How did the Nazi Party become a national organisation?

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A series of Nazi organisations were created including:

  • The Hitler Youth
  • The Nazi Teacher’s Association
  • The Union of Nazi lawyers
  • The Order of German Women

The party, under Josef Goebbels, who later became Reichs Minister of Culture, made effective use of technology and propaganda, and brilliantly developed the cult of the Fuhrer.

During his time in prison, Hitler realised that he could not seize power by force; he sought to build a party that would gain power by democratic means.

The SS, Hitler’s personal bodyguard, was established in 1925. Initially a small group of fiercely loyal supporters, the SS would later become the lifeblood of the Nazi regime within Germany and Nazi occupied Europe.

A new party structure was created in which the whole of Germany was divided into regions (Gaue). The control of each region was to be placed in the hands of a Gauleiter, who would create district and local Nazi party groups.

Local Nazi parties began to run evening classes in order to train their members in public speaking. Public meetings were held, with visiting speakers to encourage more people to become supporters or members of the party.

By 1928 the party could boast over 100,000 members.

Funds were raised from local Nazi Party members, wealthy conservative nationalists’ donations and payments to attend meetings.