Factors Leading to the Support of the Nazi Party Essay

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Factors Leading to the Support of the Nazi Party In the elections of May 1928 the N.S.D.A.P. polled only 2.6% and yet by September 1930 the N.S.D.A.P. became the second largest party in the Reichstag. Explain how the Nazi Party achieved this electoral breakthrough.

There are a number of important issues which demonstrate the reasons why the Nazi Party gained support and eventual power. Hitler Joined forces with the D.N.V.P. in hope of becoming more popular in a time when Germany was at its most vunerable. Hitler had strong public speaking abilities and as Germany was in a state of unrest socially,
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The closer links between the N.S.D.A.P. and the D.N.V.P gave Hitler the publicity he needed as Hugenberg was a respected and wealthy business man who had the support of the conservatives and the industrialists. Hugenberg helped fund the N.S.D.A.P.’s election campaigns and gave Hitler access to his cinema and newspaper network. As a result of their work together Hitler became a household name and more Germans were aware of who he was and what the Nazi’s were promising.

Hugenberg became more extremist after the D.N.V.P.’s poor election

results in May 1928 (From 20.5% in 1924 to 14.2%in 1928) and he invited the Nazi’s to help him organise a referendum for a law which would reject

the Young Plan and force the Weimar government to stop paying reparations. Although the campaign was a failure an agreement was made to conclude payments of reparations to the sum of 3000 million marks at the Lausanne Conference in June 1932. This was never paid

The Young Plan’s content set a timescale for reparations. Germany was to make payments for the next 59 years until 1988. It was to pay 2000 million marks a years instead of the 2500 million marks as laid down by

the Dawes Plan. Responsibility for paying reparations was to be given to Germany. Payments were to increase gradually and from 1929-1932 Germany was to pay 1700

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