Why Did Germans Follow Hitler?

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FOLLOW THE LEADER ADOLF HITLER Germany in 1930 In 1930 the Germanic social and economic situation was heading towards chaos. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the United States were forced to call back the money they had loaned Germany in 1924 and 1929, leaving the Weimar Republic with no resources to invest in the economy. The Germanic growth over the last years had been an illusion, as a great deal of the capital invested had been coming from overseas loans. As the money borrowed was paid back, Germany was once again facing bankruptcy. Unemployment, which was not a major issue in 1929, dramatically soared by September 1930 1. Even those who could find work felt the effects of the crisis, as the drop in demand for labor led to an overall decrease in wages. After some years of hope, German people were again threatened by the harsh reality of misery and poverty. 1 In one year the unemployment boosted from 1.25 million to 4 million people. On the other hand, the anguished effects of WWI were still enduring in the Germanic collective memory. Many Germans perceived The Versailles Treaty, signed by the Allies in 1919, as a humiliation. The treaty contained a number of heavy impositions to Germany which were socio-economically unbearable to a once great and powerfu l nation. The amount that had to be paid to the Allies as war damage 2 made the Mark lost all its value, causing a hyperinflation so severe that the prices increased by over 100 times in just one year (Bresciani -Turroni, 1968.). The hyperinflation crisis, which was only solved in 1924, lasted enough time to ruin thousands of Germanic families, thus worsening the general feeling of rage against the treaty. Furthermore, the Allies’ fear towards the possibility that Germany could assemble again a menacing army forced the Weimar Republic to renounce to tanks and submarines, have
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