Desperation: The Rise Of The Nazi State

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Starving. You are starving. According to Germany during the Great Depression you would have been out of work and hungry for many years now. You take your trillion marks down to the corner store, wait in line, claw and fight your way for the last couple of items and then find out when you get to the cashier that due to the ever growing inflation your trillions of marks won’t be enough for a single loaf of bread, as is life in Germany in the late 20’s and early 30’s. According to Commanding Heights: The German Inflation most people especially the young have grown up in these terrible conditions were it was more cost effective to take the German marks and burn and use them as wallpaper than as actual money. Around this time you hear about a new political party that is slowly gaining momentum. They had an answer to all of your problems. A cause, an effect, and a solution. They tell you that you are the greatest people on Earth and you have the might a lineage to rise up and become a great and powerful empire. You are immediately hooked.
In desperation people will do what they probably would never do in there right mind. It is this historically justified statement that helped Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party rise to power. For almost a decade the German people had lived in an extremely impoverished state. Hitler and his party provided a pillar of support for the country to lean on. They promised economic change through the creation of public projects including the building of highways and other infrastructure. They blamed the rest of the world and more specifically, the Jewish people for the problems Germany faced. While this anti-Semitism might not have seemed that bad to most people at the time they should have known what Hitler was all about from his personal biography, “Mein Kampf” (My struggle) in which it is hinted multiple times that the only solution to the Jewish problem would be genocide. While you might say that only people who read the book might have known what Hitler was all about, but during the time it was a popular read due to his rising fame as a politician and the head of the Nazi party.
Hitler and his parties rise to power were not as swift and decisive as many people think it to have been. Hitler’s political career started as a spy in a Munich Beer hall. According to “The Rise of Adolf Hitler” , Hitler went to a meeting in a beer hall in Munich thinking he was going to stamp out a communist uprising he actually ended up being persuaded to join the group after and outburst impressed several members( Hitler Joins German Workers Party). Although unimpressed by its disorganized and small workings, Hitler saw the party as something that could become a movement and agreed with there doctrine(Hitler Joins German Workers Party). After making many changes the party and its meetings grew in size. In 1921 Hitler was named the leader of the Nazi party. However this and the 55,000 members of the party were not enough. In 1923 on the cusp...

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