How did Adolf Hitler, the tyrant that committed the mass massacre of the Jews, rise to power in a democracy?
This question is baffling and the answer to this question is even more shocking.
Hitler was elected.
By the citizens of Germany.
There was no indication of wrong-doing during the elections.
In summary, here’s what happened.
After the world war I, the mood in Germany was at its lowest point due to the humiliating defeat. When the great depression hit the U.S. and the world at large, the Germans were not spared. Its economy was in shambles and millions of people found themselves out of work with no end in sight.
Hitler ran for the highest office in Germany during the time of crisis and appealed to the unemployed and the younger generation. His message resonated with the Germans and he became the leader of the country in 1932.
Rest, as they say, is history.
This amazing video from TED dives deep into Hitler’s rise to power in a democracy. It’s just under 6 minutes and provides a good primer on Hitler’s rise to power in a democracy.