Economics of the 3rd Reich Essay

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The Economics of the Third Reich A discourse on the economic policies employed by Nazi’s in power 1932 to 1938. Introduction and Purpose Hitler’s Germany was a catalyst of great upheaval throughout Europe, it defined new boarders and gave new words to the world’s lexicon of evil (Kristalnacht, Liebesraum, Racial Purity) that still linger as a bitter aftertaste to all. The resultant bloodbath of world war and the racist fuelled genocide of millions of innocent people permeate the background of this document. Post World War Two’s socio-political and economic maps were fundamentally altered giving us NATO, East and West Berlin, the Iron Curtain – the list of repercussions to the Reich’s existence is endless. The dichotomy to the hate and blood lust created by the Hitler’s Third Reich is that the Nazi’s didn’t seize power through revolution. The Nazi’s gained power through the ballet box. Hitler’s popularity and its rise were based on his work as chancellor and early work as the Fuhrer delivering an ‘economic miracle’ to the German people. This occurred in a few short years, achieving full employment – “bread and work” – and significant GDP growth. He built the autobahns, public parks, and great buildings reflecting national pride. In short, the people adored him. The creation of a fascist state was maybe not fully justified in the eyes of but fully accepted by millions of Germans struggling through the economic havoc of the last years of the Weimar republic. Germany was ‘on it knees’ its colonies were lost, large sections of land were annexed (Poland and France) and massive reparations were still being paid for World War 1, hyperinflation and millions unemployed. Any discussion on Germany’s successes always needs to be counterweighed against the atrocity of the ‘Final Solution’. However,

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