The Rise of Adolf Hitler: Manipulating the Population with Speeches and Propaganda

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The Rise of Adolf Hitler: Manipulating the Population with Speeches and Propaganda Cameron Bye AP European History Mrs. Tingley March 6th, 2012 The First World War devastated Germany. Almost every German and Austrian family experienced the loss of a loved one. Due to the mass spending during the Great War, inflation overwhelmed the economy. Millions succumbed to poverty and unemployment. Because of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany lost 13% of her territory, which included six million people as well as a large percentage of raw materials. With the land devastated and hope lost, the German people needed someone powerful to step up, take control, and make Germany glorious once again. Adolf Hitler took advantage of the weakened state of Germany and seized power using some effective methods. The most important factors that attributed to Hitler’s rise to power were both his persuasive speeches as well as his effective use of propaganda. The degraded and weakened state of Germany after World War One was vital for Hitler to seize power. Only with rapid industrialization, a lost war, and an economic depression could the concept of Nazism thrive and grow. The people who suffered most from the disastrous post war Germany were especially vulnerable to Hitler’s accusations and socialist beliefs. This included a large percentage of the German population. The Nazi party appealed to all who suffered as a result of the war. To the lower class, they said that they would give the farmers and workers the respect they deserved. To the middle class and the bourgeoisie, they criticized and denounced the rich capitalists who oppressed them, the left-wing workers, and the democratic government who failed to help them. The Nazis also gave the people someone to blame for the loss of the war and the chaotic state of Germany. They blamed the Jews and the Communists

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