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

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A "provocative" account of great "intellectual significance," illuminating the economic workings of the Third Reich--and the reasons ordinary Germans supported the Nazi state (The New York Times Book Review)
 
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 Jewish possessions. Any qualms were swept away by waves of tax breaks and government handouts.

 

Hitler's Beneficiaries has been hailed as "startling" by Richard Evans, and as "fascinating and important" by Christopher Browning. Above all, as Omer Bartov testifies, this remarkable book "irreversibly transforms our understanding of the Third Reich."

Book News Annotation:

The acquiescence of the German people to the Nazi regime has been issue of longstanding and often acrimonious debate among historians and other social scientists. In this new work, Aly (U. of Frankfurt, Germany) finds the answer to be material. He argues that the German people succeeded in shielding the German lower classes and German soldiers from the economic costs of its policies through a variety of means, including redistribution of wealth from the country's elites, forcing occupied countries to pay tributes in the form of plundered food and devalued local currencies, and the massive and massively cruel dispossession of European Jews. After detailing all these schemes, which made the regime simultaneously popular and criminal, he discusses how the German people, who "gladly profited" from these policies, have never managed to come to grips with their own culpability in the crimes of the Third Reich. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805079265
Subtitle:
Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State
Publisher:
Picador
Translator:
Chase, Jefferson
Author:
Aly, Gtz
Author:
Aly, Goetz
Author:
Aly, Gotz
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Europe - Germany
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Germany Politics and government 1933-1945.
Subject:
National socialism -- Philosophy.
Subject:
World History-Germany
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080108
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes twenty illustrations and charts
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.59 x 6.37 x 1.44 in

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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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