The Treaty of Versailles Effect
The Era of the World Wars was a terrible time in both American and European History. It started with World War I between the Allies Powers and the Central Powers. The major powers that made up the Allies were the Unites States, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, and France. The major powers that made up the Central Powers were Germany and Austria-Hungary. The end of the First World War resulted in the Allies winning, after the four long years of battle. When the war ended, the Allies formed a group called the League of Nations. They were the ones who formally call off the war between the groups. In this organization, it had been decided that there was to be special punishments to Germany, who was named as the main cause for it all. So there was a treaty established in Versailles, France. In this treaty, the League of Nations decided to establish peace and justice between the countries in Europe. The Nazis rose to power due to the fact that the demands of the Treaty of Versailles were harsh, and therefore not through the Nazis’ own merit and their propaganda.
Adolf Hitler believed that propaganda was one of the most important things to have when establishing a governmental party. He believed that with this, any newly formed party could rise up to power. Hitler believed that if the propaganda was well presented they would be able to convince large groups of people about whatever they were trying to push across. He said, “Propaganda will consequently have to see that an idea wins supporters while the organization must take the greatest care only to make the most valuable elements among the supporters into members” (Hitler 581-582). Hitler’s government party, the National Socialist German Workers Party (was also called the Nazi Party), used many different mediums when trying to send out their idea, such as books, radios, and newspapers. The Nazi propaganda showed Hitler as being a true German citizen and was thought as a “symbol of strength and national virtue.” During this time every German knew who Hitler was and who the Nazis were. This was because of the party’s building of a strong reputation through doing kind and selfless activities for the people of Germany (“Adolf Hitler”). Besides doing widely known charitable acts, the Nazis also grew a strong reputation with the influential people of Germany.
In order to grow more popular the National Socialist German Workers Party had to get the support of other groups who were also influential at the time in Germany. In 1930 The Nationalist German Workers Party had gained the support of many wealthy individuals and the entire military order members. By 1933 the Nazis had even gotten closer and had made connections with the President of Germany, who at the time was Paul von Hindenburg. This led to Hitler receiving titles such as the Personal Commander of the Army, Supreme War Lord, and later Chancellor of Germany (“Adolf Hitler”). While Hitler was gaining titles and...