Wednesday, March 23, 2005

How Germans Fell for the 'Feel-Good' Fuehrer

From Der Spiegel is this interesting look at how the people of Germany were hood-winked by Hitler. I removed some names and added current criminals names and it come together quite nicely.

A well-respected German historian has a radical new theory to explain a nagging question: Why did average Germans so heartily support the Nazis and Third Reich? Hitler, says Goetz Aly, was a "feel good dictator," a leader who not only made Germans feel important, but also made sure they were well cared-for by the state.

To do so, he gave them huge tax breaks and introduced social benefits that even today anchor the society. He also ensured that even in the last days of the war not a single German went hungry. Despite near-constant warfare, never once during his 12 years in power did Hitler raise taxes for working class people. He also -- in great contrast to World War I -- particularly pampered soldiers and their families, offering them more than double the salaries and benefits that American and British families received. As such, most Germans saw Nazism as a "warm-hearted" protector, says Aly, author of the new book "Hitler's People's State: Robbery, Racial War and National Socialism" and currently a guest lecturer at the University of Frankfurt. They were only too happy to overlook the Third Reich's unsavory, murderous side.


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1 Comments:

At 3/24/2005 11:43 AM , Blogger zedpoint said...

Knowing the facts can be hard but truly acknowledging them is even harder.

It seem though that Hitler was a "better" dictator than Bush (and his Neocons). At least Hitler kept his Aryan masses fed. But with things like the bankruptcy bill being passed, no new jobs etc. even Bush's faithful are eventually going to get hungry.

I wonder, will Laura offer cake?

 

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