Was the Great Depression the Main Reason Why the Nazi Party Grew Between 1929-32?

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Was the great depression the main reason why the Nazi party grew between 1929-32? The great depression was a time of chaos for Germany, many people turned to the Nazi party for an answer. In my opinion, I think that the great depression was one of the reasons why the Nazi party grew between the years of 1929-1932 but we also have to account for other factors. The Nazi Party’s membership grew from 25,000 in 1925 to about 180,000 in 1929. However, it was the effects of the Great Depression in Germany that brought the Nazi Party to its first real nationwide importance. The rise in unemployment in 1929–30 provided millions of jobless and unsatisfied voters whom the Nazi Party exploited to its advantage. From 1929 to 1932 the party vastly increased its membership and voting strength; its vote in elections to the Reichstag increased from 800,000 votes in 1928 to about 14,000,000 votes in July 193. By then, big businesses had begun to finance the Nazi party because of tax increases and communists. The effects of the great depression caused mostly by Wall Street crash and therefore the American investors urgently needed the return of money they had lent to businesses. German companies were dependent on these loans. After this, German industrial output fell and unemployment rose. This caused a disaster for export industries but high unemployment meant that domestic demands for goods fell too. This is shown in these statistics. Years Date Fall in industrial production (%) Unemployment 1929 September 1929 10% 1.3 million 1929-1930 September 1931 30% 4.3 million 1929-1932 September 1932 40% 5.1 million The Nazi’s used propaganda to their advantage by using simple promises and slogans such as “For work and bread.” At the time, people were desperate, and therefore thought the Nazi’s were helping them and if they were helping them then all of their policies were

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