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1. In what ways did the Treaty of Versailles and the Great Depression help bring Hitler to power?
2. Explain the significance of the following for Canada and World War II: Deppe; Ortona; D-Day; and liberation of the Netherlands.

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1. The Treaty of Versailles was one of the pivotal events that allowed Hitler to eventually take absolute power in Germany. The treaty not only surrendered a part of German territory, but also imposed a payment of reparations on Germany, which was a significant blow to the German economy; the opinions among various historians on whether or not this was a fair settlement vary. Not only was the treaty a sign of definite defeat for the Germans, which was already a hard pill to swallow, but they also observed it as an imposition of a unilateral admission of guilt, as if they were the only party guilty for the war. After 1918, the “Stab-in-the-back” myth arose among the Germans, postulating that they had not actually lost the war but had, rather, been betrayed on the home front by civilians and the fall of the monarchy. The Nazi party would capitalize on this myth, incorporating it into their version of the 1920ies history, in which they went on to blame Jews, Marxists and “cultural Bolsheviks” for what they perceived was their corruption and loyalty to interests other than that of their “fatherland”. The accusations were laid on Jews for supposedly profiteering on the war, while the loyal, disciplined and courageous German army could have still won the war. This myth resonated very strongly inside the minds of Germans, who felt that the defeat in the war was a major humiliation for Germany....
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