What can explain Hitler's Inexplicable rise to the Chancellery?

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The Nazis performed a miracle during 1928~1933; they went from the edge of bankruptcy to the biggest party in the Reichstag, their leader Adolf Hitler went from a criminal to the chancellor of Germany, but how did they achieve this within 4 years?

One of the most significant factors for Hitler to be appointed as chancellor was the significant power of the Nazi party in the Reichstag during the early 1930s. The Nazis only had 12 seats in the Reichstag in 1928 since the Weimar Republic was still in its glorious time of success, the tranquility made almost all the Germans forget about the offensive promises the Nazis made, the Nazis were at their lowest peak. But by the time Great Depression and the death of Gustav Stresemann shocked Germany, Weimar Germany went into chaos; unemployment rose by a million, inflation occurred since the loans from America no longer existed, citizens were suffering and the weak Weimar Republic couldn't do anything to prevent the economic crisis from expanding, it was almost devastated.

But the opposite situation occurred to the Nazis; their reputation increased with a sudden boost and won 143 seats in 1930 and became the second largest party in the Reichstag, then they became the largest party in July 1932 with the astonishing number of 230 seats. The reputation of the Nazis was the major factor for president Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as chancellor; after removing Dr. Bruning from the chancellor position (he decreased the reputation of the government significantly), Hindenburg named Franz von Papen as the new successor, and the first event von Papen brought up were two elections that was purposed to gain reputation for the Republicans, but the action resulted by the pathetic quantity of 70 seats. After the failure, von Papen was replaced by general...