Are you sure you want to delete this answer? Yes Sorry, something has gone wrong. People supported Hitler when he took power because conditions were so bad in Germany that they were willing to try anything.
Hitler had total power in Germany, unrestricted by any constitutional constraints.
The headline implied even more, however, than the major change in the constellation of power. It suggested an identity of Hitler and the country he ruled, signifying a complete bond between the German people and Hitler.
The referendum that followed on 19 Augustto legitimize the power-political change that had occurred, aimed at demonstrating this identity. As the result showed, however, reality lagged behind propaganda.
According to the official figures, over a sixth of voters defied the intense pressure to conform and did not vote "yes.
Even so, there were one or two tantalizing hints that Hitler's personal appeal outstripped that of the Nazi regime itself, and even more so of the Party.
The same sentiment could be heard elsewhere. One example of strong criticism leveled at Hitler can be seen in a report from the Gestapo in Berlin in March Hitler's toleration of the corruption and luxury life-style of the Party big-wigs at a time when poor living standards still afflicted most ordinary Germans was, the report noted, heavily criticized.
In a spectacular move that fully exposed the weakness of the western democracies, Hitler could celebrate his greatest triumph in foreign policy to date. The domestic problems of previous months -- shortage of foodstuffs, high prices, low wages and, in Catholic areas, much antagonism towards the regime over the struggle between the church and state were temporarily forgotten in the euphoria.
Despite the absurdity of the "election" result at the end of the month, when -- amid ballot-rigging, electoral manipulation and intense propaganda to conform -- according to the official figures Much suggests, in fact, that between the death of Hindenburg in August and the expansion into Austria and the Sudetenland four years later Hitler was indeed successful in gaining the backing of the vast majority of the German people, something of immeasurable importance for the disastrous course of German policy ahead.
Apart perhaps from the immediate aftermath of the astonishing victory in France in summerHitler's popularity was never higher than at the height of his foreign-policy successes in Sebastian Haffner plausibly reckoned that Hitler had succeeded by in winning the support of "the great majority of that majority who had voted against him in At the same time, it seems hard to deny that the regime had won much support sinceand that this owed much to the perceived personal "achievements" of Hitler.
The propaganda image was never better summarized than by Hitler himself in his Reichstag speech of 28 April which Haffner also cited: I succeeded in completely resettling in useful production those 7 million unemployed who so touched our hearts I have not only politically united the German nation but also rearmed it militarily, and I have further tried to liquidate that Treaty sheet by sheet whose Articles contain the vilest rape that nations and human beings have ever been expected to submit to.
I have restored to the Reich the provinces grabbed from us in ; I have led millions of deeply unhappy Germans, who have been snatched away from us, back into the Fatherland; I have restored the thousand-year-old historical unity of German living space; and I have attempted to accomplish all that without shedding blood and without inflicting the sufferings of war on my people or any other.
I have accomplished all this, as one who 21 years ago was still an unknown worker and soldier of my people, by my own efforts The claim that the change in Germany's fortunes had been achieved single-handedly was, of course, absurd. There was not a word in this passage of the pathological obsession with "removing" the Jews, or of the need for war to acquire living space.
Restoration of order, rebuilding the economy, removal of the scourge of unemployment, demolition of the restrictions of the hated Versailles Treaty, and the establishment of national unity all had wide popular resonance, ranging far beyond die-hard Nazis, appealing in fact in different ways to practically every sector of society.
Opinion surveys long after the end of the Second World War show that many people, even then, continued to associate these "achievements" positively with Hitler. Compared with the state of Germany six years earlier, it was hard for those listening to Hitler's speech, even many who had earlier opposed the Nazis, not to admit that Hitler had accomplished something extraordinary.
Few were clear-sighted or willing enough to analyze what lay behind the "achievements," to reject the gross inhumanity on which Germany's rebuilding had been founded, to perceive the undermining of governmental structures and ruination of Reich finances that was taking place, above all, to comprehend the colossal risks for the country's very existence involved in the regime's course of action.A well-respected German historian has a radical new theory to explain a nagging question: Why did average Germans so heartily support the Nazis and Third Reich?
Hitler, says Goetz Aly, was a "feel good dictator," a leader who not only made Germans feel important, but . Hope, desperation, brainwashing and peer pressure were major reasons why Germans supported the policies of Hitler.
For the most part, Germans hoped for a new leader to make their country great. The Germans fought until even Hitler had conceded the end and killed himself, whereas just a generation earlier they had expelled their Kaiser and changed their government without any enemy troops on German soil.
So who supported Hitler, and why? Mar 01, · Why Even Non-Nazi Germans Stuck With Hitler When Disaster Loomed barbarous and genocidal war and why most Germans--Nazis and non-Nazis Yet Galen vigorously supported the invasion of the. Learners new to this history may assume that all Germans or all Nazi voters were antisemites.
They may have a simplistic view of the Nazi rise to power. Also, study of the Holocaust often starts with the appointment of Hitler as Chancellor. Jul 02, · Why did Germans support Hitler and Nazi party during WWII and before? There was a huge amount of germans who did not support Hitler and people supported him because post WW1 the economic restrictions placed on germany left most people poor and angry he promised to solve that problem wich he sort of did.
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