Hitler's rise to power Essay

941 Words4 Pages
Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933 with the help of the Depression which assisted him in gaining Nazi support as well as capturing the hearts and minds of many German people. After the Reichstag Fire, the Reichstag passed the Enabling Act, which gave Hitler the power to make his own laws. He used his brilliant public speaking skills to capture the attention of the German public, and further impressed them with his plans on Germany’s future including ridding of the Treaty of Versailles and gaining living space for the German population. He often used mass suggestion and brainwashed many Germans to help him gain power. The greatest asset in Hitler’s rise to power was the Depression which hit Germany badly when their loans from the US were cut. This allowed the Nazi’s to gain support: Germany was isolated, the economy was in crisis and unemployment rates rose rapidly. When Hitler promised the German people a better future, they believed him. After all the failures from the Weimar Republic, President Hindenburg believed Hitler’s involvement was necessary to ensure that there would be public confidence in the government, preventing the chance of a revolution or civil war. In January 1933, President Hindenburg made the mistake of giving Hitler the post of Chancellor as he needed support and believed he could control Hitler. Timely, on February 27, 1933 the Reichstag was burnt down and Hitler claimed it was a communist Jewish conspiracy against the German people. He used this fear to his advantage and got the Reichstag to pass the Enabling Act, giving him the authority to exercise dictatorial power. Unsurprisingly, Hitler won the March 5 elections in his own right, and therefore was free to build the Nazi totalitarian state. After moving to Munch and joining the Nazi Party, Hitler gained leadership of it in 1923 and decided to seize control in Germany. With the

More about Hitler's rise to power Essay

Open Document