How did the Nazis gain support?

German soldiers march through Berlin after their defeat in 1918

The First World War left Germany in ruins. People were very upset that Germany had lost the war and needed someone to blame for the defeat. As a result, there was much violence across the country in the years after the war.

Many blamed the politicians who had negotiated the peace. Many wanted strong leadership. Others merely wanted a solution to Germany's economic, political and social problems.

The Nazis gained a great deal from Germany’s economic and political difficulties. In this section you will learn how the Nazis used Germany’s problems to help them come to prominence.

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