of the Right was the Economic Party, made up of small shopkeepers
and independent artisans, with anti-Semitism the dominant element
in its platform. As the crisis developed, the People's Party went into
decline, and the Economic Party began to be swallowed up by the
Nazis. The playing back and forth, the maneuvering which had
taken place during stabilization between Stresemann and Hugenberg, now began between Hugenberg and Hitler. The emergence
of the National Socialist Party as the main body of reaction was
signalized by the fact that the industrialists, who had previously
limited themselves to encouragement and financial support of Hitler,
began to participate directly in party affairs. The most prominent
of Hitler's new adjutants was the steel magnate Fritz Thyssen. His
conversion, although he had been associated with the Nazis since 1923, was evidence of the feeling among Germany's economic
rulers that democracy could be tolerated no longer.
THE PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL SOCIALIST
GERMAN WORKERS' PARTYTHE PROGRAM of the German Workers' Party is limited as to
period. The leaders have no intention, once the aims announced
in it have been achieved, of setting up fresh ones, merely in order
to increase the discontent of the masses artificially and so ensure
the continued existence of the party.
|1. ||We demand the union of all Germans to form a Great Germany on the basis of the right of self-determination of nations.|
|2. ||We demand equality of rights for the German people in its
dealings with other nations, and abolition of the Peace Treaties of Versailles and Saint-Germain.|
|3. ||We demand land and territory [colonies] for the nourishment
of our people and for settling our surplus population.|
|4. ||None but members of the nation [Volksgenossen] may be
citizens of the State. None but those of German blood, whatever
their creed, may be members of the nation. No Jew, therefore, may
be a member of the nation.|
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Book title: Germany: a Self-Portrait:A Collection of German Writings from 1914 to 1943.
Contributors: Harlan R. Crippen - Editor.
Publisher: Oxford University Press.
Place of publication: London.
Publication year: 1944.
Page number: 257.
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