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Was the popularity of the Nazis in Germany in the late 1930s due to the success of economic policy

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Was the popularity of the Nazis in Germany in the late 1930s due to the success of economic policy Much of the popularity of the Nazis was certainly due to the success of economic policies such as rearmament, thousands of government marks spent on construction and Hitler's drive to achieve autarky. All these policies created jobs and by the late 1930s unemployment was down to quarter of a million. This pleased people and greatly boosted the Nazis' popularity. Effective law and order was another of the policies that impressed Germans of the time, 'everyone was honest'. The crime rate fell by over 25% between 1932 and 1937. ...read more.


It provided cheap cruises and foreign holidays, it built spas and resorts and booked seats for workers at the theatre and opera. Volkswagen was also an organization of the KDF, it committed workers' money before the cars were even made, but they were willing to do this because the car made them feel like they were equal to the rich upper classes. The KDF allowed all Germans to feel that they had a share in the country's economic success, so placing the Nazis in most middle class workers favour. But, the success of the economic policies was not the only reason for the Nazis' popularity. Others such as Hitler's successful achievement of his three foreign aims; tear up the Treaty of Versailles, unite all German people ...read more.


Later on in 1938, Hitler persisted with his aim to unite all German-speaking people; in September that year Hitler met with the leaders of Britain, Italy and France at the Munich Conference. It was decided that Germany would have the Sudetenland as long as Hitler promised he would not threaten any more countries. This would have made the Nazis popular because, in Hitler, the people saw a strong and powerful leader. In 1939, with the invasion of the rest of Czechoslovakia and Poland, Hitler was seen to have achieved his third stated aim of lebensraum. In conclusion, the popularity of the Nazis was mainly due to the success of economic policies, all of which improved the German people's way of life and standard of living, with his foreign aims playing a much smaller, but not insignificant, part. ...read more.

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