Hitler’s Achievements in Social Life

  1. In Weimar Republic (as in the Imperial Germany), the German society was dominated by aristocracy. Social lifts (upward social mobility for “lower classes”) was severely limited. Adolf Hitler (who himself started at the very bottom of social ladder) eliminated these social barriers, radically improving the upward mobility for the “common man”
  2. Adolf Hitler developed and implemented a comprehensive program to encourage and support the social and economic mobility of German workers. His government greatly expanded vocational training programs, and offered generous incentives for further advancement of efficient workers
  3. Essentially, Adolf Hitler eliminated the class system altogether, replacing it with egalitarian society where everyone worked for the common good and everyone shared in the proceeds according to his or her contribution
  4. For the first time in German history, Adolf Hitler created a genuinely unified society. Unified around a common goal – making Germany secure, prosperous and genuinely happy
  5. Adolf Hitler transformed the post-war Germany (post-Great War that is) broken, dejected and bowed down with a sense of apprehension and impotence into a nation full of hope and confidence. Helplessness and hopelessness were replaced with feelings of security, confidence and self-assurance
  6. An important expression of national confidence was a sharp increase in the birth rate. Within a year after Hitler came to power, the birth rate in Germany jumped by 22%. For every two children born in Germany in 1932, three were born four years later (a 50% increase).
  7. Adolf Hitler radically improved working and living conditions of the working class by providing substantial fringe benefits for workers that included subsidized housing, low-cost excursions, sports programs, and more pleasing factory facilities. These facilities included better health and safety conditions, canteens with subsidized hot meals, athletic fields, parks, subsidized theater performances and concerts, exhibitions, sports and hiking groups, dances, adult education courses, and subsidized tourism
  8. Adolf Hitler significantly expanded the already extensive network of social welfare programs, including old age insurance and a national health care program
  9. Adolf Hitler radically decreased the crime rate in Germany. Sir Arnold Wilson, a British M.P. who visited Germany seven times after Hitler had come to power, observed that “The criminal courts have never had so little to do and the prisons have never had so few occupants”
  10. Adolf Hitler radically reduced infant mortality in Germany (it as much lower than in the UK, for example), tuberculosis and other diseases and radically improved the overall health of the German population.
  11. Adolf Hitler radically improved the emotional well-being of Germans. This was not only a result of the radical improvements in the economy, but of many Germans’ heightened sense of identification with the national purpose
  12. Adolf Hitler succeeded in persuading formerly skeptical and even hostile Germans of his (and his government’s and his party’s) sincerity, resolve and ability. This fostered trust and confidence, which in turn encouraged businessmen to hire and invest, and consumers to spend with confidence in the future.
  13. In short, Hitler transformed a very unhappy German society of the Weimar Republic into one of the happiest (if not the happiest) nations in the world
  14. Adolf Hitler (a big lover of animals) banned vivisection – the then commonplace practice of performing cruel operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research. Nazi Germany was the first country to ban vivisection in the world, enacting a total ban in April 1933. Most current laws in Germany, and indeed in the world, are derived from the laws put forth by the Nazi government
  15. When the Nazis came to power in 1933, their concerns not only laid with the people, but with the animals native to Germany. In 1934, a national hunting law was passed to regulate how many animals could be killed per year, and to establish proper ‘hunting seasons’. These hunting laws have now been applied in most western countries. in 1935, another law was passed, the Reich Nature Protection Act. This law placed several native species on a protection list including the wolf and the Eurasian lynx. Without this law is likely some species would have completely disappeared from Germany’s forests.
  16. Hitler hated smoking so much that he began one of the most expensive and effective anti-smoking movements in human history. The Nazis banned smoking in restaurants and public transportation systems, citing public health, and severely regulated the advertising of smoking and cigarettes. There was also a high tobacco tax, and the supplies of cigarettes to the Wehrmacht were rationed. Several health organizations in Nazi Germany even began claiming that smoking heightened the risks of miscarriages by pregnant women, now a commonly known fact.
  17. And then he lost the war. Which all but completely destroyed the German society

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