How Did The Economic Depression Make Hitler Chancellor?

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In this essay I will argue that the economic depression got the Nazis to a powerful position in the Reichstag, however when the economic depression declined the amount of votes that the Nazis obtained also decreased in the Reichstag elections. Therefore the economic depression did not make Adolf Hitler Chancellor but other main factors including the oratory skills of Hitler, the propaganda campaign of Goebbels and the fact that Hindenburg and Von Papen thought that they could control Hitler once he was Chancellor. The smaller extreme parties also would not work together although combined they could have had more support than the Nazis. The Treaty of Versailles also contributed to Hitler’s rise to power as the German people were still angry …show more content…
Hitler made people stop thinking logically but emote which created a better atmosphere at the speech as he took advantage of the situation and talked about the economic depression and unemployment which made people angry. At the time the people were willing to accept anything after so many years of depression so Hitler promised to reduce the amount of unemployment and he promised to increase the average pension which made him extremely popular amongst the masses. The propaganda campaign of Goebbels was created in order to persuade the German people of the benefits of Nazi rule. The Nazis were working full capacity to spread their message as Hitler believed that if you have the mind of the people then you will obtain power. This is portrayed by Goebbels stating that ‘the essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it.’ This is how the Nazis drew in the German people with magnificent displays and then the people were hooked, with more spectacles that confirmed the strength of the Nazi party. The Nazis indulged in pageantry and spectacle and held torch lit parades and mass rallies which portrayed the Party as strong so people started to follow along with Nazi ideals. Thousands of posters, broadsheets and pamphlets were handed out whilst Hitler was flown around to make speeches and he could even visit five cities a day which was an extremely effective method of spreading their perspectives. Hitler also took over newspapers which most people could afford and this allowed an accessible means of communicating his views and the times and location of the torch-lit parades which made the people feel like the Nazi party will fulfil their promises. This propaganda however was based around the economic

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