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How did the Nazis gain power?

Hitler rides through a crowd of his supporters after meeting President Hindenburg in January 1933.
Hitler rides through a crowd of his supporters after meeting President Hindenburg in January 1933. © 2011 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

In January 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany, and other Nazis were given powerful positions in the government. Within months, the Party was able to strengthen their hold on power and create a dictatorship. How did the Nazis, who had very little support in the mid-1920s, manage to put themselves in contention for power by 1933?

A combination of the circumstances that increased the Nazis’ appeal, such as the Depression, their ability to build a mass movement and the support that they received from powerful figures in Germany enabled their rise.

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The aftermath of the First World War in Germany
The aftermath of the First World War in Germany
The Weimar Republic
The Weimar Republic
Economic issues in the 1920s
Economic issues in the 1920s
The early years of the Nazi Party
The early years of the Nazi Party
How did the Nazis gain support?
How did the Nazis gain support?
How did the Nazi consolidate their power?
How did the Nazi consolidate their power?
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