Hitler came to power due to many social, political, and economic factors. Two main events that led to his rise to power were the settlement of World War I and the downfall of the Weimer government.

The German population were not satisfied with their government. Democracy was not something they were used to, and lack of strong leadership was one of the main causes of distrust in the government. The NDSAP, or the Nazi Party, was originally created in 1919 as the German Workers' Party. The party gradually gained more support until the Nazi's had taken over many of the other right-wing racist groups in Germany. 1 As German's lost more and more faith in the Weimer government, they eventually turned to extremist groups, the Nazi Party being the largest and fastest growing one. Hitler used Jews as scapegoats for the many problems in Germany. German people, looking for someone to blame for the problems, were attracted to this and this won Hitler more support.

The settlement of World War I caused many Germans to be discontent with the government. Those who believed that the war guilt clause was not fair felt the government was weak and the Allies were to blame for their troubles.
Hyperinflation put Germany in a bad economic position. Unemployment, the 1929 market crash, and the lack of exports all contributed to the economic state of Germany in the later 20's. Other countries provided Germany with loans that they invested in German industry. When the world went into depression, however, nobody had spare money to buy the goods produced by German industry and so the loans invested were wasted. This led to the failure of the Weimer Republic, which caused more German people to turn to extremist groups such as the Nazi party.

Hitler and the Nazi party were appealing to people that had lost faith in the Weimer government. His strong leadership skills and motivational speeches gave hope to the German population. Not only were his public speaking skills a crucial part to his appeal, but he also applied action to his words with force and violence. Hitler was a strong nationalist, as shown by his actions in the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. After he was arrested for his public disturbance in his Putsch, he spent his time in prison writing Mein Kampf. The resignation of Drexler from the Nazi party allowed Hitler the opportunity to become Chairman of the party.


Chapter 7: The Decline of Weimer and the Rise of Nazism 1929-32