WHY DID THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC COLLAPSE? (Nazis Strengths and successes…
WHY DID THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC COLLAPSE?
Nazis Strengths and successes
Popular and appealing policies
policies violently opposed communism - people were scared of communism
hatred towards communists
whole world in an economic crisis
Germany had borrowed a lot of money to pay reparations (dawes & young plan)
40% of industrial workers were unemployed
extreme situation = extreme solution
industrialists terrified of communists, poured money on the Nazis
unemployed people were promised work, freedom and bread
Weimar weaknesses and mistakes
extreme measures (epecially by bruning) were being accomplished under the protection of article 48
created weak and indecisive coalition governments
There were at least four fatal defects in the Weimar Constitution. All of them were used to destroy the Weimar Republic, but all of them could have been corrected.