Date of Award

8-2011

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Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to look at the causes of Nazi Germany's rise and its eventual era of violence. The Nazi party was the political party led by Adolf Hitler that took control in Germany from 1933-1945. Their political stance was to unify a broken Germany and to spread hatred against Jewish people. They wanted to use Jews as the scapegoat for their problems. Hitler took over the presidency in 1933 after then-president Paul von Hindenburg died. He fused together the presidency with his previously held chancellorship into a dictatorship. Furthermore, the Nazi party was known as the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP). Throughout the paper NSDAP and Nazi party will be used inter-changeably because they are the same political party. Nazi party is the term used for research because there are not many articles in the field of history titled Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, or NSDAP.

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