How and when did Hitler gain power and what was the Third Reich?

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thetall eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Adolf Hitler’s ascension to power began in September 1919 when He joined the Deutsche Arbeierpartei, later known as the Nazi party. This party was developed during after the First World War. It was opposed to the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles, regarding the two as weak and degrading respectively. The party advocated for a heightened sense of nationalism and antisemitism among the German population.

The Third Reich was the Nazi administration that ascended to power from 1933 to 1945, under Hitler’s leadership. Its development led to the onset of a violent dictatorship accompanied by citizen disappearance and crimes against humanity. Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933. He was appointed by President Paul Von Hindenburg. His appointment was strategically made by the government because of the growing popularity of Hitler’s Nazi Party. Hitler became president in 1934 after the death of Paul Von Hindenburg.  The Third Reich officially took over, ending democracy in Germany and perpetrating crimes against humanity through events such as the holocaust. The Third Reich ended with German surrender to the Allies during the Second World War.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Hitler came to power in 1933 when he was appointed as Chancellor of Germany (something like a Prime Minister in Great Britain).  He was appointed by Paul von Hindenburg, the President of Germany at the time.  Hindenburg appointed him because Hitler's Nazi Party had been becoming more popular and it was thought Hitler could help bring support for the government.

The Third Reich is what the Nazis called Germany during their rule.  "Reich" means something like "empire" or "nation" or "kingdom."  The Nazis felt that their regime was the third true German nation or empire in history.

skiden | Student

Adolf Hitler gained power in 1933 after trade unionist groups that had a significant influence on German politics were attempting to take over control of the government. The Nazis had been winning a series of elections in the run-up to Hitler's appointment in 1933, and most of them assumed they would be able to control Hitler once he was Chancellor.

Hitler proceeded to cement control of his power by amending German laws to allow the country to be a totalitarian state. The death of President von Hindenburg shortly after Hitler became Chancellor marked an intriguing point in German history. By a plebiscite that was approved by 9 out of every 10 German voters, the decision was made to merge the Chancellor's office with that of the President. This made Adolf Hitler assume total control of the country by 1934.

The Third Reich is the term used to define the nation-state that succeeded the Weimar Republic in Germany. The Nazis used the term to refer to Germany as a country, with the term directly referring to Germany as the third German empire. The First Reich was the medieval Holy Roman Empire and the Second Reich was the German Empire from 1871-1918.

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parama9000 | Student

He came to power in 1933, and this was due to his popularity among the masses.