Germany Never Elected Hitler - The Machtergreifung | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1933 Part 1 of 3

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Germany Never Elected Hitler - The Machtergreifung | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1933 Part 1 of 3 5

Hitlers rise to power, also known as the Machtergreifung, was riddled with physical and mental manipulation, political games and an exploitation of the Democratic system. This episode follows the events leading up to the Nazi takeover of Germany.

Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Written by: Spartacus Olsson
Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Spartacus Olsson
Edited by: Daniel Weiss
Sound design: Iryna Dulka

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Deutsche Bundesarchiv

A TimeGhost chronological documentary produced by OnLion Entertainment GmbH.

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Hi, for those of you that don't know me yet, I'm the lead author of this series and the author of this episode. Now, as you will, or have just seen, this episode covers an event of earth-shattering magnitude in human history. An event that is often misunderstood and glossed over. The reason for that is not that there is anything controversial, or stupendously new with what we're documenting here. The simple fact is that its just too detailed and too complicated to cover in general history studies, especially in secondary school. The level we get into here is usually only covered in specialized lectures at college or university level. Tons and tons of books have been written on the topic and yet, many misconceptions remain. It was my goal to dispel some of the many misunderstandings that abound about how Hitler finally seized power. One of the chief myths is that Hitler was elected. As the video shows, that is not what happened. So you might ask yourself; how come the vast majority of Germans finally rallied behind him? Because they did, there's no question. But you see, that happens _after_ he seizes power and it will be the topic of our next episode on Germany that covers the Nazi consolidation of power.

It was also my goal to cast some more light on a topic that has been weaponized in political debate in recent years: the level of Socialism in the German National Socialist Worker's Party. I hope that I have laid the latter one to rest, but I fear that the comment section will still be full of politically biased nonsense on this topic. It's quite tiring for our community managers to answer that misrepresenting alt-right trope over and over again. And we won't stop you from posting it, even if it's nonsense. Instead we will try to patiently answer, but think fifteen times about posting 'Nazis were Socialists, duh!' or "Dude, Nazis are left-wing, duh!' out of respect for us. What we will not tolerate is that you post links to any of the clown videos by non-historians that try to perpetuate that myth. We are a team of _actual_ historians. We have no interest in 'pinning' Naziism on anyone. We also have no interest in 'pinning' Socialism on anyone. Nor should you, if you have any interest whatsoever in understanding history. Revolutionary Socialism, Communism, Fascism and Nazism have all brought down a lot of suffering on humanity - if we are supporters of freedom and democracy we need to learn from that. Throwing them all in one bucket and dumping it on our perceived political opponents is not learning, it's obfuscation, confusion, and destruction of education. So respect humanity, respect history and don't take part in that kind of nonsense. Also I will again post our rules, respect them:

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Author — Spartacus Olsson


An Austrian, a pervert and a clubfoot walk into the Reichstag...

Author — JägerLange


So, I tell a few of my friends or coworkers, when they ask me how my weekend was, that I spent a lot of it learning about the Nazis. The common response is, "Are YOU a Nazi??" People just can't wrap their head around why I'd want to learn about something so depressing, lmao

We must understand history, lest we repeat it. I think that's a quote but I don't know who said it.

Author — Noah Talbott


It's interesting to read about the political atmosphere in Germany prior to Nazi power. The failure to form a coherent centrist government, political polarization on both left and right, street violence, and the attempts of extremists from both sides to discredit democracy. Hopefully we can learn to read the signs and recognise the breakdown of democracy as it occurs

Author — thebraunable


I don't think you really get props for it often, but thanks for the subtitles, it shows how much you care about and work on these episodes.

Author — Perfectly Fine


Franz von Papen continues his policy of YEETing democracy.

Author — flyingkoopa45


All those death dates ending in I wonder what's going on here p. I wonder what's coming up.

Author — Chris_Wooden_Eye


Sign that TimeGhost History has enough support on Patreon? Using the word Hitler instead of a cat in a helmet.

Author — Hontas Farmer


Schleicher, Hindenburg, Von Papen, this story has so much intrigue turns and twists that it might as well be a tv drama.

Author — Prussian Union


Whoa, that was a lot to digest. Going to have to watch a second time.

Author — Peace Frog


"The Germans voted for Hitler" has been said a lot. Thanks for helping to clear that up.

Author — Duterte Fan


Oh wow! A 3 way civil war if the Nazis don't gain power. This ought to be a mod in HOI4 for a 1930 start date.

Author — Rebel Scum


The passion and anger at the end was amazing for driving the point of never sacrificing principles or you'll be left with what you swore to destroy.

Author — Kris The Don Krutsinger


Dictator of PRUSSIA?
That's a fantastic title.

Author — Joe Gerhard USA


To quote Big Ben, “a republic, if you can keep it”.

Hitler and Stalin both in power at the same time! A lousy time to be a European !

Great episode, both in content and presentation!

Author — John Hall


I really do prefer these longer episodes to the 10 minute shorts.

Author — Alex McCauley


Superbly researched episode.

Nice job also of dosing the "the title of that party has "socialist" in it therefore all socialists are Nazis" brainworm. I would however contest the statement that Hitler was not elected. He did not win an election in any clear cut way, but neither did any of the other parties. He contested elections and, as is the norm in a multiparty system, a process of undemocratic intrigue and horsetrading then saw someone, again as is not uncommon the most devious and self-serving player, emerging with power. He was elected to the extent that Jacinda Ardern or Angela Merkel are elected. Most people didn't want them. He was not elected in the sense that he had a genuine democratic mandate. He was elected in the sense that he didn't come to power in a beer hall putsch.

Author — Theosphilus Thistler


Indy, starting the Yugoslavia episode: today, I am touching a live wire.

Indy, starting the episode about how Hitler came to power: no dramatic intro.


Author — darko djogo


after this series would y'all ever do a gilded age/victorian era time before the 1st world war?

Author — cjkmaster


I was supposed to go out on a date in 10 mins... nevermind.

Author — Antonis Mage