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Did the German people benefit from the Nazi rule in the period 1933 - 39?

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Did the German people benefit from the Nazi rule in the period 1933 - 39? No historian can accurately say that German people either did or did not benefit from the Nazi regime 1933 - 39, because neither statement is entirely true. Under the totalitarian dictatorship directed by Adolf Hitler for a large part of those years, hundreds of thousands of Germans died as a direct result of the National Socialist German Workers Party's policies, and yet hundreds of thousands of Germans became more prosperous and indeed worked their way into much more prominent positions of power. The Nazis were elected democratically by the German people, by the very means that they would immediately destroy upon their arrival as German's main party government, with Hitler, in control of the Reichstag as their party leader and the Chancellor of Germany. Within a year and a half, he became President of Germany, and Nazi control of Germany became complete. The lives of all Germans changed drastically, from livelihoods to their behaviour in their own homes. Persecution was one of the main themes of the Nazi dictatorship. ...read more.


Then in 1935, the Nuremberg laws were passed, which dictated that Jews were no longer German citizens and therefore did not have any access to civil rights or protection from the law. Marriages and sexual relations were also banned between Jews and gentiles; any pure German married to a Jew was encouraged to divorce them. Instances of public humiliation and harassment of the Jews ensued, noticeably the day after Kristallnacht. There were several outbreaks of hostility between the Jews in gentiles, which resulted in the death of several Jews. In March 1939, Hitler ordered a mass arrest of Jews, and within weeks, approximately 30,000 Jews were sent to labour camps, most of which then transformed into concentration camps. It was not just the Jews that did not benefit from Hitler's Nazi regime. Hitler also targeted minority groups such as homosexuals, gypsies, black people, homeless, the mentally or physically handicapped and various other groups for persecution, either because he believed they were inferior or simply not socially useful. He was trying to breed a perfect, strong, pure blood Aryan German race, and they were interfering with his plans. ...read more.


Hitler was adamant about physical fitness and so the children had to endure long hours of physical activities everyday to build up their physical strength and endurance. As mentioned before, however, some aspects of German life certainly did improve. Hitler created thousands of jobs by building the equivalent of dual carriageways all over Germany and by starting to rebuild Germany's military force. The hundreds of thousands unemployed soon found they had jobs, which although were not always to their liking and skill ability, were jobs nonetheless, and so they could start rebuilding their homes and lives with financial aid. Many Germans focussed only on this aspect of Hitler's regime, claiming that their Fuhrer had given them the opportunity to start again, and so pushed aside the nastiness and unpleasantness that was occurring. In conclusion, some Germans definitely benefited from the Nazi regime, and some definitely did not. Hitler radically reduced unemployment figures, though his success was partially to do with the exclusion of Jews from the official numbers, and many Germans 'got back on their feet' financially and the German economy started to rise again. However the Jews and other minorities suffered terrible persecution and abuse and certainly did not gain anything from the Nazi regime, which destroyed so many of their lives. ...read more.

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