Hitlers Rise To Power
THE TRUTH ABOUT HITLER’S RISE TO POWER
The rise to power of Adolf Hitler was not just some fluke of history, as many would have you believe. It was all part of a conspiracy planned out in advance by heads of multi national corporations, international bankers, and globalist politicians. The same forces that are behind the worldwide chaos we are witnessing now, were behind the rise of Hitler, and were directly responsible for World War II.
The Treaty of Versailles was one of the most important causes that led to Hitler’s rise in Germany. From the German point of view the treaty was incredibly harsh and devastating for Germany. The leaders of the allies drew up this treaty to purposely revenge and weaken Germany. The treaty contained five major points that would be Germany’s demise. The first part was to revenge and weaken Germany. Many rules were laid down to Germany, which they had to obey. The German territory to the west of the Rhine would be occupied by allied troops for 15 years. The Germans did not like this because they did not want enemy troops in their own country. Even though the war was over they still hated the allies. Germany was not allowed to put any defences or troops on the east bank of the Rhine. This made Germany feel weak and vulnerable to invasion.
They also hated the thought of a foreign president telling them what to do. Germany had to agree never to combine with Austria again. They had to strictly respect the independence of Austria. This was hard for both countries to accept as they both thought of each other as the same people. They didn’t like to be stopped from working together. As well as respecting Austria’s independence, Germany had to respect Poland’s. Along with this, land was given to Poland from Germany, which Germany could never take back. Germany also lost her rights for trading overseas with places like, China. Along with this, Germany lost all her military power. By March 31st 1920, the German army consisted of only 7 divisions of infantry and 3 of cavalry. This meant that the army was cut to just 100,000 men and the navy just 15, 000 men and 36 ships.
There were to be absolutely no Airforce or submarines. All this humiliation made the country feel weak. The country also had a huge problem in dealing with the large population of unemployed soldiers. The country’s economic status was about to become even worse as the Coalmines of Saar were given to France. The Saar Coalmines made a lot of money, and were very profitable to Germany. A big industry had been taken away from Germany. The rest of the Saar district was also taken away from Germany and was handed over to the League of Nations. At the end of 15 years it was to be decided by democracy, which government the people of Saar wanted to be placed under, France or Germany. The people of Saar disliked this settlement very much as most of them were Germans, who obviously didn’t want to be ruled by the allies for 15 years.
The most embarrassing part of the treaty for Germany was “The War Guilt Clause.” This clause stated that Germany accepted all the blame for the war, including the starting of it. Germany felt this wasn’t true. They felt that they hadn’t started the war and that this clause was unnecessary. Even so, Germany had to accept this, or run the risk of starting the war all over again, which they would inevitably lose. The second part of the treaty was the matter of reparations. The total compensation of the damage caused by Germany in the war came to a staggering £6.6 billion. Germany felt this was far too much. It caused tremendous economic problems in Germany. The German people were starving and living in poverty. The other three parts of the treaty were irrelevant to Germany, and only gave rewards to the allies (land) and “self determination” to small countries in Europe.
So how did all of this promote Hitler into becoming the Fuhrer of Germany? First of all, Hitler had very strong views on the treaty. Even though he was Austrian, he loved Germany more than anything. Hitler hated the Treaty of Versailles and he often referred to the people who signed it as “November criminals” because the war had ended in November. He stirred up the German people by reminding them of parts of the treaty that they would not like and he promised that if he was elected he would refuse to abide by many terms in the treaty, such as the reparations, military restrictions, and the land which was “stolen” away from Germany. He knew that people in Germany felt bad from the depression, and so the majority of the population blamed their problems on the treaty, this caused many to turn towards Hitler, because he had been against the treaty right from the start.
After becoming the leader of the Nazi party, he set his sights on overall power of Germany. He had very strong views on Germany being the Master race and thought that Germany was far superior to any other country. Hitler wanted Germany to stand up and be strong once more. He planned to do this by having a Third Reich. He said that Germany needed to reach out to all the German people in whatever country. He wanted to join up with Poland, the Sudetenland and Austria. If these three countries wouldn’t agree to join with Hitler and Germany, Hitler would almost certainly invade and conquer them anyway. Hitler knew that this would be breaking the treaty, but he didn’t care. He needed all the support he could get.
During 1921 to 1923, the Nazi party grew as quite a lot of Germans agreed with Hitler’s beliefs. Next on Hitler’s list were the reparations that Germany were paying. This was causing massive economic problems in Germany. Unemployment was soaring, and money began to lose its value. Hitler promised that if he was elected he would get rid of unemployment in Germany. He said that Germany had to stop handing over money to enemy nations. By doing this he was breaking the treaty yet again. Another problem was the military restrictions. The German army was unable to protect itself due to its small size and small budget. After 1923 the Nazi party hardly grew for the next 6 years, yet the Treaty of Versailles was still in force. This was thanks to the Treaty of Locarno and the Kellog pact, which brought peace throughout Europe. There simply was no need for a Nazi party in Germany when problems were beginning to sort out themselves. Although, you could say that the Treaty of Versailles did not have a long term affect on German politics, it was essential in getting the Nazi party going. What else was important, was Hitler’s determination to make sure that his party never gave in. It was without doubt that if there was no anger to fuel Hitler, in this case the Treaty of Versailles, he would never have come to power.