How Did Hitler Come To Power

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How Did Hitler
Come To Power
Hitler’s Rise To Power
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Based on Many Factors
Resentment of the German People
Weakness of the Weimar Republic
Terror of the Stormtroopers
Brilliant Speeches
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power
• Long Term Bitterness
– Anger about WWI and Treaty of
Versailles
• Ineffective Constitution
– Many people wanted a return to a
dictatorship
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power?
• Money
– Many wealthy businessmen gave Hitler money
to run his propaganda and election campaigns
– Henry Ford- Ford Motors
• He had a picture of Ford in his office
– Union Banking Corporation
• George Bush’s great-grandfather was president of the
Corporation
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power
– WA Harriman and Co.
• American shipping and railway company
• George Bush’s grandfather was VicePresident
– Irenee du Pont
• Head of General Motors
• Advocated the creation of a super-race by
spinal injections to enhance children of “pure”
blood
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power?
• Propaganda
– Persuaded German masses to believe
that the Jews were to blame and that
Hitler was their last hope
• Programme
– He promised everybody something so
they supported him
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power?
• Attacks on Other Parties
– Stormtroopers attacked Jews and people who
opposed Hitler
– People kept quiet because they were scared of
being murdered
• Personal Qualities
– Brilliant speaker
– Good organizer
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power?
• Personal Qualities
– Driven
• Economic Depression
– U.S. calls in it’s loans and German
economy collapses
– People wanted someone to blame and
Hitler provided that for them
Why Did Hitler Come To
Power?
• Recruited by Hindenburg
– Offers Hitler post of vice-chancellor
– Hitler refuses
– Thought they could control Hitler and
made him Chancellor- they were wrong
• Hitler did not TAKE power- he was
given it.
Beliefs of the Nazi Party
• German Worker’s Party started by Anton
Drexler
• Hitler joins and soon becomes leader
• Developed a 25 point programme
• Were nationalists (believe in Germany’s
greatness)
• Were socialist (believed the state should
benefit everyone equally)
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