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Did The German People Benefit From Nazi Rule In The Period 1933-39?

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Did The German People Benefit From Nazi Rule In The Period 1933-39? Hitler and the Nazis came to power in January 1933. Their policies turned Germany into a Nazi police state between 1933-39. Many Germans benefited from Nazi rule but at a heavy price. In addition different people were affected in different ways - for some German, for example the Jews, life became intolerable. When Germany came to power in 1933, Germany was still in the economic depression, which had begun in 1929. It was Nazi promises to end the Depression that won them so much support. Hitler was now expected to put these promises into practice. The control of economic policy was the responsibility of Dr. Schacht, who was the Minister of Economy form 1934 to 1937. His "New Plan" for Germany had clear aims: to reduce unemployment, to build up the armaments industry and make Germany self-sufficient. In 1933 five million Germans were still unemployed and it was essential that the Nazis find them jobs. ...read more.

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Hitler wanted Germany to be self-sufficient, so that that the country would be able to produce its own food and raw materials and then there would be no need to depend on other countries. This policy was called autarky. A Four-Year Plan was drawn up in 1936 with the aim of making Germany self-sufficient in four years. More raw materials, such as coal, oil, iron and other metals were produced and synthetic raw materials, such as rubber, fuel and textiles were developed. In order to deal with this increase in the need for raw materials new factories and industrial plants were built. The Four-Year Plan was expensive and needed massive investment in industry. By 1939 it had not succeeded in making Germany fully self-sufficient - over a third of Germany's raw materials were still being imported form other countries. It was clear form the rearmament programmes, the building of autobahns and the attempt to achieve self-sufficiency that the Nazi economic policy aimed to strengthen Germany's military power. ...read more.

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and many killed: people could not speaks freely about their feelings about the Nazi party because of the fear of being arrested for criticising; you could not trust anyone: there was constant fear: many people disappeared without a trace; non-Nazis could not have good jobs; and everyone had to be good and obey one hundred per cent in fear of being beaten. The greatest threat was to the Jews; Hitler hated them because he claimed that they were responsible for many of Germany's problems. In conclusion many Germans benefited from Nazi rule. The economic problems of 1929 to 1932, which had affected the nation, ended, and in their place was employment and financial stability. The Nazis also restored Germany's honour and pride, and there was more optimism and self-confidence. However the price was heavy - the German people lived in a police state where the Nazis controlled their whole lives. Although many Germans saw Hitler as 'Father' figure and on balance, it seemed that most were prepared to accept Nazi rule in the 1930s. ...read more.

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