How did the Nazis gain power?

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President Paul von Hindenburg travels in a car with Hitler, the newly appointed Chancellor of Germany on 20 January 1933
© 2011 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Hitler and the Nazis gained power on 30 January 1933. By March that year Hitler had total power over the country.

In this section you will learn how the Nazis developed from a small insignificant party into the party that gained total power to change the face of German politics and society. You will learn how the Nazis gained power and who supported them in their search for power.

Once you have viewed the information behind the first five buttons, use the Reflective Learning Activity to help put the information into context.