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Author Aly, Götz, 1947-

Title Hitler's beneficiaries : plunder, racial war, and the Nazi welfare state / Götz Aly ; translated by Jefferson Chase.

Published New York : Metropolitan, 2007.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  330.943086 ALY    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Hitlers Volksstaat. English
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Physical description viii, 431 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The dream of a "people's empire" -- 2. The accommodating dictatorship -- 3. With unwavering efficiency -- 4. Profits for the people -- 5. The mainstay : Western Europe -- 6. Room for expansion : Eastern Europe -- 7. Larceny as a state principle -- 8. Laundering money for the Wehrmacht -- 9. Subsidies to and from Germany's allies -- 10. The trail of gold -- 11. The fruits of evil -- 12. Speculative politics -- 13. Nazi socialism.
Summary "In this groundbreaking book, distinguished historian Gotz Aly addresses one of modern history's greatest conundrums: How did Adolf Hitler win the allegiance of ordinary Germans for his program of mass murder and military conquest? The answer Aly provides 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 a succession of generous social programs, Hitler literally bought the consent of the German people."
"Drawing on secret Nazi files and unexamined financial records, Aly shows that while Jews and citizens of occupied lands suffered crippling taxation, mass looting, enslavement, and destruction, most Germans enjoyed a marked improvement in their standard of living. He documents the many millions of packages soldiers sent from the front stuffed with valuables and provisions; the systematic plunder of conquered territory for raw materials, industrial goods, and food supplies; and the disappearance of Jewish property and fortunes into German homes and pockets across the Reich. Whatever moral qualms Germans may have felt toward Nazi policies were swept away by waves of government handouts, tax breaks, and preferential legislation."--BOOK JACKET.
Other author Chase, Jefferson S.
Subject National socialism -- Philosophy.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Destruction and pillage -- Europe.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- Switzerland.
Jewish property -- Europe -- History -- 20th century.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Economic aspects.
Germany -- Economic policy -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945.
ISBN 9780805079265 (hbk.)
0805079262 (hbk.)