Describe and explain the electoral fortress if the NSDAP between 1924 and1928In 1928, Germany had an election the NSDAP (the Nazi party) did poorly.They had 810,000 votes out of 40 million voters. That is only 2.
6 per centof all the votes, which gave them 12 seats in parliament. They did so badlythat people did not see Hitler as a threat no more. Therefore, they liftedthe ban on him, now he could give speeches wherever he likes. The resultwas a surprise to all the other political parties as well as Hitlerhimself, because he had spent four year changing the party and its image.
In 1924, Hitler was realised from prison after serving 4 years imprisonmentin Lansbach Castle.1924 Hitler promised that he would not start any putsch,other wise the ban on the NSDAP would be lifted. Hitler realised, if wantedpower then he has to follow the democratic method. Even though he hateddemocracy, and it would take much longer then a revolution, he knows he hadno other choice; this method was called the path of Legality. The path ofLegality is not the path that he wanted to go down but he knew that if hetried to start a putsch again then he would be sent to prison for life,this time around. Moreover, he could not take that risk; Hitler would makethe same mistake two times in a row. Now Hitler was beginning to seehimself as a leader too, because he had a lot of time to think through allthe mistakes he has made and to improve the party further, while he was inprison.
Hitler was not allowed to make public speeches in some cities, even thoughNSDAP is once again a legal party, because Hitler had such strong influenceon people with his oratorical skills.While Hitler was in prison, the NSDAP started to fight and split in tosmaller branches. Therefore, he had to join them together and show them whothe leader is. Hitler realised, for them to win a place in government hehas to change the whole image of the party. The Nazi party is not a smalllocal party any more; it is going to become a national party, so they hadto have members of their party all across the country.
Hitler made networkof parties, each party was in their own Gaue, and it was led by aGauleriter, then the Gaue was sub-divided further into Kreis, which werelead, by Kreislriter. Germany was divided into 35 Gaue and its boards werevery clear and organised. Before, it was very difficult to separate eachregion because it was so unorganised. Each of the regions main aim were to,focus on propaganda, speeches, giving out leaflets; they also raised fundsfor the party to run, nd they were supporting their candidate standing infor election.The Nazi members would try to get very important people in a community tojoin their party, so that people who admire these people would becomemembers of the party too.
They got a lot of member in that way.Hitler also realised that a lot of the party are trying to attract theworking classes vote, so it would be very difficult to gain all muchsupport from them. So they have to look at different classes like themittlestand, they are usually the worst hit when anything goes wrong andthere is not that many parties for them too chose from. Therefore, themittlestand became one of the Nazi’s targets and potential voters. The Nazihas also targeted the Farmers because they were going through a rough timeand they want support from the government. The party would say one thing tothe Mittlestand and another to the farmers, it did not really mater what issaid as long as the Nazi’s get in to power, they are only saying all ofthis to get the votes, they have no intention of for filling any of thepolices that they have told these people.
However, the downfall of the party is, Hitler have given each region a lotof independence. Therefore, they can do what ever they want in their regionas long as they are campaigning for the party. So different regions seemedto have slightly different policies to another, or have diverse strategiseof campaigning to another. It also brought a lot of rivalry in to theparty, various regions started to compete with each other to get