An Examination into the Rise of Nazi Popularity

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In the German election of 1928, the Nazi Party received 2.8 percent of Germany's vote, yet four years later as a result of the 1932 election this figure grew to a much more significant 37.3 percent . It is not easy to turn the tides of politics in your own favour, especially of such magnitude, in such a short period of time, yet that indeed was what Hitler and his Nazi's managed to do. People today still squabble relentlessly over exactly how the Nazi's popularity grew so rapidly, with few absolute conclusions ever being unanimously decided upon. Yet it is certain that of the many factors present at the time the most important were those of how well organised the Nazi's were, how good an oral presenter Hitler happened to be, the world was amidst an economic depression, as well as the fact that many German citizens flat out hated the Weimar Government.

The fact of how well organised the Nazi party was is without a doubt a key factor as to why its popularity grew at the rate at which it did. During the days of the Weimar Republic, Germany was in a state of pandemonium. There was corruption, violence, as well as confusion and a general hysteria amongst politically minded folks to such an extent that should a solid entity have arisen the masses would have unquestionably aligned themselves alongside it. From the words of Albert Speer, a leading Nazi member, "My mother saw a Storm Trooper parade ... the sight of discipline in a time of chaos, the impression of energy in an atmosphere of universal hopelessness, seems to have won her over..." This quote absolutely proves that the fact that the Nazi party was well organised and carried out all of its endeavours in such an...