The Nazis became Germany’s largest party by 1932 due to their excellent use of propaganda. How far do you agree with this view?
Nazi propaganda was very successful due to two main reasons; it was simple and direct, and it appealed to the majority of Germans. Unlike the other parties, the Nazi’s didn’t appeal to just one type of political group. One of the clearest signs of this is in their name, the Nationalist Socialist German Worker’s Party, appealing to the spectrum of political opinions. Many political parties fail at this because it is quite difficult to please everyone as many of the policies clash, but due to certain events, the Nazis succeeded in this.
Their propaganda was important, especially during the Great Depression, when the German people were eager to listen to anyone who showed they could bring prosperity back to their nation. Propaganda included media devices such as cinema and theatre, as well as posters and street slogans to ensure people were aware of Adolf Hitler’s message that he was able to restore Germany to the world power they once were. Nazi propaganda was lead by Josef Goebbels.
However, there were many other factors that contributed to the Nazi party domination in the Reichstag. Between 1924 and 1929, the Nazi party was losing votes, from a miserable 7% in 1924 to a pathetic 2.6% in 1928. The main reasons for this were that Germany was engaging in a period of prosperity, economically, politically and socially. American banks were loaning millions of dollars into German businesses to manufacture some of the best products of the era, rapidly growing Germany’s economy. The Weimar government seemed to be working and problems were minimal, until the stock market crash of 1929. The US economy went into one of the biggest downfalls ever to be seen, and the banks were asking for their money that they had loaned to Germany back. This led to...