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I believe that German fascism gained mass appeal because of the political and economic crises. I believe this for a variety of reasons such as the inflation that crippled the Germans, and the Great Depression that crushed them. If the following events did not occur I truly believe the Nazis would have remained clowns.
The treaty for many Germans was extremely unfair, which is evident in a few of its main points”6,600 million euro debt, 100million per year for 66 years”. Demilitarization limited the German army to 100,000 men , loss of overseas colonies and parts of Germany that favoured industrial activities. All of these points utterly destroyed Germany. The demilitarization meant a huge increase in unemployment, the loss of land and colonies meant less goods, less people, and the gargantuan debt which could not be payed, this all lead to hyperinflation. Germany was unable to pay the enormous debt, and Germany already had a large amount of debt thanks to Kaiser Wilhelm 2 (war bonds) Because of this Germany began printing money, this decreased the value and caused a massive inflation. Before the war July 1914 Germanys currency was 4 marks to the us dollar after 1918 July it was 40, the next year double, the year after that 500, the year after 350,000 by November 1923 it was 4,000,000,000,000 marks to the dollar. Money was all but worthless, people no longer wanted or used it, instead using possessions such as baskets which worked as a sort of trade or exchange. Many people who had money in the bank became broke almost instantly. People were starving they had no money to cloth themselves. The world of Germany had become a living hell for the people and those who suffer seek leaders. A man by the name of Robert Lansing said “ the terms of peace appear immeasurably harsh and humiliating, while many of them seem to be impossible of performance” Germany suffered and...

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