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"A Successful Economic Policy Was The Key Behind Hitler´S Maintenance Of Power In Germany." To What Extent Do You Agree With This Statement?

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Dunia Malezai "A successful economic policy was the key behind Hitler´s maintenance of power in Germany." - To what extent do you agree with this statement? Hitler maintained power in Germany through a number of different measures. The successful economic policy, however, was the most important of all. The economic chaos in Germany after the Wall Street Crash of 1929 and the overall economic instability of Weimar Germany was a perfect situation for any leader to rise to power and the solution of such an issue will help them maintain power. Therefore, the idea of economic stability and strong political leadership demonstrated by Hitler attracted the German citizens, and the Nazi party realized the importance of solving serious economic issues in order to maintain power in Germany. To begin with, unemployment was increasingly high in 1929 due to the Wall Street Crash. Desperate for capital, The U.S began to demand money back from Europe, which resulted in high unemployment especially in Germany as she relied heavily on loans from the United States. The Great Depression was perhaps a big blow for all European countries including Germany but for The Nazis it was a chance of gaining control over the nation. By 1932 6000,000 people were unemployed in Germany, in the next six years many economic policies were introduced which, together with the natural global economic recovery, reduced unemployment by a huge amount. The Nazi government created millions of jobs through public works especially such as motorway and other infrastructure progammes as well as through rearming, and massive arms-production. Conscription into the German armed forces helped to reduce the numbers of unemployed. Hitler also encouraged the mass production of radios. In this case he was not only concerned with reducing unemployment, but saw them as a means of supplying steady stream of Nazi propaganda to the German people. Youth unemployment was dealt with by the forming of the Voluntary Labour Service (VLS) and the Voluntary Youth Service (VYS), these planted forests, repaired river banks and helped reclaim wasteland. Women in certain professions such as doctors and civil servants were dismissed, while other married women were paid a lump sum of 1000 marks to stay at home. Also, more jobs were available after all Jews were unemployed. In addition to, all trade unions were banned, and replaced by the German Labour Front - the one and only trade union in the third Reich. Jobs, wages and working hours all were fixed. These policies were harsh but had an extensive impact. The number of people unemployed dropped from 6 million in 1932 to 300,000 by 1939. The benefits of the Nazi economy were summed up by the Strength through Joy organization, which was led by Robert Ley and was set up to encourage workers to work as hard as they could for Germany and the Nazis. The offer of cheap holidays and a car were good ways to win the support of the average person in the street. A cruise to...

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