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What was Hitler's party called? What did he promise the German people?

Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) promised to bring economic stability and prosperity to Germany. He created the vision of the true, perfect German or the "Aryan" race, which he promised to protect from the threats posed by Jews and other minority groups. His promises to the German people were founded primarily on bringing economic and political stability as well as personal safety to Germans.

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Hitler was the leader of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, or the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei in German.

The party had its origins in the dissatisfaction and fallout of the First World War. Germany lost the First World War and was forced to make war reparations (payments in terms of damages they caused during the war) to various countries. Germany also had to make certain concessions and fulfill certain requirements under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles (the peace treaty signed after the First World War).

This placed Germany in a difficult economic and political position. Shortly after the end of the First World War, the world experienced the Great Depression. The stock market crash in the United States in 1929 had a sharp impact on Germany, which was indebted to the United States. The loans Germany had made with the United States became due and as a result Germany sank into an economic depression. This caused a steep increase in unemployment and poverty. Hitler capitalized on this economic and political instability in Germany.

Hitler and the Nazi party made use of propaganda to popularize their views and garner support from the German people. The propaganda targeted the German people’s fear which was caused by the economic and political instability in the country. It aimed to provide the German people with scapegoats to blame for their current suffering. This tactic unifies one group in opposition to perceived threats from another group. The Nazi propaganda, driven primarily by Joseph Goebbels, created in Hitler the image of a powerful leader who would save the German people from their suffering.

Hitler was portrayed as the savior of the Germans as he promised to bring order and prosperity back to Germany. To do this, he promised to eliminate those who threatened the German people. He identified these threats based on his own racist ideologies. Hitler and the Nazi propaganda machine targeted Jews, Communists, homosexuals, the disabled, and other minority groups. These groups were portrayed as threats to the true Germans and to Germany as a whole. Hitler promised the Germans that by eliminating these evil opposition groups and conquering Europe, he would restore Germany to the powerful, wealthy nation it once was.

Hitler also popularized the image of the perfect German race, or the "Aryan" race. He promised to protect the true Germans and eliminate all threats posed to this race by the Jews and other minority groups who he deemed to be substandard.

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