Without Hitler’s massive personal popularity, the high level of ‘plebiscitary acclamation which the regime could repeatedly call upon’ (Kershaw), would have been unattainable. To ensure Hitler had enough popularity he enlisted the help of Joseph Goebbels, to promote the Fuhrer as the heroic leader of the German people. Using mass medium Goebbels projected Hitler as the leader chosen by fate to save the German people, he connected Hitler with the old key figures of Germany such as; Frederick the Great and Bismarck. With the defeat of World War I still looming and the instability and division that followed, the situation became perfect for a new strong leader to come and save the German people. Hitler became favoured by the German people, especially the strong nationalistic middle-class, who believed Hitler would finally unite the nation with his strong leadership.
Everything in history could have been different if the treaty of Versailles was different and Germany was not in despair and desperate for a proper leader. Hitler satisfies every criteria of a Great Man by Thomas Carlyle. Though the two key elements that stand out the greatest is, his personality and the circumstances that led him to extreme powers. Hitler was surely no good man though he was definitely a great man. Adolf Hitler had such a way with words that it gave hope to millions of Germans and led them to a belief in a new national, strong Germany.
Hitler became leader of Germany because he was leader of the most popular party’ How far do you agree with this statement? By 1933 Hitler had consolidated full power over Germany, it can be argued that the main reason he was able to achieve this power was purely down to the fact that he was the leader of the most popular party. However it seems to be clear that there are other factors, which resulted in Hitler becoming leader in Germany, such as the collapse of the Weimar constitution, the effects of the Great depression and the political actions of people such as Von Papen and Schleicher. Some may argue that Hitler had become such a powerful leader due to the popularity of the Nazi party. Anti – democratic figures had seen the Nazi party as potential allies to provide popular support for an authoritarian regime.
Being incredibly charismatic, and having a great campaign, Hitler was very likeable at first. Hitler used propaganda to make people like him, and to make the Nazi party seem the best option for Germany. He also held meetings for army and business leaders to woo them into liking his party, and to reassure them that the Nazi party was not to be feared. Hitler also changed his strategy and promised various things as the years went by, including promising to fight unemployment after the Great Depression, and becoming a non-violent speaker instead of a violent street protester after the Munich Putsch. This meant Germany always saw Hitler as trying to do good things, which made them like him enough to vote for his party.
In a time of chaos (the depression) people chose to support Hitler because of his discipline and his promises he inflicted on the German general public. The organisation of the Weimar government also helped Hitler's rise to power because of its many weaknesses; it
One of the ways Hitler got the backing of the German people was by telling them what they wanted to hear. His use of language and persuasion allowed people to believe him and they felt involved and excited about him and his party and so were drawn into a false sense of what was going on. His clever use of scapegoats such as the Jews or the Communists helped him gain more and more support. One of the main attacks on the Communists was the Reichstag fire on February 27th 1933 for which he blamed the communists and turned people against them. Then on the 7th of April he created a new form of regional government run by Nazi officials.
Hitler’s “political genius” also help him also in his rise of power. At that time, there are a lot of propagandas which are persuasive, Nazi propaganda rose his publicity and persuaded the German masses to believe that the Jews were to blame and that Hitler was their last hope. He made and a lot promises and offers to his party member and supporter which actually increase their trust on him. He promised a prouder future for Germans than the old generals could, which is what exactly the desperate German people needed. Thirdly, Hitler was befriended
Most of his views came from his experience in World War One, with the surrendering and the cause of the Treaty of Versailles, the inflation of money, and the War Guilt Clause. All these incidents brought him to influencing the public with his speeches and ideas supporting the German population. His powerful and charismatic speeches made it possible for him to bring his ideas across to the public, and his persisting opinions made it possible for one to change their opinion and agree with the things that he spoke about. Furthermore, Hitler set up the Hitler Youth, and did marching protests to popularise the party. In terms of when he was in power, Hitler caused many changes to influence the public in Nazi Germany.
Hitler's Rise To Power “Great liars are also great magicians”. This was one of Hitler’s many famous quotes. This quote gives you a little insight into who Hitler was as a leader, and gives you insight to what his morals were and how far they could stretch. Hitler was one of the most significant men in history, partly because of what he did and partly because how many lives he effected. Even though he might have been one of the most destructive leaders in history.
All of this shows that the Nazis succeed in creating a Volksgemeinschaft because they had achieved control of the state and had eliminated most of their main opposition. Social Darwinism and Racism were forced on the German people through propaganda and education. Hitler saw Darwinism as a struggle between people, races and nations.