Weimar Republic

Assess the view that the collapse of Weimer Republic was primarily due to the appeal of Hitler and the Nazi party

The Weimar Republic began after the fall of the Hollenzollern Dynasty in 1918, initially it was seen as a democracy of hope yet slowly the government became weak and unstable. The government showed weakness in a variety of crucial areas including social, economic and political aspects. The left wing politics of the Nationalist Social party were deemed stable and an ideal for many Germans who were not satisfied with the Weimer Government, the Nazi Party, which was lead by Adolf Hitler held the appeals of the public and the policy both foreign and domestic which enticed the German population. The support base for the Nazi party grew and this ultimately leads to the collapse of Weimer. The appeal of Hitler and the Nazi Party as well as the instability of the Weimer government can both be credited with the ultimate collapse of Weimer.
The signing of the Treaty of Versailles (1919) by the Weimer governments new representatives that lead many of the German military and public outraged as the blame of WW1 had been placed on the German monarchy under the Kaiser. The Versailles treaty was seen as adding insult to injury after losing the war and now having sole blame placed upon them. The treaty of Versailles has “universally described as overly harsh against the Germans”₁ this statement is a widely accepted evaluation of the treaty and its effects on the German public. The Weimer government found it hard to convince German citizens that the Treaty was fair as they believed that the Allies were dictating to them the repayments from the war. The constant demand of finances from the allies sent the German economy into a state of bankruptcy, and thus the German citizen were overwhelmed by tax and inflation. These events saw the support of the public toward Weimer fall as budgets were stretched and many lived off rations for a long period of time. The Nazi party...