Hitler's Beneficiaries Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State
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Description: 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 Gotz 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."
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Publication date: 1/8/2008
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
|Acknowledgments and Translator's Note|
|Political Opportunists in Action|
|The Dream of a "People's Empire"|
|The Accommodating Dictatorship|
|Subjugation and Exploitation|
|With Unwavering Efficiency|
|Profits for the People|
|The Mainstay: Western Europe|
|Room for Expansion: Eastern Europe|
|The Dispossession of the Jews|
|Larceny as a State Principle|
|Laundering Money for the Wehrmacht|
|Subsidies to and from Germany's Allies|
|The Trail of Gold|
|Crimes for the Benefit of the People|
|The Fruits of Evil|
|A Note on Calculations|
|Currency Exchange Rates|
|List of Abbreviations|