The trauma of World War I, hardships of the Great Depression and the strict penalties imposed by the Treaty of Versailles left a growing sense of resentment and unrest in Germany. This unrest provided Hitler and Nazism with the opportunity to rise to power and ultimately lead the world to World War II and the deaths of millions of people. Read through the resources below to learn more about Hitler's rise to power.
Richard J Evans, a leading historian on Nazi Germany, explains why Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party were able to cement control over Germany in 1933. An accompanying podcast is also included with the article.
Noakes examines the transformation of Hitler from drifter and failed artist to political leader.
Ten years before Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany, he tried to take power by force during the Beer Hall Putsch. On the night of November 8, 1923, Hitler and some of his Nazi confederates stormed into a Munich beer hall and attempted to force the triumvirate, the three men that governed Bavaria, to join him in a national revolution. The men of the triumvirate initially agreed since they were being held at gunpoint, but then denounced the coup as soon as they were allowed to leave. Hitler was arrested three days later and, after a short trial, was sentenced to five years in prison, where he wrote his infamous book, Mein Kampf. Read this article to learn more.
Twenty-five points of the program of the German Workers' Party.
Dick Geary on the voting patterns of the German people in the crucial years that brought Hitler to power.
Read this article to learn how Hitler managed to gain power in Germany through coalition government.
A biography of Hitler's life, with a section dedicated to the rise of Nazism.
Full text of 'Mein Kampf', written by Hitler while in prison.
Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany in 1933 following a series of electoral victories by the Nazi Party. He ruled absolutely until his death by suicide in April 1945. Read through this article to learn how he came to power.
The Nazi propaganda machine exploited ordinary Germans by encouraging them to be co-producers of a false reality. Read through this article to learn more about how Hitler rose to power.
In the nine years between 1924 and 1933 the Nazi Party transformed from a small, violent, revolutionary party to the largest elected party in the Reichstag. This website explains how Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power.
The Nazis crushed opposition through legal moves, fear and intimidation. Propaganda and social control kept the population in line. Popular economic and foreign policies encouraged widespread support. Read through this website to learn more.
The moment Hitler was appointed the chancellor of Germany, the Nazis got the chance to put an end to any kind of opposition. Hitler issued decrees which ended all civil rights that were guaranteed by the Weimar constitution. Read through this website to learn more.
On March 12, 1938, German troops entered Austria, and one day later, Austria was incorporated into Germany. This union, known as the Anschluss, received the enthusiastic support of most of the Austrian population and was retroactively approved via a plebiscite in April 1938.Read through this website to learn more.
Anschluss refers to the annexation of Austria in 1938. Read through this website to learn more.
This website takes an in-depth look at Germany's annexation of Austria prior to World War II.
On January 30, 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany by German President Paul von Hindenburg. Hitler was the leader of the Nazi Party. The full name of the Nazi Party was the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. Its members were often called Nazis. The Nazis were radically right-wing, antisemitic, anticommunist, and antidemocratic. Read through this website to learn more about how Hitler rose to power.
Scholars Wendy Lower, Peter Hayes, Michael Berenbaum, Jonathan Petropoulos, and Deborah Dwork describe how Adolf Hitler became a powerful political figure in Weimar Germany in the aftermath of World War I.
The image of Hitler as a meddler in military operations is powerful and persistent. He was also stubborn, distrusted his generals and relied too much on his own instinct. Geoffrey Megargee examines the Führer's shortcomings as a military leader.