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Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler's Rise to Power, 1919-1933 Paperback – October 1, 1997
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We all know what Hitler's views were, but we haven't until Pool research, addressed what powerful forces were instrumental in his rise to power. As a history major, Pool represents what the craft of history is all about. A high recommended reading for anyone.
First, there was the fear for communism (Fritz Thyssen, Henri Deterding of Royal Dutch, Norman Montagu of the Bank of England ...). These people supported Hitler's party to win the working class and the ruined lower middle class away from communism.
Secondly, his anti-semitism (Henry Ford). Third, his racist/nationalist stance (the secret Thule society: a group of lawyers, judges, professors, policemen, aristocrats, scientists and businessmen). Fourth, friendly régimes (Mussolini).
And last but not least, the donations of his party members and his daily newspaper (a milk cow).
Pool gives us a penetrating picture of the political/economical situation in Germany after the First World War: the unbearable Versailles Treaty, the poverty, the unemployment, the hopeless division of the political parties and the plotting of von Papen and his backers, who supported Hitler when his party was losing support, for fear that his followers would jump over to the communists. Von Papen thought that after the elections, he would easily get rid of Hitler, a terrible mistake.
Pool convinced me of the ease with which money can subvert the democratic process.
One of the more controversial statements in this book is the reason of the abdication of King Edward VIII of England: not because of Mrs. Simpson, but because of his pro-Nazi attitude. This statement needed more underpinning.
The book is a chilling warning of what happens when democracy is subverted by oligarchs.
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Excellent book filled with a million historical anecdotes and facts which paint a multifaceted description of the era. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The financing of Hitler up until 1933 would have been minimal relative to what it took for Germany to arm itself to the extent it did. Read morePublished 3 months ago by pft
Will it surprise you to learn that in effect, it was American money that financed Germany's rise back to power before WWII?Published on January 5, 2014 by Diane Clifford
Initially I found the author to be rather biased and approached the book with caution, eventually as I read on I found it to quite well written. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Listen, I have only read 2 of 9 chapters, but the detail is most impressive. You can't go wrong with this. But I offer this caution on such subject matter. Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Scott H. Irving
It is mainstream book, there are missing links to Bank of England(Rothschld), mostly focused on financing inside of Germany, Thiessen, Krupp etc.Published on January 31, 2013 by MEHDI ZEJNULAHU
ery goog book about the money that helped fund Hitler's rise to power. Good book, good price, fast ship, thanks.Published on November 7, 2012 by John M. Wasilnak
James Pool is very detailed and knowledgeable regarding the rise of Hitler and National Socialism after World War I. Read morePublished on September 18, 2011 by Glen
this book changed a students whole outlook on hitler that he had done a term paper on and after reading the book asked his professor could he rewrite the paper. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Gerald Harris