Circumstances in Germany

Fear of communism spreading

  • Germany's rich landowners and businessmen were scared that the communists would take their wealth from them.
  • The SA often attacked communist groups in the beer halls and the streets. This led to many landowners and businessmen supporting the Nazis.

Effects of the Wall Street Crash

  • The Wall Street Crash in 1929 meant that the loans given to Germany in 1924 were called in.
  • The German economy could not survive and as a result businesses closed and many Germans became unemployed.

The video below describes how the depression helped Hitler come to power.

In January 1933, Hitler accepted the Chancellorship. President Hindenburg thought that he could keep Hitler under control.

The video below looks at Hitler's rise to power.