Racist Theories Aid Nazi Rise to Political Power (Chronology of European History)
Article abstract: Racist theories aid the Nazi rise to political power as the incorporation of several popular ideas concerning human racial types and human evolution into its political ideology contributes significantly to the party’s political triumph in 1933.
Summary of Event
In the German parliamentary elections of March, 1933, the Nationelsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers’ Party, NSDAP, or Nazis for short) attracted slightly more than 44 percent of the total vote. The Nazi leader, or führer, Adolf Hitler, immediately formed a coalition government with another nationalist party, giving his movement a slim majority in the German Reichstag (parliament). Hitler then proceeded to establish a totalitarian dictatorship which attempted to make every aspect of German society conform to his own peculiar ideology.
Many historians have pointed out the importance of the racism of Hitler’s program as a major element in the endorsement of his movement by many German voters at the polls in 1933. Once the Nazis were in power, racism formed a major component of their reorganization of German society. Hitler, his chief propagandist, Joseph...
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