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What Did Hitler Use to Gain Power

Some of the things Hitler used to his advantage to gain power.

How was Hitler able to use the following to gain power? [10 marks]

Treaty of Versailles/Loss of the War

Hitler branded the government who surrendered the war “November Criminals” and cowards. Hitler believed that Germany was strong enough to have carried on in the war and won, he shared this view with millions of Germans whom he was able to exploit and use in his favour to win the popularity of the German nation. When Hitler was arrested and was on trial for high treason, he again branded the government who signed the Treaty of Versailles as the traitors who should be on trial for the betrayal of their country. This again won the support of the nation including the judge who was in charge of his trial.

His anti-Jewish Attitude

Hitler’s hatred of Jews sprung from firstly when he was a child, his mother was dying of breast cancer and the doctor who delivered the news was a Jew so Hitler blamed him. The most well known reason for Hitler’s hatred of the Jews was when he was a “down and out” in the streets of Vienna. He was an artist in working in Vienna and when he tried to sell his artwork to the art shops, which happened to be owned by Jews, he was turned down. Because of this Hitler started to blame the Jews.

Hitler’s Personality and Skills

Hitler has a driven personality and likes to have control. He is a good public speaker which he demonstrates at his rallies and when in court. He has a good vocal projection, which grabbed people attention. With these skills and sharing the common view Hitler was able to get the public support behind him.

Direct Action

Hitler believed in direct action, which in some ways made him feared as he used a militant approach via his SA and SS.

Propaganda and Censorship

When Hitler began to seize power he used extortion to his advantage. A big event that gave Hitler power was the Reichstag fire which some believe was started deliberately by Hitler’s order or Communists who Hitler believed was to blame. Hitler managed to persuade President Hindenburg that it was a terrorist act of communists and needed to be acted upon. Hindenburg in turn gave Hitler the powers of the enabling act, which stopped the freedom of the press, freedom of speech, and allowed him to have phones bugged. The idea of this act was tom prevent terrorism but Hitler used it to his own gain to dictate the nation and to prevent anyone opposing him.

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  1. Twizzler

    On April 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm


    different, kinda boring.

  2. Bland

    On October 9, 2008 at 10:03 am


    and very boring. Add a litle someting-someting to make this intresting plz. If you can, add some tasteful facts that will make this more intresting and will not bore the heck out of your readers. As I read on, it seems like you cut and pasted this out of some online text book. You need to put this in your own words, not take them out of a text book.

  3. vIcToRiA

    On January 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm


    i actually really liked it. i think the facts were really good. i mean its old history nothing is going to stand out and excite us. but i think anything on hitler is really good

  4. jessie

    On March 16, 2009 at 6:48 pm


    i liked it i’m doing an essay and it helped me a bit as for Bland it’s not even that boring and it does have good facts like about why hitler actually hated jews.

  5. Blyss

    On April 7, 2009 at 1:38 am


    Yeah but he hasn’t cited any sources, for all we know, he could be making up these ‘facts’. Not bad, but a bit of evidence would make it more than just a story.

  6. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On November 5, 2009 at 1:45 pm


    Hitler is not even as good as the worst American president, who must manage a whole nation in such a manner that sophisticated human rights are preserved. Any dummy can run a dictatorship.

  7. siulolovao finau

    On April 19, 2010 at 5:31 pm


    everyone is hella ugly hitler omg A!!!

  8. PRISCILLA

    On April 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm


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  9. PRISCILLA

    On April 19, 2010 at 5:37 pm


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  10. PAUL NGEI MUTUKU(ODM)

    On February 11, 2011 at 6:06 am


    paul ngei mutuku(ODM)

    I FOUND HITLER\’S SOURCES OF POWER VERY WISE.

  11. Benedict Lewis

    On November 26, 2011 at 7:58 am


    Quick typing error, Propoganda and Censorship, line 6, word 13 meant to be to (?) but is tom..

  12. bobby

    On March 22, 2012 at 9:46 am


    he use his power to do his mom

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