Why was Hitler able to form a dictatorship over Germany by 1933?

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ABU BAKR AHMED 9C Thursday, 17 May 2012
Why did Hitler come in power in 1933?
Following the collapse of the Weimar democracy, Hitler managed to gain dictatorship over
Germany by 1936. In fact it took Hitler just around 18 months, between February 1933 and
August 1934, so, how was Hitler able to achieve a dictatorship over Germany so quickly?
I am going to start with how the Germans had fear of Germany becoming a communist
country like Russia. At the end of the war, many people hoped that democracy would spread
to most countries of the world. They did not want to be controlled by a dictatorship, which
would lead them into a communist country.
Following the Treaty of Versailles, Germany faced extreme poverty, high unemployment and
was falling into a depression, so they needed a government who could help them get out of
the depression. The depression meant the people would turn to the extreme parties, which
were the Nazis and the communists. Germany would turn to Hitler because the Nazis were
offering very positive ideas, which were almost too good to be true, and were just what
they needed.
Germany needed a strong to leader to help control the economic situation, whilst Hitler was
promising jobs and promised not to let Germany turn into a communist state. He had good
ideas, which would benefit Germany greatly. This is what gained votes for his party.
Hitler's promises had a wide appeal. Germany liked what Hitler was saying because he offered
more jobs with fair wages, also he promised to bring an end the treaty of Versailles, which
would pull Germany out of depression. He promised that the Treaty of Versailles would be
cancelled and the land that had been taken from the Germans would be returned.
The people of Germany liked this idea because most of the conditions of the treaty were
causing them to fall into a deeper depression and was not giving the freedom that they
wanted. The Nazis demanded land and colonies to feed the people and house surplus
population; the Germans promised they could gain back the colonies that they lost, by this
there would be fewer problems as the money from the colonies would feed and house the
German people. Mein Kampf demanded a strong central government led by a single strong
leader, Germany needed a strong government to save them from unemployment and most
of the German population were unemployed and were not supported by a government. A
strong leader who wanted the best for his country was needed. As he achieved his goal
through Propaganda, he was made Chancellor in January 1933.
Another reason why he achieved a dictatorship was that, the German parliament (Reichstag)
building was burnt down due to arson. The government falsely portrayed the fire as part of a
Communist effort to overthrow the state.
Using emergency constitutional powers, Adolf Hitler's cabinet had issued a Decree for the
Protection of the German People on February 4, this allowed the Chancellor, Adolf Hitler to
declare a state of emergency; this allowed him to overthrow the President after he died,
after this Hitler was able to make himself now the Head of State of the "Führer". He
achieved this again, by using his intellect and his powers.
Hitler was a powerful speaker, his speeches were very persuasive and which were the many
reasons why Hitler and the Nazis came into power. Hitler ran for presidency in 1932 but failed

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ABU BAKR AHMED 9C Thursday, 17 May 2012
but this raised his profile hugely. He used films, radio and records, this is how he brought his
message to millions; he travelled to all parts of Germany to lay down his message. He was
known to be someone who knew and understood his or her problems.…read more


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