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NAZISM The National Socialist German Workers Party almost died one morning in 1919 It numbered only a few dozen grumblers it had no organization and no political ideas But many among the middle class admired the Nazis muscular opposition to the Social Democrats And the Nazis themes of patriotism and militarism drew highly emotional responses from people who could not forget Germanys prewar imperial grandeur In the national elections of September 1930 the Nazis garnered nearly 65 million votes and became second only to the Social Democrats as the most popular party in Germany In Northeim where in 1928 Nazi candidates had received 123 votes they now polled 1742 a respectable 28 percent of the total The nationwide success drew even faster in just three years party membership would rise from about 100000 to almost a million and the number of local branches would increase tenfold The new members included working-class people farmers and middle-class professionals They were both better educated and younger then the Old Fighters who had been the backbone of the party during its first decade The Nazis now presented themselves as the party of the young the strong and the pure in opposition to an establishment populated by the elderly the weak and the dissolute Hitler was born in a small town in Austria in 1889 As a young boy he showed little ambition After dropping out of high school he moved to Vienna to study art but he was denied the chance to join Vienna academy of fine arts When WWI broke out Hitler joined Kaiser Wilhelmers army as a Corporal He was not a person of great importance He was a creature of a Germany created by WWI and his behavior was shaped by that war and its consequences He had emerged from Austria with many prejudices including a powerful prejudice against Jews Again
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