Development of the Nazi Party 1924-1929

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Arrest, Trial and Imprisonment

  • After Munich Putsch Hitler was arrested
  • At his trial he used his charismatic charm to convey his nationalistic view as a rhetoric
  • Helped Nazis appeal to many classes
  • Hitler was given a lenient prison service in Landsburg Castle of 5 years- only served 8 months
  • Landsburg Castle was seen as luxurious as Hitler had his own servant- Rudolf Hess
  • Hitler wrote Mein Kampf outlining his ideas for the Nazi Party
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Legality of Nazi Party

  • Upon release, Hitler realised the only way for Nazis to succeed was through legal means
  • This would allow Nazis to succeed in elections
  • To create a party structure, Nazis utilised democratic process and abandoned revolutionary techniques
  • Ideas and strategies were a gateway that effectively allowed for greater Nazi structure
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Party Re-organisation

  • By 1925, Nazis focussed on re-organising the party
  • Membership increased from 108,000 by 1928 under Gregor Strasser
  • Germany was then divided up into 35 electoral districts which reflected upon electoral geogrpahy of Republic's use of PR
  • Each district had a Gauleiter who created further districts and branch groups
  • Re-organisation superimposed overall Nazi Party structure and was seen as effective and efficient
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Bamberg Party Conference

  • 1926 Bamberg Party Conference held
  • Gave Hitler more of a connection to Party and gave him more support to re-establish his supremacy
  • At conference both Gregor and Otto Strasser were sidelined- not see as a priority according to Hitler
  • Goebbels was placed in a more prominent position- he was very good with propaganda as he created the newspaper Der Angriff which was popular
  • Hitler took the opportunity to sideline the Strassers and promote Goebbels in order to give the party more strength and place Hitler in the position of Fuhrerprinzip
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Elections 1928 /1929

1928 Elections

  • Not good for Nazis- only got 2.8% of vote gaining 12 seats

1929 Elections

  • Made significant gains
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