"How was Hitler able to successfully capture the hearts and minds of the German people and achieve such great power?"

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Hitler's rise to power was one of circumstance and propaganda. He knew how to use certain situations to gain authority and seize the senses and emotions of the German people. Hitler made use of the Treaty of Versailles to stir the emotions of the Germans and broadcast his shared resentment towards the treaty. This successfully persuaded the Germans to support Hitler and his party. Hitler deeply benefited from the Great Depression as the Germans blamed their government for their hardship and turned to Hitler, who promised an end to their misfortune. Propaganda was used as a powerful persuasive tool by Hitler. He applied propaganda to Germany's everyday life, so the people could not escape from it. This consequently led to Hitler effectively grabbing the people's hearts and thoughts, convincing them to believe in his views.

The Treaty of Versailles inflicted the deepest wounds on Germany's people; Hitler effectively used this weakness to seize the emotions and consciousness of the Germans to achieve his great power.

The Treaty of Versailles, which Germany was forced to sign in 1919, left the Germans feeling bitter and outraged. Hitler made it clear to the Germans that he shared the same reaction. In Hitler's book Mien Kampf, which he wrote in 1924, states 'The peace treaty which Germany signed in 1919 is unfair. It must be canceled and the land which it took from Germany must be returned'. Hitler's shared views effectively stirred the emotions of the Germans, persuading them to support him and his party. The Germans were in great turmoil with their endurance of the treaty's consequences of hyperinflation and the great depression. Here, they were faced with a passionate political figure who shared their resentment towards the Treaty of Versailles. The Germans were desperate for a strong figurate leader to direct them...