The rise of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) was swift and far from certain. Support for Hitler and his Nazi Party only took off after the full impact of the Wall Street Crash (October 1929) was felt on Weimar Germany . Up to this point the Nazis had been a noisy but far from important part of the Reichstag that was dominated by the Centre and Socialists parties along with the traditional nationalist parties found in Weimar at the time. However, the great leap in unemployment throughout Weimar Germany and the seeming inability of the Weimar government to be able to control it mean that those without hope turned to the Nazi Party or to the Communist Party. It can be argued that without the economic chaos caused by the Wall Street Crash, the Nazis may have remained a small and politically insignificant party. However, Hitler put his case to the German people in very simple terms: other Weimar politicians when given the chance of saving Germany had failed – all he needed was the one chance to prove himself. It was a message that clearly had a marked impact in terms of the support the Nazi Party received at elections.
The third person going into print on the subject is John Buchanan, 54, a Miami-based magazine journalist who started examining the files while working on a screenplay. Last year, Buchanan published his findings in the venerable but small-circulation New Hampshire Gazette under the headline "Documents in National Archives Prove George Bush's Grandfather Traded With the Nazis - Even After Pearl Harbor". He expands on this in his book to be published next month - Fixing America: Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Rule, Big Media and the Religious Right.