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What factors led to the growth of Nazism?

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2011-08-26 18:09:58
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In early 1918, one of the most destructive groups of people ever to be assembled began to form in Germany. This group, named the Thule Society, was a faction of Germans who were anti-Christian, anti-Semitic, and racist as a whole.

This new society, later referred to as the Nazi party, had a plan. They wanted to exterminate all contaminating factors of the human race and they felt that the Jews were the main causes of an impure and tainted race.

But, in order to destroy this group of people, they needed as much support from the population of Germany as possible. Therefore, leaders of the party were clever to jump into workers groups. The individuals from the Thule Society joined the Workers' Party in Germany, an already established society, and garnered much support from that move. As a majority of the German population were peasants and workers, the collaboration with this party gained many supporters.

Why would all these people join a party directed at killing Jews throughout Germany and Europe, you ask? Well, one must remember the circumstances that most Germans faced daily during this era. Most of the citizens of Germany during this time period were poor, jobless, and poverty stricken. Hunger set in. Not only were the German people hungry for more food, they were also hungry for a distinct change within Germany in hopes that the change would be a positive spin to a downtrodden German nation. History has shown that, when rough times hit, changes are made. People are willing to make more radical decisions during rough times of their lives as they have nothing to lose. Meanwhile, they could essentially move up the economic ladder with a new and improved governmental society.

The aftermath of the Great Depression that began in 1929 gave the Nazi party a wonderful opportunity to seize power in Germany and begin its practice of genocide. With the right moves and the right people in office, the Nazi party would able to continue to rise in the infrastructure of the German social and political structure.

The leader of the Nazi party was a man by the name of Adolf Hitler. Ironically, Hitler, the man who yearned for a pure race of Germans, was not even a German himself. In fact, Hitler was actually a native of Austria. He, however, had the will to help his party rise to the top of the German government.

The Nazi party rose to power in January 1933 when Adolf Hitler was essentially handed the power of Germany. Once Hitler was into office, he was set. Slowly, the 'great' leader moved up the chain of power into the spot he had worked for over the course of his life. Hitler threatened and worked his way into office and eventually became the dictator in a new, Nazi-led German nation. With his coming into office in 1933, the extermination of Jews began on a full-fledged, widespread level.

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