Springtime for Hitler

On the question of Hitler’s popularity with the Germans of his day, an article in Der Spiegel’s online English-language site (via Arts & Letters Daily) reviews a book that makes some interesting claims.

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.

According to the author, the Hitlerian springtime for Germans was financed by plunder from Jews and defeated nations.

 

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