Increasing Support for the Nazi Party

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  • Effects of the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression
    • The German people blamed the Weimar Republic for the Great Depression and therefore for the high levels of unemployment.
      • This meant that they became less supportive as unemployment and poverty grew. This led people to start supporting more extremist political parties, such as the Nazis.
    • Increasing Support for the Nazi Party
      • Nazi Promises
      • Fear of Communism
        • This meant that businessmen and farmers turned to the Nazis because of their anti-communist views. Rich businessmen also gave the Nazis money for their campaigns.
      • Local Organisations
      • Weak Opposition
        • The two natural opponents to the Nazi party were the Social Democrats and the Communist Party.
          • Neither party took the Nazis seriously and were concentrating more on battling each other,
            • Weak opposition meant that Nazi policies were not questioned and the other parties didn't offer anything new like the Nazis did.
          • Voters did not seem to trust the Social Democrats (the ruling party) because they didn't seem to know what to do.
  • Solve the economic crisis and get people back to work.
    • Nazi Promises
    • Make Germany powerful again.
  • Hitler's Leadership
    • Hitler's public speaking helped him to get the Nazi ideals across to the German people. He was also surrounded by a very loyal team.
      • Hitler's speeches in particular gained a great deal of support for the Nazi Party.
    • Increasing Support for the Nazi Party
      • Fear of Communism
        • This meant that businessmen and farmers turned to the Nazis because of their anti-communist views. Rich businessmen also gave the Nazis money for their campaigns.
      • Local Organisations
      • Weak Opposition
        • The two natural opponents to the Nazi party were the Social Democrats and the Communist Party.
          • Neither party took the Nazis seriously and were concentrating more on battling each other,
            • Weak opposition meant that Nazi policies were not questioned and the other parties didn't offer anything new like the Nazis did.
          • Voters did not seem to trust the Social Democrats (the ruling party) because they didn't seem to know what to do.
  • Goebbels used the latest technology, such as films and slideshows.
    • In 1932, Hitler travelled around Germany by plane in order to talk to as many people as possible.
      • Mas rallies made people feel proud to be German and showed order and discipline.
        • The propaganda spread the Nazi idea very effectively, increasing support.
  • Local leaders ran public meetings, using carefully trained public speakers.
    • Local parties helped the unemployed by providing soup kitchens, shelter and offering some roles in the SA.
      • The Hitler Youth and League of German Maidens provided activities for children.
        • The SA gained a reputation for being disciplined young men, unlike the SA from the 1920s.
          • There was a lot of violence between political parties during elections and the order of the Nazi Party appealed to many, even when the SA were often involved.
            • Local organisations increased support from ordinary Germans.

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