Hitler's Aim and Achievements

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Hitler’s aims and achievements
Aims
1: Get all Germans reunited in a single state – Grossdeutschland, ein volk 2: Smash the treaty of Versailles and build a strong army
3: Get Lebensraum in the East
4: Just Expansion (Historiographical debate)?
5: Get All Jews out of Germany (final solution?)
6: Total Control/Totalitarianism (Establish total power and total support) 7: Decrease unemployment and revive German economy for popular support and rearmament 8: Economic self-sufficiency (autarchy)

9: If the raison d’être of the economy was to allow Hitler to fulfil his ideological ambitions through war then he ultimately failed 10: Nazi Family Values
Creating a master race
Aims and achievements
1: Get all Germans reunited in a single state – Grossdeutschland, Ein Volk March 1938 Austria annexed (Anschluss)
September 1938: Sudeten annexed from Czechoslovakia
September 1939: Regained German speaking part of Poland
2: Smash the treaty of Versailles and build a strong army
By 1939: Army rebuild, reparations cancelled, Germany had regained land lost 1935: German Air Force “Luftwaffe” established
3: Get Lebensraum in the East
August 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact
June 1941: Invasion of USSR
4: Just Expansion (Historiographical debate)?
AJP Taylor argues that Hitler had no precise goals, just a desire for expansionism, and that his policies were characterised by opportunism. Most historians (Bullock) reject this view arguing that 1924-25 onwards, when Hitler wrote Mein Kampf, clear objectives were evident, which he put into effect in the 1930s. • Sources for Hitler’s foreign aims: Twenty-Five Points (1920), Mein Kampf (1925), Four Year Plan Memorandum, Hossbach Memorandum. 5: Get All Jews out of Germany (final solution?)

1935 September: Nuremburg Laws
1938 October: Expulsion of 17,000 Polish Jews resident in Germany 1938 November: Kristallnacht: Destruction of Jewish shops, homes and synagogues – 100 killed, 20,000 sent to concentration...
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