Have you ever wondered how such a bad thing could get created? How someone like Adolf Hitler would actually be able to persuade the people of Germany to kill thousands of Jewish people? It all starts with the Nazi Party and how they rose through the German political ranks. Before they were a small party and didn’t make any noise in the political sense. They barely even had a voice when they all started. However, they made Germany into a warzone and yet the people still supported them. It all started with World War I. Because of the Treaty of Versailles, the failure of the Weimar Republic, and the Great Depression, the Nazi Party rose to power with the use of propaganda, the rebuilding of the military, and restoring the economy.
Before the Great Depression in 1929, the Nazi Party was just a small party in Germany. They received only 2.6 of the national vote for Parliament and German Democratic won and governed the Weimar Republic. During this time, the mood in Germany was dull. The Great Depression was taking toll on the people of Germany. Many Germans were out of work and didn’t know where to go. They blamed Germany for the Great Depression because of the loss of World War I. They hated the government for putting them in the position Germany was in. People were angry and were in fear that they could not support their families and themselves. They wanted change and Adolf Hitler was about to provide them the biggest change they had ever seen before.
Adolf Hitler was a persuasive man who played with people’s anger and fear. The people were ready to vote again and they wanted to see change for once. The Nazi Party was willing to provide them this change. They started using propaganda and said they were going to bring them out of the Great Depression. They said that they would bring back German values, make Germany a major powerhouse, put Germans back to work, stop Communism, and revoke the Treaty of Versailles. They even used this to bring hate upon the Jews and the people who signed the Treaty of Versailles. They were smart enough to know which audience they were talking to and what to bring up and what not to bring up while talking to them. “It was not that Hitler did not try to appeal the unemployed masses,” they note, “but rather that the Communist Party was perceived as the party that traditionally represented workers’ interests.”(Study: How austerity helped the Nazi’s come to power) That year, the Nazi Party gathered almost 18 percent of the vote.
The President of Germany, Hindenburg, tried appointing Franz von Papen who dissolved the Parliament of Germany. However, the Nazi Party gained over 37 percent of the vote that year. This made them the biggest party in all of Germany. In the next election. The Nazi Party lost votes and the Communists gained votes. To end a Communist takeover of Germany, Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler as chancellor of Germany. He promised to rebuild the military and restore the economy so that the soldiers in the army and the farmers and workers would still have jobs. The Nazi Party was the only thing stopping the Communist and ended up being the only party left in Germany after they were elected. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party was very popular at the time so the people were willing to work with him and support him. However, they created a brutal Nazi dictatorship which no one saw coming. The people and the politicians were now under rule of the Nazis.
After completely being a party that was barely nothing in the German political scene, they grew rapidly. They were able to use the circumstances that were given to them and create a following with this. “Also troubling for the most simplistic economic explanation is the fact that unemployed people weren’t particularly likely to vote for Nazis. The authors cite reams of research showing that the unemployed were likelier to vote for the Communists or the Social Democrats.” (Study: austerity helped the Nazis come to power). They used tactics that used the people’s emotions and were smart enough to take advantage of them to gather votes. Throughout the years, they gained more and more voters till they were the biggest party in Germany. Adolf Hitler then ended up starting World War II with the support of his people which followed him because he promised jobs and protection. Without these circumstances, they would’ve never been able to rise to power. Because of the Treaty of Versailles, the failure of the Weimar Republic, and the Great Depression, the Nazi Party rose to power with the use of propaganda, the rebuilding of the military, and restoring the economy.