Before the Great Depression
devastated the world, there was a small far right political party called the
National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi party for short). The Nazi party
had some strong opinions but their opinions won the Germans votes. In this essay,
I will explain how the Nazi party gained a following by using propaganda. And
how Hitler gained voters by his well worded speeches.
The Great Depression hit Germans
hard. There were millions out of jobs and many more were starving due to
shortage of money to buy food. By 1933 there were 6 million people unemployed
and thousands had died from starvation. The German Depression was mostly caused
by the United States after the stock market crashed on black Thursday, October
24th 1929. The Americans were struggling and they wanted their loans
back from Germany. Germany had nowhere near enough money to pay back American banks.
This put Germany into a Depression.
How did the Nazi
party use propaganda to spread their message? The Nazi party spread propaganda
through music, art, books, films, radio, etc. They also taught kids in schools
that the Nazi party and Hitler were the best thing to happen to Germany and
that Hitler was the supreme leader. He taught kids racism. He also reminded
Germans that Jewish people and many others were there enemies. The Nazi party
stated that they would reverse the restrictions set by the Treaty of Versailles
and rebuild the German empire.
Hitler gained many followers
because of his speeches. He had very powerful speeches and very well written
speeches. Hitler crafted his speeches around the audience. If the audience was
labour workers he would tell them about how he would get them jobs and better
pay. With these speeches, he gave the Germans what they needed and wanted. He
was able to create the biggest German party and takeover a dozen nations.
The Nazis used the Great Depression
as a political advantage. They used it to grow the Nazi party’s followers. They
used their strong opinions to influence the Germans. Hitler used his powerful
writing skills to appeal to every audience he spoke in front of. And this
gained them the voters.