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Hitler’s Rise to Power

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The situation of crisis in the polity, society, and economy formed the background for Hitler’s rise to power. Born in the year 1889 in Austria, he spent his youth in poverty. In the first world war, he was enrolled in the army, acted as a messenger in the front, became a corporal, and earned many medals. The defeat from Germany horrified him and the Versailles Treaty made the situation worst.

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Background to Hitler’s Rise to Power

 In the year 1919, he joined a small group called the German Workers’ Party and consequently took over the organization and renamed it as National Socialist German Workers’ Party, which subsequently came to be known as the Nazi Party. Following years, in 1923 he planned to seize control of Bavaria, march to Berlin, and capture power. However, he failed, was arrested, tried for treason, and was later released.

The Nazis weren’t able to garner popular support till the early 1930s. It was during the Great Depression that Nazism attained the heights of a mass movement. After 1929, banks collapsed and businesses shut down, workers lost their jobs and the middle classes were threatened with unemployment. In this situation, Nazi propaganda aimed the feelings for a better future. In 1928, Nazi Party got no more than 2.6 percent votes in Reichstag- German Parliament, and in 1932, it became the largest group with 37 percent votes.

Hitler’s Nazi Party Rise to Power

The following are some manners by which Hitler rose to drive:-

He was a strong speaker

His enthusiasm and his words moved individuals, He would shiver at each word he expressed. It was said that he would take out his gun and shoot at the sky after his discourse. He had the talent and capacity to impact individuals through his words.

He vowed to construct a solid county 

Germany which was confronting extraordinary financial misery at that time was an exceptionally feeble country after The Second Great War, Hitler vowed to fabricate a solid country and make Germany a superpower.

He vowed to fix the treachery of the deal of Versailles

The residents of Germany were insulted by the unreasonable arrangement of Versailles, which had unjustifiable approaches, and blamed just Germany for beginning The Second Great War. Hitler vowed to individuals that he would fix the foul play of the deal of Versailles and that he would reestablish the poise of the German individuals

Vowed to get rid of all unfamiliar impacts out of Germany 

There were numerous unfamiliar impacts in Germany after The Second Great War, He vowed to oppose all unfamiliar ‘connivances’ against Germany.

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He got the meaning of ceremonies and scenes in mass preparation. Nazis held gigantic assemblies and public gatherings to show their help for Hitler and ingrain a feeling of solidarity among his kin. The red standards with the insignia, the Nazi salute, and the ritualized rounds of commendation were all pieces of this display of force.

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Projected Hitler as a savior, a deliverer, and somebody who had shown up to convey individuals from their misery. This picture caught the creative mind of individuals whose feelings of poise and pride had been broken and who were living in a period of intense monetary and political emergency.

Europe in 1942


The Destruction of Democracy

President Hindenburg on 30 January 1933, offered the Chancellorship, the highest position in the cabinet of ministers, to Hitler, and Nazis by now have rallied the conservatives to their cause. After the acquisition of power, Hitler thought to do away with the mantle of democratic rule structure.

The mysterious fire that broke out in the German Parliament building in February facilitated his move. The Fire Decree of 28th February 1933 indefinitely suspended civic rights like freedom of speech, press, and assembly that were guaranteed by the Weimar Constitution. His arch enemies, the Communists, most of whom were transferred to the new concentration camps. The repression of the communists was severe.

On March 1933, the famous Enabling Act was passed, which established a dictatorship in Germany. It gave all rights Hitler to sideline Parliament and rule by decree. All the political parties and trade unions were banned, except the Nazi parties and affiliations. The state established complete control over the economy, media, army, and judiciary.

Creation of some special surveillance and security forces were created to control and order society in ways that the Nazis wished. Apart from the already existing regular police in green uniform and Storm Troopers, which included the Gestapo (Secret State Police), SS (protection squads), criminal police, and Security Service (SD). These new extra-constitutional powers gave the Nazi state a reputation as a dreaded criminal state. People could now be detained in Gestapo torture chambers, rounded up, and sent to concentration camps. Police acquired the power to rule with impunity.


Hitler had assigned the role and responsibility of economic recovery and reconstruction to economist Hjalmar Schacht who aimed for full production and full employment through a state-funded work creation program. This produced famous German superhighways and people’s cars, Volkswagen.

In case of the foreign policy, Hitler pulled out of the League of Nations in 1933, reoccupied the Rhineland in 1936, and integrated Austria and Germany in 1938 under the slogan “One people, One empire, and One leader”. He then went to acquire the part of German-speaking Sudentenland from Czechoslovakia and in the end, took up the whole country. He had the unspoken support of England, which considered the Versailles verdict to be too harsh.

Hitler saw war as a way out of the approaching economic crisis. Schacht had advised Hitler against investing hugely in rearmament as a state still ran on deficit financing. However, Hitler didn’t listen and Schacht had to leave. Resources came to be acquired through the acquisition and expansion of territories. In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland; which started a war with France and England. In 1940, a Tripartite Pact was signed between Germany, Italy, and Japan, hence strengthening Hitler’s claim to international power. By the end of 1940, Hitler was at the pinnacle of his power.

He moved on to acquire his long-term aim of conquering Eastern Europe; as he wanted to ensure food supplies and living space for Germans and attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941. In this blunder, Hitler exposed the German western front to British aerial bombing and the eastern part of the powerful soviet armies. The Soviet Red Army inflicted a crushing and humiliating defeat on Germany at Stalingrad.

The USA wanted to stay out, but not for long. Japan was expanding its power in the east. It had occupied French Indo-China and was planning to attack US Naval bases in the Pacific. When Japan extended its support to Hitler and bombed the US base at Pearl Harbor, the US entered the second world war. War ended in May 1945 with the defeat of Hitler and the US dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in Japan.

FAQs on Hitler

Question 1: Who was Hitler?


Adolf Hitler is known and reviled figure in history. As the leader of Nazi Germany, he orchestrated both World War II and the Holocaust; events which led to deaths of at least 40,000,000 people.

Question 2: What are concentration camps?


The term concentration camp refers to a camo in which people are detained, usually under harsh conditions and without any regard to the legal norms of arrest and imprisonment that are acceptable in constitutional framework.

Question 3: How did Adolf Hitler die?


Adolf Hitler has committed suicide on April 30,1945 after being hunted by the Soviet troops storming Berlin.

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Last Updated : 24 Feb, 2023
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