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

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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.

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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.

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