Why did the people support the Nazis? MILLIE LYNCH

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  • Why did people support the Nazis?
    • Hitler cult (18%)
      • Charismatic leader
      • Symbols and rallies
      • Many felt threatened by big businesses and the powerful working class- looking for a security and sense of direction: Hitler offered this bright future
      • Prospect of firm action to take Germany out of the economic and psychological depression
      • "Designed to appeal to material interests of a broad constituency overwhelmed by the Depression."- W. Brustein, The Logic of Evil
    • National community (32%)
      • Prospect of firm action to take Germany out of the economic and psychological depression
      • Nazis popular with those who had weak, unsupportive communities.
    • Supernationalism (22%)
      • Symbols and rallies
    • Anti-Marxism (65%)
    • Anti-Semitism (14%)
      • Hitler deeply anti-Semitic but suppressed it, instead stressing anti-communism, which was more attractive
      • It has been argued by Goldhagen that Germany alone developed a strong desire to eliminate Jews, although he accepts that it was not crucial in the Nazis' electoral success.
    • Propaganda
      • Reinforced existing sympathies and feelings than in creating them.
      • Goebbels: " propaganda is our sharpest weapon in conquering the state, and will remain the sharpest weapon in maintaining and building up the state"
    • 1930-33 Economic Policies
      • Said the economy should serve the needs of the state, not individuals.
      • 1/3rd between Marxist state planning and capitalism
        • Anti-Marxism (65%)
      • Public investment in industry (boost economy)
        • Workers looking for further advance beyond their working class origins attracted
      • Financial controls (protect those in debt)
      • Created a continental economic zone dominated by Germany
      • Said they would support farmers
        • Price control
        • Imports and debts
        • Help reuse unused land in the East
  • 1930-33 Economic Policies
    • Said the economy should serve the needs of the state, not individuals.
    • 1/3rd between Marxist state planning and capitalism
      • Public investment in industry (boost economy)
        • Workers looking for further advance beyond their working class origins attracted
      • Financial controls (protect those in debt)
      • Created a continental economic zone dominated by Germany
      • Said they would support farmers
        • Price control
        • Imports and debts
        • Help reuse unused land in the East

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