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Polarization of German politics People scared b/c of economic situation – bankruptcy, shantytowns  with no end in sight Aftermath of elections – Bruning could have created Coalition government but  did not do so Social Democrats did not want to be part of Bruning’s govt – policy of  toleration Partly b/c they were still in control of Prussia Bruning did not want Nazis in a coalition – Nazi’s did not want to associate  with an unpopular govt. No working majority Emergency Decrees – rule by Decrees became the  norm 1930 – 5 Decrees 1931 – 40 Decrees 1932 – 51 Degrees MAIN POINT: Bruning followed on a course that ended parliamentary  democracy  before  Nazis even came into power Reich Govt     Bruning – stubborn, took measures that were profoundly unpopular Industrial production decrease by 50% Small marginal business bankruptcy soared Banks closed on small farms Nazis attacked the “Jewish banks” Assassination of bankers that conducted auctions Banking Crisis of 1931 Fear that money in banks was not safe Bruning afraid of pumping money into economy because of inflation – more  sensitive to inflation than unemployment Government deficits grew – Bruning established decrees that reduced wages, 
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retirement, unemployment and raised taxes Unpopular – aggregated belief that Weimar system had failed Failed to stop slide of economy Nazi Influence     Nazi’s exploited failure of the Weimar republic Nazi propaganda promised everything to everyone Higher prices for food to farmers; lower food prices for urban workers Other parties realized that Nazis were making promises to everybody  as did some other people **People so scared that they believed impractical promises** Talking about new kind of “National Socialism” that would save  Germany from communism – no one quite understood what that meant Hugenberg (DNVP?) – tried to put himself at the front of right-wing party Hartzburg Front Owned chain of newspapers – did not have the manpower to make a  difference Obvious that Hitler was true leader – DNVP much less formidable than  the NSDAP Hugenberg’s acceptance made Nazis even more acceptable to the  people Biggest Issue: What would happen in the election of the following year  (1932)? Would be part of elections in two major states, Prussia and Bavaria –  votes added up to almost the size of national election Reich President Hidenberg’s term expired in 1932 – some wanted to  make his term lifelong
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