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The ambition to unite Germany under ein Volk ein Reich one people one empire was the primary goal of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party from the beginning of World War I to the end of World War II This was not however a simple goal to achieve Like most of Hitlers speeches his road to power similarly began slowly and quietly His speeches and rise of power were both carefully planned and the mass hysteria at the end of each was also planned and instrumental Hitler did not instantly gain power in Germany by becoming Chancellor he gained consolidation of power in Germany by using energy by utilizing propaganda and by succumbing to the immediate material interests and difficulties of the German society After World War I the guilt clause in the Treaty of Versailles caused Germany to lose not only territory and money but German pride as well Weimar government members had to bear the disgrace of signing the treaty This in Hitlers view was humiliating Germany Moreover he and the German army denied being defeated in the war and blamed the loss on cowardly politicians The treaty restricted the size of the German army and forbid Germany to join together with Austria Adding to Germanys already vast economic problems the country had to pay financial reparations for the war Hence the Treaty of Versailles fueled nationalist propaganda and played a major role in collapsing the Weimar Republic in the early 1930s Besides the Treaty of Versailles several other factors affected the Weimar Republic Parties in the Weimar Republic were closely aimed at specific socioeconomic interest groups For example the Social Democrats SPD were concerned with representing the working class and the German Peoples Party DVP was interested in big business The inability of the government to work together led to a period of presidential rule Also continuous economic and financial difficulty weakened the Weimar Republic after the World War I Germans
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