The Weimar Republic and the Nazis 19241929 


Study Sources F to J and then answer all parts of the Question.

To answer the questions, use the Sources and your own knowledge.

In your answers, you should refer to the Sources by their letters. 

Source F

The Nazi Party in 1928

Support for the Nazi Party had grown due to the country's problems of hyperinflation and the French invasion of the Ruhr.   By 1928 Nazism appeared to be a dying cause.   Now that Germany's outlook was suddenly bright, the Nazi Party was rapidly withering away.   One scarcely heard of Hitler or the Nazis except as a joke.

from The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1959) by William Shirer.

William Shirer was an American journalist who lived in Germany from 1926 to 1941.

Question 1a

Why did the Nazis attract little support in the years 1924 to 1929?   Explain your answer using Source F and your own knowledge.   (6 marks)




Source G  

A criticism in 1924 of Stresemann's policies 

an election poster published by The Nazi Party in 1924

The large figure represents Germany.

The small figure represents a Jewish banker.


Source H  

Germany in 1929

The German economy is doing well only on the surface.   Germany is in fact dancing on a volcano.   If the short-term loans are called in by America, most of our economy will collapse.

from a speech made by Gustav Stresemann shortly before his death on 3 October 1929.


Question 1b

Which source, Source G or Source H, is the more useful to an historian studying the achievements of the Weimar Republic in the period 1924 to 1929?   Explain your answer using Sources G and H and your own knowledge.   (8 marks)



Source I

Unemployment in Germany 1926-29

from figures issued by the governments of the Weimar Republic

Question 1c

Is Source I reliable as evidence about the effects of the economic policies of the Weimar Republic in the period 1924 to 1929?   Explain your answer using Source I and your own knowledge.   (6 marks)




Source J

An interpretation of Stresemann's achievements, 1924-29

With the death of Stresemann, Germany has lost her ablest leader.   He worked hard to rebuild his shattered country and for peace and co-operation abroad.   Because of his leadership Germany is now prospering and has an important place in the affairs of Europe.

from The Times, a British Newspaper (4 October 1929).

This is an extract from an account of his life and achievements which was written just after his death.

Question 1d

Does Sources J give an accurate interpretation of the achievements of Stresemann during the period 1924 to 1929?  Explain your answer using Source J and your own knowledge. (6 marks)



Question 1e

"The Weimar governments were successful in solving Germany's problems between 1924 and 1929."   

Do you agree or disagree with this interpretation?   

Explain your answer using the Sources and your own knowledge.   (10 marks)



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