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How far did Hitler win over the middle classes?

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´╗┐How Far did Hitler win over the Middle classes? To a large extent Hitler won over the middle classes, however although Hitler had won over a larger percentage of middle class people than the workers, he did not achieve complete satisfaction from them or much loyalty since they were mostly interested in the financial benefits that the Nazi party was offering rather than the other sides such as the patriotism etc. This meant that the support the Nazis got from the middle classes was mostly passive rather than active and enthusiastic. The main reason as to why the Nazi party won a large majority of the middle classes was due to the fact that communism was becoming increasingly popular in Germany meaning that if Germany ...read more.


Protection from the communists was however not the only reason as to why Hitler gained the support of the middle classes because he introduced other laws/schemes which were appealing to them. The middle classes believed that they would be economically better off with the Nazis as Jewish business competition was removed and Jewish business handed over to the German people (aryanisation). Rearmament meant that some business would gain such as the coal industry and the steel manufacturers, furthermore it created more jobs in engineering as well as increased demand for lawyers etc as they could find work with the Nazi SD. The destruction of trade unions would again mean that the middle classes would gain economically . ...read more.


and essentially choice less meaning they had to support the Nazis and only supported them so as to protect their economic interests, and so ?did not amount to a serious body of resistance?-(peukert). Kershaw mentions that one man strongly complained about economic hardship, than broke off into the street to do a Hitler salute and praise the SS marching. This shows that although the Nazis slightly crippled the middle classes by installing price controls preventing businesses to pass on their costs to the consumer and despite the threat of losing contracts to other businessmen or the state stepping in to take over, (Reich works Hermann Goering ) it was better than the communism alternative and so supported the Nazis. ...read more.

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