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The number of Nazi Party members vs German population?

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  1. SodaPop

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    How many people were part of the Nazi party in Germany during WWII?

    How many people were eligible to vote in Germany in the 1930's ?


    How much of the population actually supported Hitler in the elections?
     
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    In 1933, the membership amounted to 1.6 million. By 1936, it reached 4.4 million members when membership requirements were tightened, making it extremely hard to join the party. It reached a maximum membership of around 6 million or about 7% of the German population.
     
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    Pretty informative. Unbelievable that the Nazis were such a minority. :what:
     
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    That leaves 93% that didn't stop them.


    Unbelievable.
     
  7. Sean Smith

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    Well, the party intentionally restricted membership after a certain point. The percent of the population that supported the Nazis was actually much larger than the party membership rolls suggest.

    Election results: date votes in millions share
    May 20, 1928 0.81 2.6%
    September 14, 1930 6.41 18.3%
    July 31, 1932 13.75 37.3%
    November 6, 1932 11.74 33.1%
    March 5, 1933 17.28 43.9%

    The Nazi party never got the majority of the votes, but was the biggest single party in the country by 1932. Together with the other hard-right parties in the Reichstag, it had enough votes to push through the Enabling Act that essentially gave Hitler absolute power. After 1933, the Nazis rigged all the elections, so the results of "votes" held after that date don't really tell you anything.
     
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    According to one of my college German teachers, who was a girl at the time, the ordinary people of Germany and Austria loved Hitler until it became apparent the war was lost.
     
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    Membership is different than voting.

    Hitler viewed the party as a vanguard, as did Lenin. You should think of the Nazi party as functioning like the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, not at all the same thing as the Republican or Democratic party here. The Nazis intended to restrict membership to 10%, but never really had to cut it off.

    Hitler never won a real majority until he had control of the government. He was indeed popular after regaining the Rhineland and taking Austria and the Sudetenland. He was popular again after the German army beat the French. But it is virtually impossible to get poll numbers in a dictatorship.
     
  10. bountyhunter

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    And the most famous lie about the subject is that:


    1) Hitler was a german (he was actually Austrian)



    Austria was then (and still is) today the cradle of Nazi-ism, deapite the fact it is generally associated with Germany. It should also be noted that the Nazi party used murder to slaughter the opposition when it suited their purpose.

    FWIW, it's a good point about small percentages controlling the fates of countries when they can win support among the population..... I was just reading about how strong our position in Iraq is because the "insurgents" make up only a small percentage of the population...
     
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    Makes sense. After all, the Antis control the media. Look at all the gun control nonsense we have to deal with day to day....
     
  12. Dave Markowitz

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    An excellent book on this subject is The Nazi Seizure of Power , by William Sheridan Allen, ISBN 531-05633-3.
     
  13. another okie

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    The Nazi party was founded in Munich, in Germany, in the Sterneckerbrau beer hall. Hitler was an Austrian citizen at that time, and remained one until he became German chancellor in 1933, despite the fact that he evaded service in the Austrian army and served in the German army. Since Hitler, and most other Nazis, thought in terms of race rather than nationality, Hitler's nominal citizenship was not all that important to other members of the party.

    There is a wonderful book about Hitler's life in Austria, "Hitler's Vienna". I can't remember the author right now; it may be Brigitte Haman. Hitler's best friend as a young man also wrote a memoir of Hitler, which was translated into English and published as "The Young Hitler I Knew" by August Kubizek. Put those two together and you have a good picture of the Austrian background of Hitler.

    I'm also a big fan of Allen's book. If you're looking for a copy, be aware that in the first edition he gave the town a false name to protect the privacy of the residents, but in the second edition the town is correctly named, so if you're buying a used copy look for the second edition.
     
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    True, but my warning was directed to what exists today. Germany is making an active effort to see that the Nazi atrocities are not sanitized in their history books, including openly attacking the liars who are gathering support by selling the notion that the Holocaust never happened. The German government is working hard at stemming the neo-nazi movement which has (unfortunately) a lot of support in the area. Austria is not making that effort and the "racial supremacy" doctrines that underpin the nazi philosophy are alive and well there, as well as the neo-nazi movement.
     
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    I agree with that. There is a school of thought in Austria which portrays them as "The First Victim" of Nazism. I don't think there's any real danger in either country, though. Most young people in almost all European countries are very anti-war. Unless someone launches a terror attack on the World Cup they are not likely to ever be in favor of military action.
     
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