By Joseph W. Bendersky
This balanced background bargains a concise, readable creation to Nazi Germany. Combining compelling narrative storytelling with research, Joseph W. Bendersky deals an authoritative survey of the most important political, fiscal, and social components that powered the increase and fall of the 3rd Reich. Now in its fourth variation, the booklet accommodates major examine of modern years, research of the politics of reminiscence, postwar German controversies approximately international struggle II and the Nazi period, and extra on non-Jewish sufferers. Delving into the complexity of social lifestyles in the Nazi country, it additionally reemphasizes the the most important function performed via racial ideology in deciding upon the regulations and practices of the 3rd Reich. Bendersky paints a desirable photograph of ways usual voters negotiated their method via either the threatening energy at the back of yes Nazi guidelines and the powerful enticements to acquiesce or collaborate. His vintage therapy offers a useful review of an issue that keeps its historic value and modern significance.
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Modern social and economic changes, urbanization and industrialization in particular, had undermined the foundations of this organic rural life and threatened the unity and continued existence of the Volk. Since many of these thinkers equated Jews with modern intellectual and political trends, as well as with urbanization, commerce, and industry, the völkisch movement was inherently anti-Semitic. Jews also were considered a different Volk, an alien cultural force within the natural German Gemeinschaft; they were outsiders whose roots did not originate in Germanic soil and who, as a landless group, were not an integral part of the rural agrarian community.
By the second half of the nineteenth century, völkisch writers found a growing following among those who had become disillusioned with the modernization of German society brought about by rapid industrialization. indb 29 5/13/13 9:02 AM 30 / Chapter Three within a very short period, and many Germans had great difficulty adjusting psychologically, socially, and economically. Uprooted from their rural life, they faced the alienation, tension, and uncertainty of an urban industrial existence and were confronted with new value systems and lifestyles for which they were unprepared.
In January of 1919, this city became the birthplace of the German Workers’ party (DAP). The organizers and early leaders of this new party were Anton Drexler, a locksmith, and a sports journalist, Karl Harrer. The DAP attracted at most about forty members; it lacked an organizational structure and had no program to guide it toward more direct political activity. Hitler was correct when he later described this group as more of a club than a political party. Members gathered in Munich beer halls to hold discussions and to complain about Germany’s ills.