Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State

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Henry Holt and Company, 8 січ. 2008 р. - 448 стор.

A stunning account of the economic workings of the Third Reich—and the reasons ordinary Germans supported the Nazi state

In this groundbreaking book, historian Götz Aly addresses one of modern history's greatest conundrums: How did Hitler win the allegiance of ordinary Germans? The answer is as shocking as it is persuasive: by engaging in a campaign of theft on an almost unimaginable scale—and by channeling the proceeds into generous social programs—Hitler literally "bought" his people's consent.

Drawing on secret files and financial records, Aly shows that while Jews and citizens of occupied lands suffered crippling taxation, mass looting, enslavement, and destruction, most Germans enjoyed an improved standard of living. Buoyed by millions of packages soldiers sent from the front, Germans also benefited from the systematic plunder of conquered territory and the transfer of Jewish possessions into their homes and pockets. Any qualms were swept away by waves of government handouts, tax breaks, and preferential legislation.

Gripping and important, Hitler's Beneficiaries makes a radically new contribution to our understanding of Nazi aggression, the Holocaust, and the complicity of a people.

 

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Very interesting explains the German people

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Explains German people at that time in history. We have so many question why this happened.Hopefully knowing will keep it from happening again. Читати огляд повністю

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Götz Aly's book examines two questions. Firstly, he tries to explain why ordinary Germans supported Hitler for so long. He claims (with quite some merit) that it was economics not racial motives that ... Читати огляд повністю

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Acknowledgments and Translators Note ix
1
The Dream of a Peoples Empire
13
The Accommodating Dictatorship
36
With Unwavering Efficiency
75
Profits for the People
94
Western Europe
135
Eastern Europe
156
Larceny as a State Principle
183
Part IV
277
Speculative Politics
294
Nazi Socialism
310
A Note on Calculations
327
Currency Exchange Rates
333
Notes
339
Bibliography
399
Index
417

Laundering Money for the Wehrmacht
202
The Trail of Gold
244

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One of the most respected historians of the Third Reich and the Holocaust, Götz Aly is the author of Architects of Annihilation, among other books. Winner of Germany's prestigious history award, the Heinrich Mann Prize, Aly has been a visiting fellow at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D. C., and currently teaches at the University of Frankfurt. He lives in Berlin.

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