Topic: How did the problems in Germany make people support Hitler in 1923?

Essay by KeirHigh School, 10th grade March 2006

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1923 was a problematic year for Germany. The current government was weak and hyperinflation was wreaking people's savings. The people of Germany slowly rallied to a need for a strong leader. The anger toward the French invasion of the Ruhr angered the German people, and the fact that the Weimar government let the French leave after 8 months of scourging civilians' property did nothing to satisfy the people. The attempt to seize power during the Beer Hall Putsch also to a certain extent increased Hitler's supporters.

In 1923, the French army invaded the industrial region Ruhr to force Germany to pay up the reparations. The German government avoided violence by ordering everyone not to do anything. This didn't stop French troops from taking people's money, food and whatnot. Germany was also paying people during the time, so people got paid without working; they were paid to "do nothing". Everyone left their regular jobs in the local industries, which reduced production of various goods, which hurt the German economy.

Also, because people were paid to be idle, hyper inflation occurred. A loaf of bread was worth millions of marks, and people had to use wheel barrels to get the money to pay for it. People's savings became worthless, and pensions (the amount of which was always fixed) were no help to the old. The French invaded angered the Germans, but this hyperinflation elevated that hate to rage. People wanted something to be done. But the government did nothing of the kind. So Germans started to go against their current government and started exploring other parties and individuals that they thought were suitable to rule Germany. And as seen in the movie "Rise of evil", Hitler had a natural talent to captivate people with his speeches. The anger toward the Weimar government...