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    Is it a coincidence that at the same time that The Great Depression brewed in America, Hitler's popularity began to rise in Germany and Germany's economic and military might began to grow?

    The road to power
    Main article: Hitler's rise to power
    Nazi Party Election Results

    Date Votes Percentage Seats in Reichstag Background
    May 1924 1,918,300 6.5 32 Hitler in prison
    December 1924 907,300 3.0 14 Hitler is released from prison
    May 1928 810,100 2.6 12
    September 1930 6,409,600 18.3 107 After the financial crisis
    July 1932 13,745,800 37.4 230 After Hitler was candidate for presidency
    November 1932 11,737,000 33.1 196
    March 1933 17,277,000 43.9 288 During Hitler's term as Chancellor of Germany

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler

    It seems to me that once the Great Depression hit, American government and American businessmen decided to make money elsewhere at any cost. Hitler was one willing customer. Whatever limits on Germany's military power were imposed by the Treaty of Versailles were erased due to the need for capitalism to prosper:

    http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fa..._excerpts.html

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    The Treaty of Versailles was dead letter by 1925 or so. It was doomed from the start after Wilson's stupidity, and the fact that he was unable to get the Senate to ratify it.

    After the French tried and failed to extract reparations from the Ruhr themselves, Germany was basically left alone because countries were too scared of provoking another war.

    In short, you're an idiot. Your threads keep getting dumber and dumber.

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    Sure, all the European Nations along with America could not control Germany's military that was soundly defeated. Please!

    And yet you fail to comment on the "coincidence" of the rise of Hitler's popularity as America was sinking deeper into depression.

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    And yet you fail to comment on the "coincidence" of the rise of Hitler's popularity as America was sinking deeper into depression.
    I don't see the point of doing so, the two events CAN be mutually exclusive of each other. I commented on the stupidest part of your post, the Treaty of Versailles didn't lose effectiveness due to American investment, as I said it had been dead letter for eight or nine years before Hitler came to power.

    Just going a little further, of the three leaders in the Grand Alliance...Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin only one of them signed any official agreements with Hitler, and it wasn't Roosevelt or Churchill.

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    And yet you fail to comment on the "coincidence" of the rise of Hitler's popularity as America was sinking deeper into depression.

    Probably because it was only a coincidence.

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    Sure, completely ignore my second link where it is clear American businessmen began doing business with Hitler in the early 30s.

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    You're sounding a lot like Red Viking's brother.

    I suggest to you that Prescott Bush and his fellow capitalists would have done business with Hitler with or without a depression. Also, it's easy in hindsight to blame whoever was involved with Hitler. The context would have been different in the 30s. Finally, you provide no evidence of any connection, other than that of coincidence. Coincidences are a dime a dozen.

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    I don't think Prescott Bush and the rest of the United States government would go as far as allowing American companies build one of the best military in the World out of Germany were the business conditions better at home and around the rest of the World.

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    Prescott Bush's contributions to Germany, whatever they were, and no I'm not going to read your link, are negligible in comparison to what Comrade Stalin gave them when he signed the non-aggression pact in 39.

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