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The Nazi party should not become a constable of public opinion but must dominate it It must not become a servant of the masses but their master- Adolf Hitler This was the view from a man who under other circumstances would have made a brief appearance in the annals of history and then be forgotten forever Instead he became the dictator of an entire nation and then became the sole reason for the deaths of at least 6 million innocents As the head of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party Hitler was an ambitious man whose sole purpose was to become head of Germany However at the peak of his support he only had 44 of support in the Reichstag--never even a majority In fact the year before he took chancellorship the Nazi Party was experiencing a dramatic fall in the number of seats in the Reichstag The eternal question remains how did Hitler come to power if his party never even had majority support Hitlers appointment to chancellorship on January 30th of 1933 was the culmination of a series of events that led Hindenburg to appoint him chancellor--the effects of the economic depression his appeal to the people and to the Reichstag the growing power he was wielding through terror and the miscalculation and ineffective plotting of others The Great Depression because of the Wall Street Crash in October 1929 had a terrible effect on Weimar Germany--because of the horrible conditions Hitlers support gained momentum making him a viable contender in the eyes of those that mattered The German economy collapsed after the US withdrew its loans from the banks of Weimar Germany and soon unemployment was rampant In 1928 before the Depression unemployment levels were at 2 million people or 8 percent of the population However only 3 years after the advent of the Depression 1932 unemployment was at 6 million people or about 299 percent of the population This shows the rapid
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