How far do you agree with interpretation 2 about the reasons for increased support for the Nazis in the years 1929-1933?
During 1929-323 in Germany, many factors either positive or negative, increased support for the Nazis during the Reichstag elections in 1930. The Great Depression affected different people in different ways. Businessmen, young people, farmers and factory workers. For those who had lost their jobs, there was poverty, hunger and homelessness. Of course not all Germans suffered equally, but even those who were protected from the worst of the Depression felt its impact in other ways. Many unemployed were supported in 1932. 25% of people on emergency relief from the government received a payment lower than normal unemployment benefit, while 30% of the people supported from the local councils was a lower payment still.
This is when they realised that they need to think of sneaky tactics to help make German the Biggest and most powerful Party. The Nazis made their first great breakthrough, jumping from twelve to 107 seats from 1923-33. They suddenly became the largest party and were well ahead of the Communists. In the July 1932 elections, they advanced to 230 seats and were the biggest party. The Nazi Party was now the major force in German politics.
Interpretation 1 shows that the Nazis won support because of Hitler. Evidence to support this is presented when the historian B.Walsh, writes “He appeared as a dynamic man” which suggest that he is presented as a powerful yet noble leader worthy to be looked up to. The historian goes on and writes “he was able to appear to be the man of the people”. The phrase “man of the people” suggests that again, he is powerful, looked up to and is a very important person to the people and is like their very own superman because of posters…