Nazi Domestic Policies: Work and Employment

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Work and Employment - 1

  • Workers:
    • DAF (German Labour Front) - 1933.
    • Employment rights.
    • Replaced trade unions.
    • Workers couldn't act deliberately against employers, but there was minimum working standards.
    • had power to punish.
  • RAD:
    • National Labour Service for the unemployed - 1933.
    • Provided manual work.
    • At first voluntary, then it was made compulsory in 1933 for young men to serve 6 months,
    • Organised like an army.
    • Pay was low and the food was poor.
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Work and Employment - 2

  • Rearmament:
    • Lebensraum - living space; military power.
    • '4 Year Plan', for the war in 4 years time.
    • In 1933, arms spending was 3.5 billion marks. In 1939, 26 billion marks were spent.
    • Iron and steel need increased; production trebled from 1933 to 1939.
    • Damage of naval blockade reduced; more plactic, oil and rubber.
    • Plastic production: 460% in the 1930s.
  • German army:
    • 100,000 in 1933.
    • 500,000 in 1936.
    • 900,000in 1939.
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