One of the mysteries to many people is where did Adolph Hitler get the billions of 1930 circa dollars to put together one of the most powerful military forces in history up to that time. After all, when he got total control of the German government in 1933, the German economy is said to have been in horrible condition.


One of the mysteries to many people is where did Adolph Hitler get the billions of 1930 circa dollars to put together one of the most powerful military forces in history up to that time. After all, when he got total control of the German government in 1933, the German economy is said to have been in horrible condition.
What is overlooked is the fact that in bad economic times a lot of people have little, but some people have much and continue to get more. That was true in our Great Depression of the 1930s and it was true in Germany's period of ultra inflation of the 1920s and early 1930s. While depression and inflation seem to be opposites, Germany's ultra inflation of that period was the same only with a different name.
In our Great Depression, prices and wages dropped to record lows in the coin of the realm of that period. The grass roots majority had next to no dollars (currency) with which to buy things. In Germany, the grass roots majority may have had hundreds of marks but it took tens of thousands of marks to buy much of anything. In our depression, our currency was still worth something, but few had any. In Germany, there was plenty of currency but it wasn't worth anything. Thus, the majority in both places was not buying anything and that means times are bad. Thus, it behooved those few who had much to favor moves that will allow the majority to buy things so that they might continue to be rich.
In our country, a government came to power with a plan, which, granted was ripe for graft and graft did occur, but the nation, meaning the people got things. They got infrastructure - parks, schools, bridges, etc. And people got jobs and a paycheck with which they could buy things. Sure, those who had a lot had to pay for this with higher taxes but they were willing because if things would have continued, they would have lost their thousands and millions eventually and they knew it. Unlike in later recessions, the New Deal programs did not give money to people but jobs that produced something and paid money.
In Germany those who were wealthy knew that something had to be done or they would eventually lose their thousands and millions. But what they were to build things to make war. In short, the wealthy in Germany make it possible for Adolph Hitler not only to come to power but to build a military power that could conquer Europe until the British and Americans couple put together an even more powerful war machine. This is just an opinion, but I believe that if Hitler hadn't had to worry about the British and Americans, his forces probably could have handled the Russians.
While the incoming government in the U.S. put people to work building needed infrastructure, Germans were put to work to help a maniac try and achieve his goal of conquering the world.
The whole truth is that Hitler and his mugs couldn't have done what they did without the support of the big money in Germany. And, until Hitler actually achieved the power he was after, that support even came from wealthy Jews. While there was always anti-Semitic feeling in Germany, like most everywhere else, the purge didn't come until the Nazis needed a scapegoat. They could not have remained in power had they not had the support of the grass roots majority who, because they were getting paid to build guns, airplanes, explosives, etc., were now enjoying a more normal existence than they had in the 14 years of the corrupt and incompetent Weimar Republic.
The Nazis could not have done what they did without the support of the German people. Sure, freedom is great, until too many people are like the poor little snakes that don't have pots to hiss in.
When the population of a nation reaches a certain level of total disgust with the government, they then have they are going to support something else. And that something else can't survive without the continued support of those who already have a lot and are afraid of things getting to a point they are going to lose what they have.

Trivia Time

What was the name of the steel mills in Essen that constructed so much of Hitler's war machine? Answer to last question. Hans and Fritz appear in the Katzenjammer Kids, a Sunday comic strip that still appears in some papers.
Contact George Frasher at 337-424-7404, E-mail georgefrasher@aol.com.