By Joseph W. Bendersky
This balanced heritage bargains a concise, readable advent to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky deals an authoritative survey of the key political, monetary, and social elements that powered the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich. Now in its fourth version, the publication accommodates major learn of modern years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately international battle II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social lifestyles in the Nazi nation, it additionally reemphasizes the the most important position performed by means of racial ideology in opting for the regulations and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photo of the way standard electorate negotiated their approach via either the threatening strength at the back of convinced Nazi guidelines and the robust enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage remedy presents a useful review of a subject matter that keeps its ancient importance and modern significance.
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Various factions had different perceptions of national socialism, and each was sure that its version was the correct one. As will be seen, even among party leaders and theorists there existed significant ideological differences. But there were also millions of true believers in nazism who regarded its ideology as a coherent philosophy and who were either unconcerned with or unaware of its contradictions. To them, nazism was an absolute faith, an accurate reflection of historical and political realities.
The original intention of the party had been to win the workers away from the left by combining Nationalist and Socialist ideologies. Unlike Marxism, the National Socialist ideology did not present a threat to the private property of the middle classes. In fact, amid the socialistic components of the Party Program, there was a statement demanding the establishment and maintenance of a strong middle class. Nazis claimed to represent the interests of the “little man”—whether worker, farmer, or middle class—against more powerful economic forces.
The Jewish race was the mightiest opponent of the Aryans, according to Hitler, precisely because Jews had maintained their racial purity and had a strongly developed instinct for self-preservation. Hitler maintained that in the racial struggle throughout history, the Jews, who have no potential to create culture and civilization, seized upon the achievements of other races to survive. In effect, the Jews were seen as cultural and economic parasites, who would use any means, adopt any ideas, and associate themselves with any historical movement that would temporarily suit their needs.