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Germany was also weak and vulnerable due to the Great Depression. It was longest, widespread economic crisis that the world had ever seen. It hurt the U.S. and Germany the hardest because they were industrial giants at that time. Many people were getting laid off and production levels begin to plummet. This has a global impact because other nations provide these industrialized countries with raw materials but the demand and prices go down because they can no longer make these goods. The Great Depression was the last straw for Germany. Democracy died as a result of the Great Depression. The Weimar Republic was still young and was not supported so therefore it was legit or natural in the people’s eyes. Also, there were too many parties within it for anything to get passed in the parliamentary system. German big business and military supported the Weimar Republic in the beginning because they thought they could offer them protection from Communism but by 1932 their views changed. There are no majorities so collations must be made. Germany has lost faith and given up on democracy. All they are looking for is an authoritarian alternative with a strong government and leader. Hitler comes into the picture and decides to take advantage of the situation. By 1919, Hitler goes to Munich and becomes involved in politics. He joins a German workers party which is small and marginalized. But this means it will be easier to become the leader. He renames the party “National Socialists German Workers Party” or Nazi for short. It is the first time that a political party in Germany appealed to constituents of different social classes. Hitler did not generate good ideas. They were rather confusing and unoriginal. The ideas stemmed from German racial superiority and extreme anti-Semitism. However, Hitler is a powerful public speaker who knows how to arousing many emotions. Also, he is an effective organizer but providing a logo, salute, and uniforms for the Nazi party. The Nazi party had a private army as well. The Nazi party also took advantage of propaganda. The propaganda not only drew attention to Hitler but his party as well. Posters provoked other parties which resulted in confrontations. The Nazi party began to lose momentum after they unsuccessfully tried overthrow the Weimar Republic but the prepared during the Indian Summer. Hitler anticipated the Great Depression and he prepared. First, he defines himself as leader of the party. Second, he sets up party offices throughout Germany. Thirdly, he sets up affiliated organization such as Nazi Youth and Nazi Lawyers. Hitler’s goal was to appeal to the youth and identify with people based on the generation or profession. The Nazi Party really took off when the Great Depression hit Germany. With the death of democracy, the Nazi Party and Hitler can swoop in to save the day. Hitler promises to get rid of and overthrow the weak and unreliable democratic system. Also, he will destroy the Treaty of Versailles and punish the Jews for causing the Great Depression. By blaming the Jews, Hitler gave the people a common enemy to go against. Also, he was playing on their fears in hopes that they would support him. When he gets to power he will crush the Communism movement and all revolutions. Last but not

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