Asked in World War 2Germany in WW2Adolf Hitler
Did Hitler have all the answers to Germany's problems?
July 15, 2015 8:42PM
No, he only thought he did. He lead Germany to the greatest disaster in its history.
Of course not. But he made a great effort to make people think he had all the answers.
According to the late former General Speidel, who worked very closely with Field Marshal Rommel, Rommel early on came to be attracted to Chancellor Hitler's leadership for three major accomplishments:
(1) Hitler UNIFIED the German people. [Without doubt, he did this on a scale never seen before or since, even incorporating all territories with ethnic German populations, such as East Prussia/Poland and Alsace-Lorraine.]
(2) Hitler ended UNEMPLOYMENT in a dramatic fashion: While 6 million had been unemployed in the year before Hitler took office, he very soon transformed the German economy such that there was a labor shortage!
(3) Hitler remedied the humiliation of the Versaille Treaty, quickly and thoroughly. A majority of the German populace undoubtedly supported this restoration of national sovereignty.
(1) United the Germans by forbidding dissent and terrorizing opponents.
(2) Remedied unemployment by massive rearmament and very little else.
(3) ' ... remedied the humiliation of the Versailles Treaty', but launched a war of aggression, and by May 1945 Germany was under foreign occupation and its reputation was mud.
Remedies? Pull the other one.