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The Early Years Of The Nazi Party
1919- The German Worker's Party was formed
Adolf Hitler joined it and was quickly identified as a great
public speaker. He was put in charge of propaganda.
1920- He wrote the 25-point programme, outlining the
party's aims and views. Included anti-Semitism.
Later the party was renamed the National Socialist
German Worker's Party, or the Nazi Party for short.
Support began to grow as the party channelled its views
out to the public through its own newspaper.
1921- Hitler became leader
­ He founded the SA
­ They aimed to protect the Nazi Party meetings and disrupt the
meetings of their opponents
­ Attractive to unemployed soldiers, and were known for their
brutality…read more

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1923- The Munich Putsch
The invasion of the Ruhr had recently sparked
hyperinflation and an economic crisis
Hitler aimed to take advantage of the chaos by
attempting a take over
He interrupted a meeting of the Bavarian Government in
the Munich Beer hall, and essentially forced them into
agreeing with his plans
He marched on Munich, but the politicians betrayed him
He had expected the army to support him, but instead
they turned against him. Several Nazis were shot, and
Hitler was arrested.
The Putsch failed…read more

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What happened next?
Hitler was able to spread party
propaganda through his trial
He was sentenced to 5 years in jail by a
lenient court who obviously partly
sympathised with his case. In reality he
spent about 8 months in jail.
The Nazi Party was banned and so was its
newspaper…read more

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Hitler was now determined to win
power through legal methods
But the success of Stresemann made this hard- people
didn't want to or need to support an extremist party
1925- Hitler got the ban on his party lifted
He started the Hitler youth and the personal bodyguard,
the SS
He divided Germany in 32 districts and allocated a Nazi
to each
He readopted the 25 point programme
1927- First Nuremburg rally…read more

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The events that helped him become chancellor...
1) The Economic Crisis
3rd October 1929- Stresemann died. This left Germany
weak without one of its most able politicians.
October 1929- The Wall Street crash.
US loans to German industries were called in, leaving
industries unable to function. Many closed down, and
unemployment rose dramatically.
Wages were low
People began to turn on the Weimar Republic again
People looked to more extremist groups, like the Nazis
and Communists for a solution…read more

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