How did Hitler rise to power? – Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard


How did Adolf Hitler, a tyrant who orchestrated one of the
largest genocides in human history, rise to power in a democratic country? The story begins at the end
of World War I. With the successful
Allied advance in 1918, Germany realized the war was unwinnable and signed an armistice
ending the fighting. As its imperial government collapsed, civil unrest and worker strikes
spread across the nation. Fearing a Communist revolution, major parties joined
to suppress the uprisings, establishing the parliamentary
Weimar Republic. One of the new government’s first tasks was implementing the peace treaty
imposed by the Allies. In addition to losing over a tenth
of its territory and dismantling its army, Germany had to accept full responsibility
for the war and pay reparations, debilitating its already weakened economy. All this was seen as a humiliation
by many nationalists and veterans. They wrongly believed the war
could have been won if the army hadn’t been betrayed
by politicians and protesters. For Hitler, these views became obsession, and his bigotry and paranoid delusions
led him to pin the blame on Jews. His words found resonance in a society
with many anti-Semitic people. By this time, hundreds
of thousands of Jews had integrated into German society, but many Germans continued to perceive
them as outsiders. After World War I, Jewish success led
to ungrounded accusations of subversion and war profiteering. It can not be stressed enough that these
conspiracy theories were born out of fear, anger, and bigotry, not fact. Nonetheless, Hitler found
success with them. When he joined a small nationalist
political party, his manipulative public speaking
launched him into its leadership and drew increasingly larger crowds. Combining anti-Semitism with
populist resentment, the Nazis denounced both Communism
and Capitalism as international Jewish conspiracies
to destroy Germany. The Nazi party was not initially popular. After they made an unsuccessful attempt
at overthrowing the government, the party was banned, and Hitler jailed for treason. But upon his release about a year later, he immediately began to rebuild
the movement. And then, in 1929,
the Great Depression happened. It led to American banks withdrawing
their loans from Germany, and the already struggling German economy
collapsed overnight. Hitler took advantage
of the people’s anger, offering them convenient scapegoats and a promise to restore Germany’s
former greatness. Mainstream parties proved
unable to handle the crisis while left-wing opposition was too
fragmented by internal squabbles. And so some of the frustrated public
flocked to the Nazis, increasing their parliamentary votes from
under 3% to over 18% in just two years. In 1932, Hitler ran for president, losing the election to decorated war hero
General von Hindenburg. But with 36% of the vote, Hitler had
demonstrated the extent of his support. The following year, advisors
and business leaders convinced Hindenburg to appoint Hitler
as Chancellor, hoping to channel his popularity
for their own goals. Though the Chancellor was only
the administrative head of parliament, Hitler steadily expanded the power
of his position. While his supporters formed
paramilitary groups and fought protestors in streets. Hitler raised fears
of a Communist uprising and argued that only he could restore
law and order. Then in 1933, a young worker was convicted of
setting fire to the parliament building. Hitler used the event to convince
the government to grant him emergency powers. Within a matter of months,
freedom of the press was abolished, other parties were disbanded, and anti-Jewish laws were passed. Many of Hitler’s early radical supporters
were arrested and executed, along with potential rivals, and when President Hindenburg died
in August 1934, it was clear there would be
no new election. Disturbingly, many of Hitler’s early
measures didn’t require mass repression. His speeches exploited
people’s fear and ire to drive their support behind him
and the Nazi party. Meanwhile, businessmen and intellectuals, wanting to be on the right side
of public opinion, endorsed Hitler. They assured themselves and each other that his more extreme rhetoric
was only for show. Decades later, Hitler’s rise remains
a warning of how fragile democratic institutions
can be in the face of angry crowds and a leader willing to feed their anger
and exploit their fears.

100 thoughts on “How did Hitler rise to power? – Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard”

  1. When you realized both World Wars were started by Austria but Germany took all the blames.
    You were my brother Austria

  2. Brazil need help!!!

    Our country is taking one more step towards totalitarianism every day.
    the opposition is called communist and anarchist, any and all disrespected and violently opposed opposition, the dismantled social welfare, dismantled universities, animals and the poor on arms policies, pro-hunting, pro-death …
    we are in an extreme polarized scenario:
    one side screams in hate, the other in despair, in the center a passive inert mass that pretends that nothing happens

  3. This sounds a heck of a lot like trump " A promise to restore Germany's former greatness" lets make Germany great again !!. "Anti-Jewish laws were passed " Like the ones tearing immigrant families apart…

  4. Not a nationalist party, the "National Socialist German Workers' Party". Let's remember where did all this hate begin, along with other genocides originated form Marxism.

  5. It's always amusing how far right figures invoke the fear of communism in order to get into power. Communism is a biggest threat to these people, no one wonders why.

  6. … why does this sound so familiar? A man who built his popularity up to being the main powerhouse of a democratic system by using people’s fear, anger and bigotry? Silencing those who spoke against him? Even having his peers try to play his extremist beliefs off as just an act?

  7. 5:01 "they assured themselves and eachother that Hitler's more extreme rhetoric was just for show, a spectacle"

    SOUND FAMILIAR? This is what supporters of a certain leader in the 21st century also keep thinking, UNTIL IT'S TOO LATE! A WARNING TO VOTERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY AS WELL!

  8. "how fragile democratic institutions can be in the face of angry crowds", I feel this sentence speaks to my country a lot. How the politic dramas keep happening here and there. Some has a way of calming 'the angry crowds' with money, even when they don't know what they are doing. Play of emotions, everyone?

  9. I'm German, your video is actually filled with propaganda. Judea declared war on Germany in 1933.
    The dislikes speak for themselves.

  10. Ahhhhh, I'm 22 seconds in, and you've already passed unilateral judgment and covered yourself, Ted. Ted, I'm disappointed, but not surprised. You haven't changed much.

  11. There are a lot of people misunderstanding communism in this comment section. The communist regimes people fear were actually all dictatorships, under the guise of promoting equality while continually placing themselves and others in an upper echelon above most of the population. That's more dictatorship than communism… It doesn't matter a politician's ideology; what matters is their tendencies to be dictator.

  12. The Story begins way before WWI….
    His Youth and relation to his father especially is really importent.
    After all Why would a normal austrian be a German nationalist.

  13. Американский историк и психиатр предположил и доказал что Гитлера в детстве насиловал сосед еврей. Гитлер с 9 лет неоднократно подвергался сексуальному насилию со стороны соседа Марка Гольдовича. Получается вся идеология фашизма основана на психической подавленности самого Адольфа Гитлера. Детская травма сыграла роль на историю всего человечества

  14. Narendra modi- the indian prime minister is the new tyrant and have the same ideology of nazis…
    Currently oppressing the innocent kashmiris..!
    Kashmiris are in a communication blockade and curfew for around 50 days now…!!!

  15. Even if the people are given power it turns into nothing but a witch hunt, look no further than the French Revolution. Even everyday normal people can be riled up into enraged monsters with enough mob support justifying their corrupted means and ends.

  16. One question that isn't asked is how did the Bolsheviks rise to power in Russia which resulted in tens of millions of people dying by execution and starvation? Who were these people?
    How come most people were never taught about the complete horror that they brought about.

  17. Well you should show this to Netanyahu and Trump supporters or equivalent ,… they are tyrants on the best way to replace Hitlers legacy

  18. How biased does this need to be? seriously? Give me the facts, not your left wing opinions on this matter. You create more hate with your ignorance. I'm left wing. Ive come for the facts. I can't watch this. So bias.

  19. I just can't help but see the similarities between between the 1930 Nazi's and today's left in America. Both are socialist. Both created a boogeyman to blame their troubles on ( Nazi's had the Jews, the left has white men).Both tell you people are being oppressed. Both have goon squads to beat down oppositions views ( Nazi's brown shirts, the left antifa). Both want to disarm the citizens. Suppress free speech and religion. Strike fear of the current government and control the media ( left has already done that). And they both will tell it's for the greater good. Beware.

  20. Propaganda video. They completely gloss over the state of society of the Weimar Republic, the Revolution of 1919, the child brothels, etc.

  21. This is what I wanted.Thank you for this super amazing documentary.keep going.keep achieving coz you guys deserve.

  22. "His words found residence within a society with many antisemitic people"
    "His manipulative public speaking launched him into its leadership"
    "While left wing opposition was too fragmented by internal scrabbles"

  23. Today we have Nationalists vs Globalists back then it was Nationalists vs International Communism – "History is written by the victors.

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