The National Socialist German Workers‘ Party (NSDAP) was the political movement that propagated the Nazi ideology.

During the 1920s the party emerged in crippled Germany out of discontent with the German losses during World War I. The defeat was attributed to communists, Jews and other enemies of the state.
Under the aegis of Adolf Hitler, the party became the largest in Germany. Hitler used paramilitary militias, first the SA and later the SS. In the 1933 elections the NSDAP received 43 percent of the vote, which equalled 17 million votes. After eliminating the other political parties, the NSDAP became the sole legitimate party by July. Hitler became an autocrat. He received assistance from a few ministries, and eventually from only four ministers: Göring, Goebbels, Frick and Darré. The NSDAP ideology permeated the social and civil structure.

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