How did the Nazis gain support?

3.6d USHMM 24486 members SA campaigning for Nazi party, on voting ballot' List 10' 1932.jpg
Brownshirts campaigning for Nazi party during an election in 1932. The placards they are carrying are asking people to vote for list 10; the NSDAP Party candidates.
© 2012 United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Hitler left Landsberg Prison in December 1924, having served only nine months of his sentence for treason. While Hitler was in prison, life in Germany began to improve. The economic situation had eased, and people were less desperate for extreme solutions.

In the Reichstag elections of December 1924, the Nazis won only three per cent of the vote, while the Social Democratic Party (SPD) won 26 per cent.

In February 1925 Hitler told the NSDAP that, instead of using force, they would stand for election and campaign for votes. Initially, this was not very successful. In 1928 the NSDAP got only 2.6 per cent of the vote, gaining 12 seats in the Reichstag. Despite this, the Nazis were attracting major support and were well organised. They numbers reached more than 100,000 members throughout Germany.