Hitler - growth of nazi partyWatch
òHitler ensured maximum publicity forhis party and membership grew from about 1100 in June 1920 to about 55,000 inNovember 1923.
òHis speeches had the usual anti-Weimar criticism, but also contained references to the purity of theGerman (or Aryan) race and vitriolic comments about Jews.
òARYAN: Nazi term for non-Jewish German,someone of supposedly ‘pure’ German stock.
òFor Hitler and his followers, TheJews were becoming scapegoat for all Germany’s problems.
òEven though at this point the NaziParty was essentially a regional organisation with its main support in Bavaria– did not stop Hitler having national political aims.
òWhen the economic & politicalcrisis of 1923 hit Germany, Hitler decided that the Nazi Party was in aposition to overthrow the regional government in Munich and could then march onBerlin.
òHitler detested the Weimar Republic.
òFollowing the invasion of the Ruhrby the French and the onset of hyperinflation, he felt that the Weimar was sodisgraced it could easily be toppled.
òAs the Nazi Party had grown instrength and popularity in Munich and Bavaria, Hitler decided that his 1st step would be to seize control ofBavaria & then march on Berlin.