Hitler’s Foreign and Domestic policies up to 1939
When Hitler first came to power in 1933, the Nazi Party did not have majority support. Hitler aimed to strengthen their position and increase support. When The Reichstag erupted into flames in February of 1933, it signaled the downfall of Germany as a democratic nation. Blamed on a Dutch Communist - van der Lubbe - it gave Hitler the justification for his Enabling Act, banning all political opposition and making the Nazis control of Germany. This was undoubtedly a popular policy as it made Hitler appear as a strong leader.
Germany was still militarily weak in 1933. Hitler withdrew Germany from the Disarmament Conference and the League of Nations. At the same time he insisted that Germany was willing to disarm if other states agreed to do the same, and that he wanted only peace. This was one of his favorite techniques: to act boldly while soothing his opponents with speeches he knew they wanted to hear.
Hitler's other priority was jobs. German unemployment had peaked at 6 million due to the Depression. With public works schemes, Hitler put every German back to work. He also advocated schemes such as KdF - Strength Through Joy - which gave workers increased benefits for increased levels of production.
Hitler's policy of anti-Semitism was also very popular. Hitler wanted to give every German a job, however, this did not include "non-German" Jews. Jews were hounded everywhere they went. Kristalnacht was a night where Jews were murdered, and their shops were destroyed and burned. Similarly with his other policy regarding religion, the Concordat with the R.C Church was very popular among the German population. However, this angered the German Jews and by 1939 most had fled the country.
In January 1934 Hitler signed a ten-year non-aggression pact with the Poles who were showing alarm in case the Germans tried to take back the Polish Corridor. This was something of a triumph for Hitler because Britain...