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Life for German people developed tremendously between 1919 and 1991. Life in the Weimar Republic was drastically different to that of the dictatorship people had lived in in Germany beofre. The new proportional representation system was very fair and modern, yet it did mean that government was often unable to make decisions easily due to the coalition. Life in Weimar was democratic and free, with women being empowered in films and theatre as well as arts and architecture becoming more daring. Everyone over the age of 20 had the tright to vote and freedom of speech.This was in direct contrast to life in the Kaiser's dictatorship. 

Weimar was not always good though. The crises of 1923 and the Depression in 1929 led to unemployment rates rising to extremely high levels. Hypweinflation was so bad that people no longer went shopping with worthless money- they swapped whatever possessions they had.

The Depression led to the fall of Weimar and so the Nazis came into power.

Life under the Nazis was completely different to that in Weimar Germany. For example, life for women changed greatly. They were forced to leave public sector professions such as being teachers, doctors and civil servants and were expected to stay at home, raising children and creating a pleasant home environment for their husbands. They were no longer allowed to dye their haor, wear makeup or smoke in public.

Hitler wanted a large, strong population and so women were encouraged to have as many children as possible and the Law for the Encouragement of Marriage, in 1933, meant that loans were given to young couples to marry as long as the woman left her job. The couple could keep 25% of the loan for…


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