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How fortunate for leaders that men do not think - Adolf Hitler These words not necessarily of wisdom come from the mouth of one of the most talked-about figures in history Hitler proved to be one of the most influential leaders in modern times amassing a gathering of thousands of Nazis who carried out his orders without question resulting in the torture and persecution of millions Historians often question how Hitler gained so much power without successful opposition and the answer lies in his gradual path to authority Hitler first entered the public eye as the chairman of the German Workers Party renamed the Nationalist Socialist German Workers colloquially known as the Nazis From 1923 the number of members of the Nazis rose from 6000 to 55000 Certain conditions in Weimar Germany at the time accounted for this dramatic rise in membership namely the political instability of the country the economic collapse the anti-Semitic views of the people and the Munich Putsch all significant catalysts for the staggering increase in Nazi membership The political instability at the time was a tremendous advantage for Hitlers party being one of the main reasons for the swell in his ranks Mainly there were huge flaws in the coalition government in part because of the discord in the left wing After the formation of the Weimar Republic five or six major parties had survived from the imperial period and a coalition government was decided upon However the parties refused to cooperate with one another and this was exacerbated by the presence of both extremist left and right wing parties The SPD the largest party on the left faced conflict with the Communist party If the SPD were to coalesce with the central parties many of their working-class voters would defect to the Communist Party as they would not be pleased with the compromise of the SPDs values due to the liaison This resulted in conflict within the left facilitating
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