At the outset of the 1930s, the German economy is in ruins and street battles are raging between political factions. With the Weimar Republic in its death throes, elderly president Paul von Hindenburg is powerless, while the would-be saviors of the nation vie for control. The great rivals are the chancellors Franz von Papen and Kurt von Schleicher, each hoping to harness the increasingly popular National Socialists—while reining in their most alarming elements. As Rudiger Barth and Hauke Friederichs explain here, Adolf Hitler has ideas of his own about how to save Germany. But if he can't impose discipline on his own rebellious foot-soldiers, what chance does he have of seizing power?
Author: Rudiger Barth & Hauke Friederichs.