Reasons the nazis kept power economic policies

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Reasons the nazis kept power economic policies

  1. 1. Nazis and employment Unemployment fell massively during the Nazis’ time in power. Some of this was due to jobs being created by banning Jews from working, or persuading women to stay at home. Unemployment in Germany Total January 1933 6 million January 1934 3.3 million January 1935 2.9 million January 1936 2.5 million January 1937 1.8 million January 1938 1.0 million January 1939 302,000
  2. 2. Public building works The Nazis employed tens of thousands of men in public building works and also the creation of motorways. As these men worked they earned money to spend, which created more employment.
  3. 3. Rearmament plans Breaking the Treaty of Versailles, the Nazis began rebuilding their army, preparing for war (army size increased from 100,000 too 300,000). Money was spent on the military before public services and became known as ‘guns before butter’.
  4. 4. Strength through Joy Some workers felt they were actually worse off than before. The Nazis introduced the KdF (Strength through Joy) organisation to offer subsidised holidays or activities.
  5. 5. Joy at Work The Nazis also tried to persuade employers to improving working conditions. Joy at Work aimed to introduce better lighting and ventilation, for example.
  6. 6. Arguments for influence After the economic disasters of the 1920s, German people wanted stability. Nazi policies appeared to reduce unemployment, leaving most Germans happy (although Jews often paid the price).
  7. 7. Arguments for influence Germans were also happier due to the improved workplace conditions that Strength through Joy brought. Many Germans also benefitted from wage rises too.
  8. 8. Arguments against influence The Nazis had only a minimal economic impact. The world economy was improving after 1932 and often it was propaganda helped them e.g. unemployed women not counted.
  9. 9. Arguments against influence Not all Germans were happy with the economy. The Nazis gained support from groups such as the middle class and farmers. Hitler remained suspicious of the working class.

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