How did Hitler's violation of the Treaty of Versailles help bring Germany out of the Great Depression?

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Hitler’s violation of the Versailles Treaty helped bring Germany out of its depression. It is not surprising that Germany turned to an authoritarian leader. The Weimar Republic was unable to resolve many of Germany’s problems. As a result, the people of Germany were looking for a change in government. This led to Hitler eventually gaining power.

Hitler wanted to avenge the harsh terms of the Versailles Treaty on Germany. He also wanted to end the economic issues facing Germany. He wanted to make Germany a strong and proud country again. To do this, he began to do things that violated the Versailles Treaty.

One thing he did was to begin to build up Germany’s military. Germany was allowed to only have a military that could protect Germany from attack. By building up the military, German workers would get jobs in factories that produced weapons and other military equipment. This helped to ease the effects of the depression in Germany.

Another thing he did was to use his military and enter restricted areas or invade other countries. This further increased the demand for military products. More workers were needed in the factories as well as in the military. Thus, by breaking some of the terms of the Versailles Treaty, Germany was able to recover from the deep depression it faced during part of the 1920s.

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