The Rise of Fascism in Nazi Germany

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The Rise of Fascism in Nazi Germany

After the end of World War 1 (WW1), Germany was in charge of

taking full responsibility for the money lost, the mass destruction, and the

lives that were killed. This greatly hindered the German economy, which

brought the whole country down. German soldiers returning home from the

war could not get the supplies they needed to survive and turned to fascism.

Not too long after WW1, the whole world went into a great depression,

which also did not help the German economy recover from their great loss of

money. Germany realized that they needed a new way of getting their wealth

and pride back, so they turned to fascism. The political leader of the

National Socialist German Workers, Adolph Hitler, was one of the main

figures in promoting this new fascist concept. Albert Speer assisted Hitler in

promoting the Nazi political machine.

The Germans turned to Hitler because he offered to reach their

economic needs following WW1. The Germans could not resist the offer,

and proclaimed him Chancellor of Germany. While Hitler was in power, he

enforced fascism, which was "a government led by a dictator who had

absolute power, crushes other political parties, controls the economy and is a

strong nationalist" (dictionary.com). Through this philosophy Hitler

assumed full control and order of the German Government. He enforced

fascism through his personal guard, the SS. The fascist government was also

very racial and hated certain groups of people.

One of the major policies, concerning the state was that you were only

to be allowed as a part of the state, if you were of German descent. Another

of the major policies was that you could only vote if you were, again, a part

of German descent. (F.L. Carsten, The Rise of Fascism). The economy also

had its rules, like staying loyal to the Nazi party of Germany. The major

policies of the military was to remain loyal to Hitler and follow his

command at any cost.

One of the men who assisted Hitler during the rise of fascism in Nazi

Germany, was Albert Speer. Speer was a son of an architect and also took on

the profession of becoming an architect. He became Hitler's architect,

designing buildings and even whole cities for him. Hitler would usually give

a rough outline of what he wanted a project to look like. Then he would give

the outline to Speer, who would design it. On one account Hitler and Speer

had actually made a design for a capital city of the world, in Germany.

Albert Speer was not only Hitler's Chief Architect but was also in charge of

Armaments for the Nazi German Army. Speer also had the responsibility of

being in charge of the economy of Germany. He was able to keep producing

weapons and ammunition for the troops of Germany, even well their

facilities were being heavily bombarded by the Allied troops. Speer helped

to contribute to the rise of the fascist movement in Germany, through

assisting the dictator, Adolph Hitler. Without the help of Speer by his side,

Hitler would have had real problems in trying to maintain the weapons and

ammunition of the Army of Germany. He also would have not been able to

make his ideas of buildings and cities into real tangible objects.

Later on in his life, Speer helped to arrange for the assassination of

Adolph Hitler. Albert Speer was the only one, in high authority, in the Nazi

party who openly expressed guilt and said sorry for everything that he did

well he was in office. He was later sent to twenty years of prison

confinement. When Speer was released he became an author, and wrote one

of his most famous novels, "Inside the Third Reich".

Fascism was a political concept that resulted in the rise of Adolph

Hitler. His influence on the people of Nazi Germany caused mass

destruction and the loss of many lives....
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