The Problems in Germany and the Growth of Hitler's Support

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As years went by after World War I Germany only grew weaker. It had been suffering for numerous reasons such as hyperinflation, French invasion, right-wing violence, etc. Since Germany's defeat Adolf Hitler's determination to revive Germany, exterminate all non-Germans in Germany, and necessity for vengeance grew more and more everyday. Since he became the leader of the National Socialist German Worker's Party (NSDAP) in 1920 his group of supporters his and infamy grew alongside each other. During 1923 the Nazi membership increased from 6,000 to 55,000. However this number was only a small fraction of the German population. In the same year Hitler, determined to overthrow the government, led the Munich beer hall putsch by which he convinced the Weimar Republic's supporters that Hindenburg and Ludendorff supported Hitler and the Nazi Party. Unfortunately for Hitler his plan was unsuccessful. As a result he was accused of treason and sent to prison for 13 months.

The real reasons why he became so popular in the early 20's is because he promised Germans the alternative they needed at the time as the problems in Germany were affecting the whole country, an alternative that would make Germany as strong as it could ever be. Especially problems that were causes of the Treaty of Versailles and causes of the war.

A problem that Hitler focused on a great deal was the hyperinflation issue. This was a problem that affected every single person in Germany, and Hitler would blame the Allies as they were the ones demanded reparations for the damage they had caused in the First World War. In 1923, when Ebert decided that Germans had to stop pay reparations to the Allies, the French invaded Germany and demanded that Germany did not stop paying. President Ebert, then, ordered Germans to neglect the presence...