The reasons why Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor in January 1933

  • Hitler demanded to be made chancellor in July 1932 as the Nazi Party was the largest political party with 32% of the votes

  • Von Papen and Von Schleicher were both unpopular as Chancellors, so Von Papen advised President Hindenburg that he could control Hitler as Chancellor if he was Vice-Chancellor.

  • On the 30th January 1933, Hitler was appointed as Chancellor with Von Papen as Vice-Chancellor.


  • Hitler had the support of many Generals

  • Hitler had taken part in the Presidential Election of 1932 and had won 13.4 million votes, so Hindenburg knew the public would support him as Chancellor


Fear of Communism

Treaty of Versailles

Nazi Party Tactics

Economic Problems

Weakness of Weimar Government

Scheming of Von Papen and Von Schleicher