Rise Of Adolf Hitler
The mood in Germany was very grim early on in the 1930’s. The country had been hit very hard by the economic depression that had affected the entire world. There were millions of people that were out of work. During World War I, the Germans had suffered a humiliating defeat and it was still fresh in the minds of many German citizens. The Wiemar Republic was the government over the Germans and the people did not have a high level of confidence in them. It was due to these conditions that the path for a new leader was paved. That leader was Adolf Hitler. His political party was commonly referred to as the Nazi party or the German Worker’s Party.
In November of 1923 Adolf Hitler was arrested and charged with high treason. Even though he was in prison for a year, he dictated the majority of Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) to Rudolf Hess, his deputy. The book was somewhat like a map for his plans to push forward with the transformation of Germany into a society based on race. No matter what Hitler went through he was steadfast to his determination in furthering his beliefs. He was laser focused about creating his ideal country.
From 1934 up to 1945, Hitler was the Nazi Germany leader. He was the one who initiated the Second World War and he was the overseer of many fascist policies that lead to millions of deaths. As a leader, Hitler was considered to be a spellbinding and powerful speaker. He had a following of many Germans who longed for change desperately so they flocked to him. He promised a glorious and new Germany to those who were disenchanted. He offered a better way of life and they believed him. To many such as those who were young, unemployed, or lower middle class, the Nazis appealed to them. This also included office employees, small business owners, farmers, and craftsmen.
The rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi party was rapid. Prior to the economic depression, there wasn’t much that was known about the Nazis. During the 1924 elections, the Nazis only won three percent of the Reichstag vote. This increased in the 1932 elections as they were able to grab thirty-three percent more than their competitor party. During 1933, Adolf Hitler became chancellor, head of the government in Germany. Many of the Germans viewed him as a savior for their entire nation.