On 30 January 1933, the president of Germany appointed Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of the Weimar Republic. Hitler's National Socialist Party had won a majority in the general elections the year before, and Hitler's accession to power began under the guise of legitimacy. This text examines how the rise of Nazism was rooted in the crisis in German society following the economic collapse of the late-1920s. The following years saw the establishment of Germany's totalitarian state, the consolidation of full dictatorship between 1934 and 1938, and World War II.
24th February 1920
The National Socialist German Workers' Party, commonly known in English as the Nazi Party (from the German Nazi, abbreviated from the pronunciation of Nationalsozialist), was a political party in Germany between 1919 and 1945. It was known as the German Workers' Party (DAP) prior to a change of name in 1920. The party's last leader, Adolf Hitler, was appointed Chancellor of Germany by president Paul von Hindenburg in 1933. Hitler rapidly established a totalitarian regime known as the Third Reich.