Questions to ask yourself! What was the appeal of the Nazis? Who Voted for the Nazis? Why did they Vote for Hitler?
Hitler as Leader? Great Speaker Passionate Hypnotic and magnetic personality Other parties did not have such a charismatic leader Strong against Communism Nationalist Gave people the solutions they wanted to hear and someone to blame. Genius? Offered everybody something
National Appeal Revived the “Stab in the Back” theory for the problems in Germany. Exploited the Great Depression and the problems & suffering it caused. Hitler would unite the Country in this time of crisis. Offered people to blame for their troubles, Jews, Allies and the Government
Different Social Groups Working Class Middle Class Upper Class Women Young Farmers Businessmen
Working Class Made up the largest social group in Germany Traditionally voted SPD or Communist At the height of the depression unemployment reached 6 million. The Government had cut benefits Workers could barely meet ends meet on the low wages.
Farmers Many faced bankruptcy and the loss of land. Farmers were getting low prices for their goods.
Youth Germany was a place of despair No faith in coalition governments of the Weimar Republic Unemployment
Middle Class Businessmen and Industrialists Hit hard during the depression due to reduced trade Worried about losing their businesses if Communism took over
Nationalists Blamed the Government for signing the Treaty of Versailles.
Women German woman her "world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home." Very important role within the Nazi Germany.