Did the Nazi regime improve the standard of living of the German people between 1933 and 1939?

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Did the Nazi regime improve the standard of living of the German people between 1933 and 1939?

  • The fundamental aim was to create an economy ready for war, but the Nazis needed to maintain a reasonable standard of living because they needed the German people to feel good about the regime, and to feel unified in the Volksgemeinschaft. There were advantages and disadvantages in terms of standards of living, and some groups gained a lot more than others. The greatest advantages going to the large industrialists such as Krupps,Siemens and I.G. Farben. Profits increased by 150% during this time. Jews clearly suffered, especially after the Aryanisation of the economy in 1936. There was a squeeze on consumer goods after the introduction of the Four Year Plan of 1936 when Goring talked of a choice between guns and butter.
  • The Nazis used economic policy to create a feel good factor, promoted through propaganda. The working class majority did benefit from the focus on unemployment in the early years. By 1935 unemployment had been almost removed. There were jobs on the public works schemes, and there were jobs in the armaments industry. For many workers they regained their self respect.
  • The workers were forced to join the DAF and they were not allowed to join trade unions, and unemployed young men were forced to joing the RAD to…

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