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A history of national socialism by Konrad Heiden

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When in October 1919 Hitler spoke for the first time in the comparative publicity of an audience of something over a hundred people, Harrer at the conclusion stepped on to the platform and uttered a warning against noisy anti-Semitism. For at this period the youthful Party still felt itself to be a Party of the Left. ” It was a subject beloved of the Reichswehr, just as the treaty of Brest-Litovsk had been a peace according to Reichswehr ideas. It was Hitler’s desire, if not his duty, to destroy the idea that the Peace of Versailles was a just punishment for the hard conditions of the dictated peace of Brest-Litovsk.

In the summer of 1922, at the Munich Trade Exhibition in Peter Behrens’ Dombauhütte, a somewhat expressionistic image of Christ by Gies displeased the conservative taste of the inhabitants of Munich. Hitler threatened that unless the image were removed he would bring in some of his followers and smash it. The image was removed. Hitler does not seem to have observed that the Christ was conceived nordically. None of these things, of course, appear in Mein Kampf (My Struggle). Any historian of the National Socialist movement must admit that its excesses show an audacity and a restless activity that Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 08:49 29 August 2012 Hitler’s Fight for the Party Leadership 37 contained many of the seeds of success.

Downloaded by [INFLIBNET Centre] at 08:49 29 August 2012 16 A History of National Socialism “15. We demand that provision for the aged shall be made on a very greatly increased scale. “16. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle class; that the large stores shall be immediately communalized and rented cheaply to small tradespeople; that for all public supplies, whether national or local, preference shall be given to small traders. “17. We demand an agrarian reform suitable to our national requirements; the enactment of a law to expropriate without compensation the owners of any land that may be needed for national purposes; the abolition of ground rents; and the prohibition of all speculation in land.

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