Life in Nazi Germany.

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Simon Lee Todd

Life in Nazi Germany

Life for the peoples of Nazi Germany cannot be simple classed as “good” or “bad”, the standard of living for somebody living in Nazi Germany (and occupied territories) was, ofcourse, a matter of class and social position.

In the post-1918 era, life in Germany had changed radically, following the armistice of 1918, the majority of Germany’s citizen’s were impoverished – the economy was all but completely destroyed. However no class was hit harder than peasant farmers – during The Great War farmers increased production greatly to feed the country and armies, when the war ended there was a vast surplus, so the farmers suffered greatly.

During the “Golden Age” of the Weimar Republic living conditions were greatly improved, lifestyles were flamboyant, and people had freedom they had never seen in Totalitarian Germany, or before the unification of Germany under Otto von Bismarck.

However, during the great depression of the early 1930’s, German people suffered greatly, for the lower and middle classes life in the new Nazi Germany would have been a vast improvement on the Weimar Republic. The Nazi’s provided jobs, food, and money for these people. When compared to conditions in the Great Depression life as extremely good.

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The Nazi’s built industry, public works, etc. For people who were in need of facilities such as these, living conditions were improved.

Although the Nazi’s provided jobs for the people, Hitler ensured that there was a war economy in peacetime Germany, meaning it was centrally controlled by the Government. In order for industrialists to be successful in business, they needed the support of the Nazi’s, completely sacrificing their “better judgment” and for most people, becoming fully fledged Nazi’s.

Lower classes in peacetime Germany would have worked in factories or public works projects, money wise they would be ...

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