Reasons the nazis gained power opponents' mistakes

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Reasons the nazis gained power opponents' mistakes

  1. 1. Other political parties One feature of the German political system was that there were many parties, lots of which started out more powerful than the Nazis. However still the Nazis managed to become the only power.
  2. 2. SPD/KPD divide The Social Democratic Party (SPD) and German Communist Party (KPD) agreed on many issues, especially stopping the Nazis, but refused to work together. This was due to a dispute going back to the Spartacist Revolt.
  3. 3. Personal arguments Arguments between German Chancellors Franz von Papen and Kurt von Schleicher allowed Hitler to take charge of a disorganised government. Both men hated and plotted against each other.
  4. 4. President Hindenburg Paul von Hindenburg was in his 80s by 1933 and some historians believe he was senile by this time. His use of Article 48 powers undermined democracy and set a precedent for Hitler.
  5. 5. Arguments for influence Many political groups were worried by Hitler but put personal issues ahead of stopping him. Hitler and the Nazis were underestimated by many people; they claimed Hitler was “hired” after he became Chancellor.
  6. 6. Arguments against influence Weimar may have survived if it was not for uncontrollable economic problems. Also, regardless of other issues, Hitler was also offering policies that many Germans agreed with.

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