How did Hitler rise to power? – Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard

How did Hitler rise to power? – Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard


How did Adolf Hitler,
a tyrant who orchestrated one of the
largest genocides in human history,
rise to power in a democratic country?
The story begins at the end
of World War I.
With the successful
Allied advance in 1918,
Germany realized the war was unwinnable
and signed an armistice
ending the fighting.
As its imperial government collapsed,
civil unrest and worker strikes
spread across the nation.
Fearing a Communist revolution,
major parties joined
to suppress the uprisings,
establishing the parliamentary
Weimar Republic.
One of the new government’s first tasks
was implementing the peace treaty
imposed by the Allies.
In addition to losing over a tenth
of its territory and dismantling its army,
Germany had to accept full responsibility
for the war and pay reparations,
debilitating its already weakened economy.
All this was seen as a humiliation
by many nationalists and veterans.
They wrongly believed the war
could have been won
if the army hadn’t been betrayed
by politicians and protesters.
For Hitler, these views became obsession,
and his bigotry and paranoid delusions
led him to pin the blame on Jews.
His words found resonance in a society
with many anti-Semitic people.
By this time, hundreds
of thousands of Jews
had integrated into German society,
but many Germans continued to perceive
them as outsiders.
After World War I, Jewish success led
to ungrounded accusations
of subversion and war profiteering.
It can not be stressed enough that these
conspiracy theories
were born out of fear,
anger,
and bigotry,
not fact.
Nonetheless, Hitler found
success with them.
When he joined a small nationalist
political party,
his manipulative public speaking
launched him into its leadership
and drew increasingly larger crowds.
Combining anti-Semitism with
populist resentment,
the Nazis denounced both Communism
and Capitalism
as international Jewish conspiracies
to destroy Germany.
The Nazi party was not initially popular.
After they made an unsuccessful attempt
at overthrowing the government,
the party was banned,
and Hitler jailed for treason.
But upon his release about a year later,
he immediately began to rebuild
the movement.
And then, in 1929,
the Great Depression happened.
It led to American banks withdrawing
their loans from Germany,
and the already struggling German economy
collapsed overnight.
Hitler took advantage
of the people’s anger,
offering them convenient scapegoats
and a promise to restore Germany’s
former greatness.
Mainstream parties proved
unable to handle the crisis
while left-wing opposition was too
fragmented by internal squabbles.
And so some of the frustrated public
flocked to the Nazis,
increasing their parliamentary votes from
under 3% to over 18% in just two years.
In 1932, Hitler ran for president,
losing the election to decorated war hero
General von Hindenburg.
But with 36% of the vote, Hitler had
demonstrated the extent of his support.
The following year, advisors
and business leaders
convinced Hindenburg to appoint Hitler
as Chancellor,
hoping to channel his popularity
for their own goals.
Though the Chancellor was only
the administrative head of parliament,
Hitler steadily expanded the power
of his position.
While his supporters formed
paramilitary groups
and fought protestors in streets.
Hitler raised fears
of a Communist uprising
and argued that only he could restore
law and order.
Then in 1933,
a young worker was convicted of
setting fire to the parliament building.
Hitler used the event to convince
the government
to grant him emergency powers.
Within a matter of months,
freedom of the press was abolished,
other parties were disbanded,
and anti-Jewish laws were passed.
Many of Hitler’s early radical supporters
were arrested and executed,
along with potential rivals,
and when President Hindenburg died
in August 1934,
it was clear there would be
no new election.
Disturbingly, many of Hitler’s early
measures didn’t require mass repression.
His speeches exploited
people’s fear and ire
to drive their support behind him
and the Nazi party.
Meanwhile, businessmen and intellectuals,
wanting to be on the right side
of public opinion,
endorsed Hitler.
They assured themselves and each other
that his more extreme rhetoric
was only for show.
Decades later, Hitler’s rise remains
a warning
of how fragile democratic institutions
can be in the face of angry crowds
and a leader willing to feed their anger
and exploit their fears.

100 Comments on “How did Hitler rise to power? – Alex Gendler and Anthony Hazard”

  1. "Many of his followers believed his more outrageous rhetoric was just for show, it wouldn't really happen." If you substitute Latin American people for jews and add in a wall, this sounds way too familiar.

  2. Research the big lie and hopefully you'll come to the conclusion on your own that our governments to this day are still implementing this tactic. Segregation, demonization and fear.

  3. Nazis say, go ahead
    Research all the facts + details
    Jews say, do NOT research all the facts + details
    Do NOT question what you are told …you must believe what you are told
    And then deny Americans' Constitutional Right to Free Speech

    Why ?

    Couriosity is a Crime ?

  4. this is literally what happened in Indonesia in 1966
    emergency power,fear to the communism,and anti chinese propaganda

  5. This video is propaganda. Fact is all the revolutionary leaders in Germany were Jewish: Rosa Luxemburg, Karl Leignecht, Kurt Eisner, etc. It was the involvement of Jews with the Marxist movement that motivated the Nazis to make the Jewish community a target even though most German Jews were not involved in politics.

  6. It was easy to blame the Jews but he should've put all the blame on "the reds" cause these were the real ones to blame

  7. "the left was too fragmented by internal squabbles"
    This is the situation in America. This is the situation in Brazil, France, UK and EU. This is the situation in the world.
    The left always talks of protection but is too divided to take actions when the world most desperately needs them to.
    Mind you, I am a liberal.

  8. Its part of Human Nature to believe what one WANTS TO BELIEVE ! Plus people who have intelligence are far scarce. Having witnessed these 2019 Lok Sabha Elections I more than know how Hilter took power. While you all have read this in theory, I have witnessed this practically . . . .

  9. American banks/ Jewish owned! Quit a bit of missing information! Tell the whole story as it actually happened or it's a lie!

  10. A president who rose to power by exploiting people's fears and encouraging their anger towards minority groups as scapegoats? Hmmm, sounds familiar…

  11. Only one side of the story, huh? I sould have guessed, but given your reputation, I didn't think you would spread propaganda.

  12. love your videos ted-ed but that intro and music is so annoying. The music volume is out of sync and is slightly too loud towards the end of the intro tune

  13. Not enough mention of the role the military played in his rise to power. Without the support of the military, he never would have had the power he did.

  14. Partially wrong already He was mad because Jewish banks pulled out of the German war economy at the end of WW1

  15. It would be interesting to analyze this piece and count the lies and distortions. Then line those up against the truths. The process would also benefit by exploring the source creators of this piece. Cui Bono.

  16. All wars are totally in the interest of the globalists. in all wars they are fighting on both sides… are supporting on both sides. They cannot lose. And they win in the resulting consolidation. Iterative secession. Make it infinitely more difficult for them to bring the world together to fight.

  17. I wish people were more aware of the history of the 1st half of last century so they could see the obvious parallels with the rise of populist demagogues happening today. The outcomes are not good.

  18. Beware now bc Media is now doing the same thing. The media is promoting fear and manipulating viewers to anger. Someone is behind all this.

  19. Unfortunately, recently I've seen as many comments and videos about burning Muslims in USA that make wonder are they in rise again, and if so, this time they will go after JEWS and Muslims. now who still believes that we are progressing?

  20. "Fear, anger and bigotry…. restore previous greatness…. expanded his power… said only he could fix it… a leader willing to fuel anger and exploit fears." Hmmmm….

  21. I think the same thing is happening in Europe. You know… angry crowds and extreme right-wing parties on the rise who are blaming immigrants…

  22. germany didnt loose ww1 the politicians gave up… there was no allied advance they had the french army by the throat..

  23. If Hilter were come back to life he should watch how to beast as he hated jews because he was afraid to approach a Jewish girl

  24. In 2030 this same video will be titled "How did Trump rise to power?' Well, with the same scapegoating and fear-mongering tactics. I said what I said.

  25. You know this video tells the truth, because its so heavily promoted, and every video that contradicts it is either deleted or in some other way suppressed.

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