What Is The Significance Of Hitler's Rise To Power

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Examine the importance of each of the following in the rise to power of Hitler: popular support for his aims, underestimation by opponents and economic conditions

‘By the skillful and sustained use of propaganda, one can make a people see even heaven as hell or an extremely wretched life as paradise’ –Adolf Hitler

The rise of Hitler as ‘Führer’ cannot be attributed to one event, but a mixture of factors. These factors may vary in importance, although they all share the same overall outcome, Hitler’s rise to absolute power.
Hitler was able to easily gain popular support through propaganda instruments such as rallies and speeches, which encouraged people to vote for the Nazi party and allowed him to gain 90% of votes in the 1934 elections. His popularity meant that remaining opponents were afraid to stand against him, which eventually led to Hitler seizing power following the death of Hindenburg.
Adverse economic conditions in Germany from 1919 onwards contributed largely to Hitler’s success. Hitler used the conditions
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His political success could not have been achieved to such a great degree without support from the German people as it was necessary for people to enforce his laws and spread his ideology.

The second highest level of importance in Hitler’s rise to power was the economic conditions in Germany at the time. The Treaty of Versailles (1919) had caused a multitude of Germany’s economic problems. Having lost the war in 1918, Germany’s economy was already falling apart, but when the ‘Diktat’ was signed, the economy was basically shattered. The Treaty was despised among Germans, and hatred of the document was rife. Hitler was able to gain support through the economic conditions and his open hatred of the Treaty, which he promised to

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