“The Nazi's Economy Really Benefited the Workers”

Essay Question

“The Nazi's Economy Really Benefited the Workers”

That is one interpretation. The first reason that people may interpret this event this way would be that the Nazi party got rid of unemployment thoughout all of Germany. By 1939 Hitler, and the Nazis had abolish unemployment. Which gave Hitler support in the political ring, and even more fans, as he stuck to his slogan that he used during his campaign to become Kaiser, “Work and Bread.” This is what people needed and wanted. Due to the lack of resources, and lack of money. Due to the First World War repayments landing sourly on Germany.

The people needed saving and reassurance from a world that hated them, and the world they hated.

Adolf Hitler manipulated his message, and used the desperate people’s cries to get into power.

Furthermore, to reduce employment completely from six million (during the Wall Street crash of 29') to zero was something to be admired by the people in Germany. And the country felt it was on the rise again. After suffering the biggest defeat known to the entire world at that time.

The Nazis may have taken away the union, meaning no one could rebuke the Nazis in a cavilled political way, but the Nazis implemented the DAF (German labour front), which gave the workers better working conditions such as better toilets and lunches; something that the people could get behind, something to back up all that Hitler was preaching.

All of these aspects, I believe, the Nazis used as short term solutions to use the German people for work, so then they can feel well treated to then go on, and work in factories to make weapons and manual labour to train for the army, to get to what Hitler really wanted: war.

Another interpretation would be that solving unemployment only benefited certain people in German society. I personally strongly agree with this interpretation.

The first reason I agree with this interpretation is the fact that they took any job away for women and Jews.

With Hitler wanting to go down the more traditional sexist route for women in Germany, this meant they lost their jobs, no matter how important they might have been in the Weimar government previously.

Then they had to stay at home, and produce lots of children. This was demonizing for the women of Germany, as they lost a sense of purpose and belonging, but they couldn’t repeal as the fear aspect was too great. It was even worse for the Jews; they were taken away from their homes, forced to work with no pay, and the constant fear of them not knowing when they or others would die.

So people saying that the workers really benefited are mistaken, as it only benefited certain people, and if the society was to be successful then it should affect everyone positively.

Another interpretation would be that it really didn’t help the workers at all really, as wages were larger in scale, but not in terms of money in the pockets of the workers.

This shows that people would have been better off in wages with the Weimar republic.

This shows that the Nazis were not stable, and should have invested more in wages than in weapons. This shows that even though the people had jobs, it still didn’t benefit them in the long run.

In conclusion, I do not agree with the interpretation, because it did not help the whole society, and most of the people that did work were worse off in the grand scheme of things.

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