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The Rise of the Nazi Party
The Early Years of the Weimar Republic
The Treaty of Versailles (signed in 1919):

War guilt: Article 231 stated that Germany was to blame for the war
Reparation = allowed victorious powers to demand compensation of 6.6billion in annual
instalments Germany was already bankrupt…

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The Decline and failures of the Weimar Republic:

· There were 18 governments in between the years 191933, meaning each one lasted on
average less than a year. Highlights their weakness to solve problems within Germany which
justifies why people turned to extremist groups like the Nazis and communists due…

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Ludendorff marched 3,000 members to the city centre where 100 police blocked their paths. Hitler
shouted surrender and 16 Nazis were shot while only 3 police. Hitler dislocated shoulder.

Success ­ However it was a success in the long term as Hitler had time to write his book `Mein

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Young Plan (1929):

What is it? : This was just a reduction in reparations where there was a time scale for reparation
repayments so Germany had to pay for the next 59 years.

Benefits: Germany reduced the payments from 2500 million marks to 2000 million marks which
helped further stabilise…

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The Appeal of Hitler:

Radical party
Strong leader ­ good public speaker, charismatic, propaganda, provided rallies etc,
Willing to use money to bribe people
New ideas and modern methods with generalised slogans
Strong policies
Treaty of Versailles
End unemployment
Rearm Germany and turn it into a Great nation again

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Promised jobs and therefore sort our unemployment
Blame Jews, Communists and Weimar government failure for Germany's problems
Bring Pride back to Germany which appealed to unemployed, business men and youth
Military presence, to bring order to the streets

The Depression has a direct link to Hitler's increase in popularity.



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