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It Never Occurred to Them

John Connelly: The Nazi Volksstaat, 27 August 2009

Hitler’s Beneficiaries: How the Nazis Bought the German People 
by Götz Aly, translated by Jefferson Chase.
Verso, 448 pp., £19.99, August 2007, 978 1 84467 217 2
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... What was the point of Nazism? Götz Aly, Germany’s most influential popular historian, has a new answer: it was for the good of the German people. In his view, the National Socialists were as much socialist as they were national, and they genuinely sought to better the lives of ordinary Germans. Aly makes compelling arguments to back up this unlikely thesis ...

Rule by Inspiration

John Connelly: A balanced view of the Holocaust, 7 July 2005

The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy 1939-42 
by Christopher Browning.
Arrow, 615 pp., £9.99, April 2005, 0 09 945482 3
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... was a part of ‘starvation policy’: a ‘means’ of managing broader economic interests. Götz Aly and Susanne Heim have been struck by concerns about ‘overpopulation’ in Eastern Europe voiced in the correspondence of Nazi technocrats. For them, the Holocaust was a part of larger plans to modernise a backward region where too many people ...

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