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Success of nazism

Factors which promoted the success of Nazism

An important question about National Socialism is that of which factors promoted its success, not only in Germany, but also in other European countries (in the 1930s and early 1940s Nazi-type movements could be found in Sweden, Britain, Italy, Spain and even in the US) in the twenties and thirties of the last century? These factors may have included:

  • Economic devastation all over Europe after WWI
  • Lack of orientation of many people after the breakdown of monarchy in many European countries.
  • A perception that there was a disproportionate number of Jews in the German bourgeoisie (or upper class).
  • Perceived Jewish involvement in WWI of war profiteering
  • Appeal of socialism or socialist rhetoric to the German working class
  • Humiliation of Germany at the Treaty of Versailles
  • Rejection of Communism (particularly redistribution of wealth ) and the perception that socialism and Communism were Jewish-inspired and Jewish -led movements; hence the Nazi use of the term Judeo-Bolshevik
  • Hatred of the Jews