The catastrophe that brought Hitler and Nazi Germany to power - EXPeditions

The catastrophe that brought Hitler and Nazi Germany to power

by Richard Evans
  • Key point 1
    After the Wall Street Crash, American banks withdrew their loans that had been propping up the German economy since the great hyperinflation of 1923 and the banks started crashing.
  • Key point 2
    The Nazis got 44% of the vote in the 1933 elections. However, with 8% for their nationalist coalition partners, they got over the hurdle of 50%.
  • Key point 3
    They pushed through the Enabling Act, which allowed Hitler and the cabinet to make laws without referring to parliament or to the president.
  • Key point 4
    Makeshift concentration camps were established, and up to 200,000 people were imprisoned for brief periods and released on condition of not taking part in politics.