Nazis To Power: 1930 To 1933

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Nazi Germany Quizzes & Trivia

This is a brief quiz directed at senior high school students studying the last days of Weimar and the Nazi accession to power.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When the Depression began in Germany the government was a coalition of the SPD, DDP and
  • 2. 
    Was the chancellor replaced in March 1930
  • 3. 
    The coalition government of Herman Muller fell in March 1930 due to a difference of opinion on social relief payments. The party which insisted on maintaining the relief payments was the
  • 4. 
    Hindenburg began to play a greater role in government after the fall of Muller. He relied on a small circle of friends which included his son Oscar, the bureaucrat Otto Meissner and the chief of the Army Department
  • 5. 
    Heinrich Bruning was appointed chancellor to take over after Muller. He was the leader of the
  • 6. 
    Why did Bruning have to resort to Article 48 in July 1930?
    • A. 

      There were coups attempts in various parts of the country that required a swift from the army for which emergency funding was required.

    • B. 

      He had not yet been appointed chancellor and only suggested this measure to Hindenburg to ensure that funds were available for standard running of the state.

    • C. 

      He encountered stiff opposition to his deflationary policies from the KPD which necessitated emergency funding for the army to respond to this threat.

    • D. 

      He encountered stiff opposition to his deflationary budget from socialists, nationalists and communists.

  • 7. 
    Bruning's use of Article 48 in July 1930 elicited a vote of no confidence in him. It was carried 256 to 193. Bruning's reaction was
    • A. 

      To ignore the sentiment and continue with presidential rule.

    • B. 

      To call an election for September 1930 to secure a workable majority.

    • C. 

      To suppress extreme parties who were leading this sentiment.

    • D. 

      To appeal to Hindenburg to appoint a new chancellor and accept his resignation.

  • 8. 
    The September 1930 elections were a disaster for the Weimar republic and a serious misjudgment on the part of Bruning because
    • A. 

      It was inevitable in the crisis circumstances that the extreme parties would be the major beneficiaries.

    • B. 

      The Centre party was bound to benefit massively being the middle ground party of common sense.

    • C. 

      Hindenburg was furious Bruning would not use presidential rule as the major means of governing.

    • D. 

      The stress was to bring about his premature death by heart attack.

  • 9. 
    The Nazis increased their vote in the 1930 election to how many seats?
  • 10. 
    Unemployment in Germany peaked in October 1931 at how many million?
  • 11. 
    Reparations were effectively cancelled by the Allies in (month and year)
  • 12. 
    The politician who addressed meetings on behalf of Hindenburg in the March 1932 presidential elections was
  • 13. 
    The name of the  Nationalists and Stahlhelm  candidate who ran against Hindenburg in March 1932 was (surname)
  • 14. 
    The presidential elections had to be run twice in 1932 because
    • A. 

      There were accusations of corruption first time around.

    • B. 

      No one achieved a clear majority in the first election.

    • C. 

      It was considered bad form on the part of the candidates to declare victory in such a close election win.

    • D. 

      A KPD/Nazi clash closed down polling booths across the country which invalidated the election.

  • 15. 
    The powerful figure most determined to bring the Nazis into power in 1932 was
  • 16. 
    Bruning was sacked by Hindenburg in May 1932 because
    • A. 

      Hindenburg was sick of ruling through article 48.

    • B. 

      It was clear the Nazis were the only valid party to govern the country by this time.

    • C. 

      Schleicher had convinced Hindenburg that the SPD was, in fact, a better bet in the long run and that Bruning's economic policies had hurt the country.

    • D. 

      Schleicher convinced Hindenburg that Bruning's Prussian agrarian reforms and his ban on the SA and SS due to violent behaviour proved him to be too left wing.

  • 17. 
    The French ambassador to Germany commented on von Papen, Bruning's successor, that he was
  • 18. 
    In what months during 1932 did Hitler request the chancellorship from Hindenburg?
  • 19. 
    Hindenburg told Hitler that he would not appoint him in November 1932 because, "A Presidential...(finish quote)
  • 20. 
    Privately Hindenburg refused to appoint Hitler because, accordint to Otto Meissner, he couldn't
  • 21. 
    Hindenburg asked for the resignation of Papen in December 1932 because Schleicher had convinced him that
    • A. 

      An agreement had to be made with the Nazis and that there was a real prospect of civil war.

    • B. 

      Papen was too left wing and would move to expand spending in a Keynsian inspired economic policy to battle the depression.

    • C. 

      Schleicher could win a new election and bond the civil government with the army.

    • D. 

      Hitler now had to be appointed as the single most popular politician in Germany.