Hist1403E February 15, 2012
Funding Hitler (or Not)
o A group suspected of being communist under the regime.
o There were industrialists who said that they would do/pay anything to keep the
communists out of their country. To keep them out of Germany, industrialists
and bankers paid the Nazis to keep them out.
Army Financial Support
o Another group who was willing to pay the Nazis to keep out the Communists.
o Hitler is put into politics by Hindenburg.
Anti-Semitism, Boycott and Krupp
o If Germany is going to look bad by boycotting Jewish businesses, it is going to
stain them internationally.
o The boycott is shortened (it was originally one week, but changed to one day).
Gobbels wants this so that the Jews know that they are not welcome.
Nazi Labour Front and Dr. Ley
o Dr. Ley was the government minister responsible for monitoring the labour
o The Nazi regime is organizing the labour movement.
o Money will be given as long as it’s not spent on armour.
o Gives the Nazis an opporuniy to tax companies.
o The economy is improving.
1935 – Confiscation of Jewish Property
Everything from the wealth of the synagogues, personal belongings, etc. are taken from
the Jews. All of the funds acquired go to the Nazi funds.
1939-40 – Hitler
Hitler becomes the wealthiest man in Europe.
One of his major sources of income is the profits from his book. Millions of marks went
into his account.
He never carried money on his person. He saw carrying money as a characteristic of the
poor and lower class.
He attempts to become the equivalent of the British monarchy.
He had personal chefs and brewers.
Everything that he owned (cars, clothes, etc.) were custom made, and he collected books