‘A Little Group Of No Consequence.’- How Far Do Yo Essay

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‘A little group of no consequence.’- How far do you agree with this view of the Nazi party in 1928? The German Workers’ Party, led by Anton Drexler, was formed in 1919. Hitler joined and soon became leader. His speeches gave people scapegoats to blame for Germany’s problems such as the allies, the Treaty of Versailles, the ‘November Criminals’, the communists and the Jews. In 1920, the party renamed itself the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazis), and announced its Twenty-Five Point Programme. At first, the Nazis were both nationalist (they believed in Germany’s greatness) and socialist (they believed the state should benefit everybody equally). After the failure of the Munich Putsch in 1923, Hitler was sent to Landsberg jail. There he wrote ‘Mein Kampf’ (My Struggle) advocating National Socialism, racism, lebensraum and a strong government. National Socialism was loyalty to Germany, racial purity, equality and state control of the economy. Hitler greatly elaborated on the triumph of the Aryan race by armed force. Because all races, especially the Jews were inferior to the Aryan (pure German) ‘Master Race’ in the eyes of Hitler which was exemplified by the Germans. He considered it vital to maintain racial purity, so that the blood of the weak would not undermine the strong. It was the task of the Aryan to remain pure and to dominate the inferior races. Lebensraum was the idea to have more land by expanding into Poland and Russia to get more ‘living space’. Mein Kampf became the bible of National Socialism. Following the failure of the Munich Putsch, Hitler was sentenced to five years, however due to the leniency of his sentence it was reduced to 10 months, which seemed like an act of encouragement on the part of the judiciary in many citizens’ eyes. In 1924 Hitler came out of prison. He was a great public speaker; therefore he was banned

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