Reasons the nazis gained power treaty of versailles

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Reasons the nazis gained power treaty of versailles

  1. 1. The November Criminals Many Germans believed that they had not actually lost WW1 but instead had been ‘stabbed in the back’. Some Germans nicknamed he leaders who signed the armistice the ‘November Criminals’.
  2. 2. The Treaty of Versailles German anger at having surrendered was made worse the following year. Germany was given a harsh punishment as part of the Treaty of Versailles, the legal agreement to end the war.
  3. 3. Versailles details • Germany took the blame for starting the war • Germany lost territory, including areas with large German populations • Germany’s military was reduced (100,000 soldiers, no air force) • Big reparations were to be paid
  4. 4. Arguments for influence One of the Nazis’ main promises was to reverse the Treaty of Versailles, winning them support. The reparations led to hyperinflation, causing economic problems and anger, again winning votes for the Nazis.
  5. 5. Arguments for influence The harshness of Versailles meant that moderate Germans who might have supported the Republic were disillusioned. In this way the Allies’ actions helped the Nazi rise to power.
  6. 6. Arguments against influence Not all economic problems were caused by reparations; the Depression was a global event. Also it was not guaranteed that Versailles would result in Nazi support; Hitler’s political skill helped achieve this too.

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