Economic Depression During The Reichstag Essay

1947 Words Nov 16th, 2014 8 Pages
In this essay I will argue that the economic depression got the Nazis to a powerful position in the Reichstag, however when the economic depression declined the amount of votes that the Nazis obtained also decreased in the Reichstag elections. Therefore the economic depression did not make Adolf Hitler Chancellor but other main factors including the oratory skills of Hitler, the propaganda campaign of Goebbels and the fact that Hindenburg and Von Papen thought that they could control Hitler once he was Chancellor. The smaller extreme parties also would not work together although combined they could have had more support than the Nazis. The Treaty of Versailles also contributed to Hitler’s rise to power as the German people were still angry and Hitler promised to abolish it and make Germany strong again. In the Great Depression Germany suffered severely as their economy was dependent on loans from America which ceased in 1929. As a result German businesses closed and the banks caved in which lead to six million unemployed. There is a direct correlation between the amount of Nazi electoral votes and the German economic circumstances between 1928 and 1933. In 1928 the German economy was secure and was being supported by the Americans and this relates to the fact that the Nazi party only got 12 seats in the Reichstag. However in 1930 after the Wall Street Crash the Nazis occupied 18.3% of the Reichstag with 107 seats. In the 1932 election in July the Nazis had 230 seats and…

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