After World War I, many factors led to the rise of the Nazis. The Treaty of Versailles, which ended the war, resulted in Germany facing harsh punishments. Germany is blamed for World War I, The Great Depression, propaganda, and the use of racism toward Jews, all contributed to Hitler winning power. Germans were desperate for someone to take responsibility for what had been done, and they also wanted someone to rebuild their country. Adolf Hitler convinced Germans that Nazism was the answer to recovering Germany.
During the early 1920s, Germany was struggling with economic instability as well as political issues. After Germany was defeated in the war, they were forced into signing the peace treaty which caused feelings of fear, anger, and doubt. Germany was obligated to take full responsibility for World War I, and they had to pay tremendous reparations. This treaty economically drained Germany and destroyed their spirit. Due to such circumstances, Hitler offered a secure and promising movement known as the Nazi Party.
As a result of the war effort and the payment of war reparations resulted in unemployment and economic depression in Germany. The Great Depression began in 1929, bringing about economic, social, and psychological ramifications. The weakness of the Weimar Constitution caused poverty and unemployment to increase. As stated in the Holocaust timeline, unemployment doubled from three million to six million by 1932. While unemployment increased, respect for the Weimar democracy severely decreased. "On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was named chancellor, the most powerful position in the German government, by the aged President Hindenburg, who hoped Hitler could lead the nation out of its grave political and economic crisis." Once Hitler gained power, he quickly ended the German democracy and began a dictatorship.
Propaganda in Germany also played a part in the rise of the Nazis. Propaganda unfairly blamed Jews for Germany's economic issues and because they were defeated in World War I. Propaganda campaigns created an atmosphere where violence against Jews was acceptable. Hitler's speaking skills, as well as posters promoting him, m...