Nazi Party

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National Socialist German Workers' Party
Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei
Leader Anton Drexler (1920–1921)
Adolf Hitler (1921–1945)
Martin Bormann (1945)
Founder Anton Drexler
Founded 1920
Dissolved 1945
Preceded by German Workers' Party (DAP)
Succeeded by None (banned)
Ideologies continued with neo-Nazism
Headquarters Munich, Germany[1]
Newspaper Völkischer Beobachter
Youth wing Hitler Youth
Paramilitary wing Sturmabteilung (SA)
Membership Fewer than 60 in 1920
8.5 million by 1945
Ideology Nazism
Political position  • Far-right[2][3]
International affiliation None
Colors Black, white, red (Imperial Germany's colors); brown
Party flag
Flag of the NSDAP (1920–1945).svg
Politics of Germany
Political parties

The National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), also known as the Nazi Party, was a German political party. It was started in 1920 from the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (German Workers' party) (DAP),[4] which would later be renamed the NSDAP. On the day it was created, the party published its 25-point manifesto (book of ideas). The items in this list of ideas included getting rid of the Treaty of Versailles; gaining more land for the German people; taking away any income people had not earned by working; taking away Jewish people's citizenship; changing the education system; and setting up a strong central government.[4]

Until 1923, the NSDAP was most popular in Bavaria.

History[change | change source]

In 1919, Adolf Hitler joined the Nazi Party. He took control of the party in 1921.

In 1923, the Nazi Party tried to start a coup d'état in Munich to take over Germany, but failed. This battle was called the Beer Hall Putsch. Hitler was sentenced to five years in prison for treason. However, he was let out of prison after nine months. Other people who participated in the Beer Hall Putsch were given the death penalty. The government also made the NSDAP illegal in Germany.

While he was in prison, Adolf Hitler wrote most of Mein Kampf ("My Struggle"). In this book, he wrote down his political ideas and his future plans for Germany.

In 1924, Hitler was let out of prison early. He restarted the NSDAP. He wanted to gain power legally, through elections. At this time, the NSDAP was only one of a few extreme right-wing, nationalist political parties in Germany. There were many other parties with similar ideas then. Important people like Fritz Thyssen and Emil Kirdorf, both leaders of big industries, supported the Nazi Party.

The next elections to the Reichstag were held in 1928. In these elections, the Nazi Party won 2.6% of the vote. The party decided to decrease its anti-Semitic slogans in order to do better in the next election. Instead, the NSDAP focused more on foreign policy and on terrorising the German people. In local elections in 1929 and 1930, the NSDAP won about 10% of the vote.

In 1930, President Paul von Hindenburg dissolved the Reichstag. The Nazi Party saw this as an opportunity. In the elections on 14 September, 1930, the NSDAP won 18.3% of the vote, and had become the second biggest party in Germany.

At this time, most German people wanted to get rid of the Weimar Republic (the Weimarer Republik). Weimar was the German city where the German constitution was written after the First World War. People also wanted a stronger Germany, with more soldiers. The Treaty of Versailles had made it illegal for Germany to have some types of weapons and ships.

On January 30, 1933, Franz von Papen offered to make Adolf Hitler the Chancellor of Germany in a nationalist cabinet. He did this in secret. This was a Machtübergabe, or "transfer of power." However, later on, the NSDAP started to call it the Machtergreifung ("seizing power"). It was better for Nazi propaganda to say that they took power from the Weimar Republic, instead of being made the Republic's legal government.

The last free election in Weimar Germany was in March 1933. The Nazi Party won 44% of the vote. This was not the majority. Nevertheless, they managed to get the two-thirds majority they needed to pass the Ermächtigungsgesetz (Enabling Act). Based on this new law, they dissolved parliament; gave Hitler the power to do anything he wanted; and made all political parties (except the NSDAP) illegal.

After this, the NSDAP became very important. People had to be party members to get some jobs, or to get promoted. The NSDAP was busy until Germany surrendered to the Allies on 8 May 1945.

Impact[change | change source]

The NSDAP dissolved itself on 8 May 1945. After that, the NSDAP no longer existed.

They made some reforms which still exist today. For example:

But the Nazis did so many bad things that in Germany, it is illegal to display the swastika symbol (shown on the flag above) or use slogans such as Sieg Heil. In November 2010, a British member of the European Parliament, Godfrey Bloom, was forced to leave Parliament. This happened after he shouted the Nazi slogan "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer" at a German member of Parliament.[5]

Sayings, mottos, and slogans[change | change source]

NSDAP-Logo.svg
  • "Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil! Sieg Heil!"
    • "Hail Victory" (a common Nazi chant at rallies)
  • "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!"
    • "One people, one country, one leader!"[5]
  • "Deutschland, erwache!"
    • "Germany, Awake!" (A popular Nazi song by Dietrich Eckart. The Nazis put this slogan on many propaganda banners.)
  • "Die Juden sind unser Unglück!"
  • "Lang lebe unser ruhmvoller Führer!"
    • "Long live our glorious leader!"
  • "Heute Deutschland, morgen die Welt!"
    • "Today Germany, tomorrow the world!"
  • "Die Deutschen immer vor dem Ausländer und den Juden!"
    • "The German always before the foreigner and the Jews!"
  • "Sicher ist der Jude auch ein Mann, aber der Floh ist auch ein Tier"
    • "Certainly the Jew is also a man, but the flea is also an animal"
  • "Wir hassen die Juden und Ausländer"
    • "We hate the Jews and foreigners"

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rick Steves. Rick Steves' Snapshot Munich, Bavaria & Salzburg. Berkeley, California, USA; New York, New York, USA: Avalon Travel, 2010. p. 28. "Though the Nazis eventually gained power in Berlin, they remembered their roots, dubbing Munich "Capital of the Movement". The Nazi headquarters stood near today's obelisk on Brienner Strasse..."
  2. Davidson, Eugene. The Making of Adolf Hitler: The Birth and Rise of Nazism. University of Missouri Press. pp. 241. https://books.google.com/books?id=JagUZcri3s8C&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Making+of+Adolf+Hitler:+The+Birth+and+Rise+of+Nazism&hl=en&sa=X&ei=bYqMUtqAEYyg7AbL14C4AQ&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=241&f=false.
  3. Orlow, Dietrich. The Nazi Party 1919-1945: A Complete History. Enigma Books. pp. 29. https://books.google.com/books?id=9a9MRnxtdJgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Nazi+Party+1919-1945:+A+Complete+History&hl=en&sa=X&ei=momMUriAFumN7AawiIDwBg&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAA#v=snippet&q=far%20right&f=false.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The History Place - Rise of Hitler: Nazi Party is Formed". historyplace.com. http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/riseofhitler/party.htm. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Ukip MEP ejected for 'Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer' jibe". guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/24/ukip-mep-ejected-godfrey-bloom. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  6. "Global Politician - Soros, Europeans: Die Juden sind Unser Unglück!". globalpolitician.com. http://www.globalpolitician.com/24547-soro-europe-israel. Retrieved 29 December 2010.