How was it that the depression (aka the Great Depression) and the subsequent rise in German unemployment aid the National Socialist German Worker’s Party (the Nazis) in coming to power? In May 1928 the Nazis had received only 2.6% of the vote. Yet, by July 1932 this percentage had climbed to 37.4%. Though this is not a majority, the Nazis were, indeed, the largest party in the German Reichstag. What explains the large jump? How does unemployment, the political crisis of the early 1930s, and the violent tendencies of the SA all factor into Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party emerging on top by the end of 1932?