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CLIP 2439

How the Depression helped Hitler come to power

How the Depression helped Hitler come to power
Key Info
  • How the Depression helped Hitler come to power
  • Duration: 01:51
  • The coming of world depression following the Wall Street Crash as banks called in loans all over the world. Weimar Germany was particularly affected because of the Dawes Plan. Unemployment rose dramatically from 1.5 to 6 million between 1929 and 1932. The Weimar Government was seen as not decisive enough, and was hampered by proportional representation which meant that no one party had overall majority. A period of shifting coalitions and social problems followed.
  • Credits: British Movietone, UCLA Film & Television Archive, Eva Riehl, Messter Wouche
  • Subject:



    Weimar and Nazi Germany

  • Keywords: Wall Street Crash, Depression, Hitler, Dawes Plan, Weimar Republic, Weimar Constitution, proportional representation, coalition government
Ideas for use in class
  • Looking at how easily the stability established by Stresemann could be overthrown by economic problems. Examining the nature of the Weimar Constitution and how far it can be blamed for subsequent political and social problems. Consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of proportional representation.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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