By 1932 unemployment reached over six million. People all over Germany were desperate for money with which to feed, clothe and house their families.
Consequently, it is estimated that German unemployment affected over 20 million people.
Many people were evicted because they were unable to pay rent. They were made homeless. Those who were in work, endured low wages and poor conditions.
The middle classes also lost their savings as money became worthless.
The severe economic and social difficulties soon led to increased political problems across Germany. Extremist political parties used the situation to gain support.