Rise To Power

Once the Great Depression hit Germany in 1930, a bright political turning point came to Hitler.

“The Reichstag‘s initial opposition to Brüning’s measures led to premature elections in September 1930. The republican parties lost their majority and their ability to resume the grand coalition, while the Nazis suddenly rose from relative obscurity to win 18.3% of the vote along with 107 seats. In the process, they jumped from the ninth-smallest party in the chamber to the second largest.”

Below is a chart that outlines the votes and percentages during and after Hitler’s actions.

Nazi Party Election Results:
Date Votes Percentage Seats in Reichstag Background
May 1924 1,918,300 6.5 32 Hitler in prison
December 1924 907,300 3.0 14 Hitler is released from prison
May 1928 810,100 2.6 12 – –
September 1930 6,409,600 18.3 107 After the financial crisis
July 1932 13,745,800 37.4 230 After Hitler was candidate for presidency
November 1932 11,737,000 33.1 196 – –
March 1933 17,277,000 43.9 288 During Hitler’s term as Chancellor of Germany


Attached in a video below is Hitler addressing his supporters. English subtitles are provided.