The German public saw Hitler as god-like with his vast power and glorifying the German race as being the “master race.” When he finally reversed the power of the Treaty of Versailles and rebuilt Germany’s armed forces, the German nation basically did as he told them to do. This was seen as one of his major successes. Another would be numerous military successes. He united Germany after the humiliation of World War I and extended the Germen territory into Eastern Europe. This would be his military successes.
They were beginning to doubt that Germany had any pride left. Historian R.Landau writes in his book (The Nazi Holocaust) that the ‘Nazi party was appealing’. This demonstrates that Hitler and the Nazis were a modern and plausible option for the public. Many of the middle class and other highly regarded sections of society were also drawn to the Nazi’s. Therefore, strengthening Landau’s view and the above argument that Hitler became leader of Germany as he was leader of the most popular parties.
Some historians say it was the consent and willingness of the German people that took him to Fuhrer but there are other strong arguments such as the Enabling Law, the demolishment of other political parties and trade unions, his agreements with the church, media and industrialists and the Night of the Long Knives. One of the main reasons Hitler was able to come into power was the consent from the German people. Without their willingness to believe and back Hitler, he wouldn’t have been able to gain any real momentum. On the 5th of March in 1933 the Nazis increased their vote from 33.1% to 43.9%, securing them 288 seats. One of the ways Hitler got the backing of the German people was by telling them what they wanted to hear.
While Hitler had charisma, Churchill did not. According to Andrew Robert the truth is that Hitler exerted far more power over people’s imaginations and psyches than ever Churchill did. Hitler made use of two most powerful human emotions envy and resentment. After Germany lost the First World War and the ill treatment in the subsequent Versailles peace treaty, it was a downhill task to induce self-pity in the German people. And, Hitler quite well succeeded in this.
One also needs to take into account the weaknesses of their democratic government of the Weimar Republic and its failure to deal with the problems of the day. This essay requires an explanation of the phenomenal electoral success of the Nazi Party between 1929 and 1933 with particular reference to the contribution made by their leader, Adolf Hitler. Arguably the most important reason for the Nazis rise to power was the personal qualities and leadership Adolf Hitler himself possessed. Hitler was a great and mesmerising speaker, he was a strong performer and when he spoke he aroused the emotions of his listeners and they were convinced just by his persona instead of what he was saying. This was important for Hitler’s rise to power as he gained huge population and support due to his impressive speeches.
How similar were the dictatorships of hitler and stalin? However much they disliked each other, Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were actually very similar people - they were both ruthless and amoral, and drove their countries to greatness (albeit this statement does depend on your idea of greatness). These men were persistent and they obsessed over making sure their countries were the ideal world in their minds. They focused on breeding hard working, ‘perfect’ people to live in their countries, while getting rid of anyone who didn’t fit their ideals. Rise to power Josef Stalin was a keen, intellectual man who knew how to make sure he was viewed well by the public.
It could be argued that the Hitler attributes was the most important reason for why Hitler was appointed Chancellor in 1933. This is because with out it then people would not know who the Nazi party was or what they stood for and as a result they would gain no support or poularity. Without the Nazi Campaining then they would not get the extra support due to the communist threat because it would not be in the public eye that the Nazi's promised to deal with them. A lot of Nazi campaigning was rallys and this impressed a lot of people because of the high numbers and order and discipline shown by the Gestapo
By convincing Hindenburg that there was a large communist threat the country was put into a state of emergency and, with Hindenburg’s backing, Hitler was allowed to pass decrees to govern Germany anyway he liked, with the financial backing of krupp and bosch etc, which in this case is fortunate for the question at hand. Consequently this is why I believe it was the most important event to dictatorship because it was the “spark” that allowed any other event to happen and without it democracy may have just struggled on. One of these events was the election in 1933. Now Hitler had the power to convince Hindenburg to allow him
4) To what extent can Nazism in power be seen as totalitarianism in the period 1933-1939? There are many aspects that make up a totalitarian state, and a model totalitarian state, according to historians, has a single, charismatic leader, political power in the hands of ruling party, party ideology like a religion, state terrorism used to keep control, control of the media, all institutions and intrusion into all aspects of personal life. Hitler was ultimately responsible for the direction that Germany was headed in; however he did not fully achieve all aspects of the model totalitarian state, according to the historians’ definition. According to the historians definition of a totalitarian state, such as Ian Kershaw’s view, to be a totalitarian state there must be one total leader, who is usually charismatic, and doesn’t have to compete with anyone else. When these aspects are considered in relation to Hitler they are only partly true.
However, this was not manifested in reality, in which Hitler maintained power through his Kommandogewalt and appeal to the German public. This is highlighted in Kershaw’s statement that Hitler’s “power was charismatic, not institutional”. Hitler’s self-appointed omnipotence was only feasible due to his popular support from the German Volk and not any leadership structure. Hitler’s capacity to control a totalitarian state was also undermined by the nature of his rise to power. The Hitler Myth, which depicts Hitler as Germany’s saviour from the “ruin” following World War 1 and the Treaty of Versailles, undermined his ability to lead the Nazi state through means of violence and terror because his power