How far did people benefit from Nazi Rule?
- 6 million unemployed when Hitler came to power. By 1938 Hitler had reduced this number to just 250,000
- Big business benefited because they had contracts. Also they benefited because strikes were illegal and trade unions were banned
- The army benefited because it managed to re-arm.
- Workers also benefited from new organizations like the 'Strength Through Joy' movement
- However, workers also lost their freedom of choice. They had to join the German Workers' League, worked for longer hours and. for less pay but many didn't mind, as they had bread and work, which was better than being unemployed
- The Jews were hated by Hitler and the Nazis. Discrimination (treated unfairly) began against them as a soon as Hitler came to power.
- From 1942 the Final Solution to the Jewish problem led to the holocaust or mass murder of many Jews in death camps such as Auschwitz, Dachau and Belsen. By the end of the war six million out of eight million Jews had lost their lives under the Nazis.
- Anyone who opposed the Nazis was also persecuted. Individual church ministers such as Bonhoeffer and Niemoller paid heavily for speaking out against the Nazis.
- There were other minority groups that did not benefit from life under the Nazis. The gypsies, homosexuals, mentally ill -people, beggars, prostitutes, habitual criminals were all persecuted. Some lost their lives and others were thrown into the concentration camps.
- All other opposition parties did not benefit because they were banned under the Enabling Act.
- Ordinary Germans lost their freedom of speech and choice. By 1945 most had lost a lot more as Germany "lay in ruins, and many had suffered under the Allied bombing of the German cities. In the end therefore it is difficult to say that the people of Germany did benefit from Nazi rule.