heard, and the deadly 'Hamburg Uprising ' of 1923, led people to believe (also through propaganda) that the threat was

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