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To What Extent Do These Sources Suggest That Nazi Policy Was Beneficial To the Working Class in Germany1933 - 1939?

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To What Extent Do These Sources Suggest That Nazi Policy Was Beneficial To the Working Class in Germany1933 - 1939? When the Nazis came to power, Germany transformed from a former depression country into a powerful world state but there is conflicting evidence as to whether the German working class benefited from the Nazi regime. Source A is statistical evidence showing a decrease in the number of unemployed people between the years 1932 (just under 6 million) and 1938 (0.4 million). Assuming this source is reliable, one can come to the conclusion that the Nazi policy was directly beneficial to the working class as many jobs were created, bringing employment, and therefore money, to many more people. The author of this source had direct access to official figures, so it is more likely that they are correct; however the Nazis would have wanted to create a positive public image for themselves by showing people that their regime was working and so the source may be biased. ...read more.

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It supports my concerns raised about source A, saying that the workers 'often complain about the fact that they earn much less now than in 1929', however, there are some views in source D which have a more positive attitude to the Nazi regime, 'the years of unemployment have not been forgotten', this indicates that the number of jobs available rose under the regime. Source D also states that the workers are 'at the end of the day' glad to have work and draws attention to the fact that the worker's wages 'continually buy less and less'. Even though they have jobs, the workers are finding it increasingly hard to get by. From this source it appears that, contrary to what source A says, Nazi policy was definitely not beneficial to the working class. This idea of a fall in wages compared to those before the depression is also reflected in source C, the average gross hourly earnings in industry, from original German sources. ...read more.

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The SPD agent is claiming that this is a publicity stunt for the Nazis, and that the Nazi regime is fooling workers into believing that this scheme is working. As they were obviously against the Nazi regime, they would not have wanted to portray the regime in a positive light, meaning that this report has reason to be biased against the Nazi regime. The truth probably lies somewhere in between the two sources. Some workers were given privileges through the scheme but the majority did not benefit and the experiences of those that did were exaggerated by the German Labour Front. All these sources show that the Nazi regime was beneficial to workers to some extent, creating employment for those that had none, but not up to the standards that they claimed. They tried to portray themselves as helping the workers and giving them more rights, but from the SPD reports we can see that this is untrue and that they exaggerated the work that they were doing at returning Germany to the state it was before the depression. ...read more.

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