Today on Uncommon Knowledge, historian Andrew Roberts clarifies contemporary perceptions of Hitler.
“In 1923, Hitler only had 2.3% of the popular vote. He was a joke leader of a joke political party… It really did require this appalling global recession – depression indeed – to fling him into power because he used scapegoats and he used demagoguery and he used an anti-Capitalist message which went down very well with people who had been broken and forced into unemployment and penury. And without that, there’s no way he would have gotten an 89% vote [in 1944].”
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