Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why Hitler Didn't like the Term Nazi

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why Hitler Didn't like the Term Nazi

Article excerpt

MY SAY

LAURIE BARBER

ADOLF Hitler did not like being called a Nazi.

Nazi was a derogatory term for a backwards peasant, being a shortened version of Ignatius, a common name in Bavaria, the area from which the Nazis emerged.

The term Nazi derives from the first two syllables of the name given in German to a party member Nationalsozialist and was coined in response to the German term Sozi, an abbreviation of Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands (Social Democratic Party of Germany).

Members of the party referred to themselves as Nationalsozialisten (National Socialists), rarely as Nazis.

The term was in use before the rise of the party as a colloquial and derogatory word for a backward peasant, characterising an awkward and clumsy person.

In 1933, when Hitler assumed power of the German government, usage of the designation Nazi diminished in Germany, although Austrian anti-Nazis continued to use the term derogatorily.

Under the leadership of Hitler the National Socialist German Workers' Party developed into a mass movement and ruled Germany through totalitarian means from 1933 to 1945.

Founded in 1919 as the German Workers' Party, the group promoted German pride and anti-Semitism. Hitler joined the party the year it was founded and became its leader in 1921.

An older use of Nazi for national social is attested in German from 1903. …

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