Hitler’s Rise To Power Essay
President Hindenburg appointed Hitler Chancellor of Germany on January 30th 1933, having successfully campaigned to make the Nazis the most popular party. He had been legally elected and chosen to form a government. Why was he able to capture the hearts and minds of the German people in his rise to power? In this essay, I will explore whether Hitler;s image accounted for his appointment to the top job or whether there were other reasons.
Hitler used his image to look powerful. He had a loud, harsh, monotonous, dulcet voice. When the people of Germany heard this voice they felt commanded, as if he was someone who was angry about the state of their country but could do something about it. His voice made him sound like someone who had a great deal of power. Not only did his voice help him appear powerful, but even his clothes, haircut, facial expressions, logos, and mannerisms played a part, too. He wore very military clothes, like a uniform, nothing rich, no bright colours. I think that made him very appealing to the lower classes, for it was as if he was one of them, as if he did not come from a very upper class background. It made him seem more worthy to be a leader if he had experienced the poverty that most of Germany was going through. His haircut also followed through with the idea that he had a poor and military background. A simple style made millions follow him. He used fierce facial expressions, which gave people hope that he could be the saviour and leader that Germany had been longing for. Hitler had memorable logos, the main one being the swastika. The symbol itself actually derives from Paganism, but, when interpreted from its peaceful meaning by the Nazis, Pagans shortly abandoned it. The swastika was used on banners, uniforms, and posters… in fact, anywhere that they could think of displaying it. It helped to spread awareness of the Nazis, and when wearing an armband with the logo on it, people fe