Hitlers Rise to Power

From 1919 to 1934, Adolf Hitler went from a member of a small and insignificant political party to arguably the most powerful man in Germany. The rise of the Nazi party cannot be accredited to one event but derived from Hitlers brave ideologies and refusal to be ignored.

Hitler became involved with the new coming German Workers Party in 1919 and set the violent tone of the movement. At meeting after meeting he would pour out his ideas and obsessions about the need for a united nation of Germany. These were Hitlers dreams and through his powerful and spellbinding speaking abilities, made them the dreams of his audience. In early 1921 the German Workers Party was renamed the National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazis, and Adolf Hitler emerged as leader. Leadership and domination of those around him had become essential. Hitler founded his own street army, the SA, in order to police meetings, defend the party and attack opponents prying on the fear of the nation.

By 1923, Germany was suffering intense unemployment and economical downfall due to the hyperinflation. Hitler saw this as an opportunity to win power but an attempt in the form of the Munich Putsch proved unsuccessful and he was imprisoned. It could have been a humiliating experience, bringing an end to the Nazi movement. However, Hitler used his trial as a platform making a powerful and impassioned speech and composing Mein Kampf, the story of his life and his dreams, where Hitlers ideas were spelled out to the public. When Hitler was released from prison at the end of 1924 the Nazi Party seemed in ruins. Hitler however never lost his confidence that the party would triumph and he continued to reach out to the whole of Germany, deciding to attempt to gain power by legal means. As well as Hitlers verbal skills, the Nazis had an excellent propaganda scheme. Joseph Goebbels brilliantly masterminded the Nazi political campaigns and targeted specific groups of society with effective means of winning...