The Rise Of Hitler
After the Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles was a big cause in the rise of Adolf Hitler. Germany didn't want to accept the treaty because they thought most of the terms were very unnecessarily harsh. The Allied Forces wanted revenge and they took it through the treaty. Germany had to obey the rules of the treaty. The German land to the west of the Rhine would be taken by the Allies for 15 years. This would make it easier for Germany to be invaded by their enemies. Germany lost a lot of territory and a lot of its military power. The economy of Germany was also starting to go downhill and get even worse. The Coalmines of Saar, which were a big industry for Germany, and the rest of the Saar district was taken away. Germany failed to pay full reparations to France, therefore were invaded and they took control of needed natural resources and industries. Inflation of Germany was also increasing and the German currency lost most of its value. Many people were then pushed into poverty and never trusted the Republic again. In 1929, the American Stock Exchange crashed and made the German economy go crazy. The government of Germany became really unstable and many reforms were wanted. The want of big reforms caused violence to occur and couldn't be controlled. Germany was very weak and vulnerable. Was this the perfect time for someone to come in a take over? Adolf Hitler had that idea in mind. He joined the German Workers Party and became a leader in no time. After a while the party became known as the Nazi Party. The Nazi Party started to get more popular. Adolf Hitler tried very hard to become popular. Hitler’s hatred of Jews was known and people were quick to blame the failure of Germany on someone. Hitler was charged with treason, but used this to become more well-known. He was offered a political office spot in coalition, but refused it. This position was not a position people took to get power. This was a position of shared power and Hitler did not want that. Hitler accepted a chancellorship in January 1933 that he had first rejected. In February in 1933, the Reichstag was burned down and the Communists were blamed. Because they were blamed, Hitler could expel them from parliament. After this, the Nazi Party had full control of Germany’s government, economy, army, and police force. Hitler had full power of Germany. He got just what he had been working towards. Some people may say it was all thanks to the Treaty of Versailles.