25 points: The Nazi Party Program

ProgramHitler and other key party leaders realized that in order to win the genuinely cutthroat competition (it was painfully evident that only one of over seventy nationalist groups will survive as there is room for only one such party in the market for nationalist ideologies), it needed one more crucial competitive advantage.

A powerful, attractive and inspirational party program.

Hitler later claimed that he was the sole author of the DAP/NSDAP program. However, in reality it was initially developed by Rudolf Jung – an ideologue and one of the leaders of the German Bohemian National Socialist movement.

It was Jung who convinced Hitler to add “National Socialist” to the name of German Workers’ Party (Hitler originally wanted to rename the German DAP the “Social Revolutionary Party”).

The DAP/NSDAP program thus was but an adaptation of Jung’s program by Anton Drexler, Adolf Hitler, Gottfried Feder and Dietrich Eckart. It was much more realistic program – by far – because unlike the Austrians, the Germans did not claim to being either liberal or democratic and opposed neither political reaction nor the aristocracy, yet advocated democratic institutions and voting rights for all Germans.

The program consisted of 25 points (statements) and was announced by Adolf Hitler on February 24th, 1920 to the audience of about 2,000 people. On the same day the party was officially remained the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (NSDAP) – the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.

In this section, I will perform a thorough analysis of this fundamental document that by and large determined decisions and actions by party leaders and officials for the whole 25 years of NSDAP existence.

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