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Who Financed Hitler: The Secret Funding of Hitler's Rise to Power 1919 - 1933 Paperback – June 10, 1978

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 535 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Press; First Paperback Edition edition (June 10, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803789416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803789418
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read both of Pool books, and I've found them both very insightful on the American, England and German "money" interest in the Nazi's rise to power. Without their backing, Germany would have fallen into a communist state in the early 1930s. Certainly, the high-powered money interest of Europe preferred the Nazi Party to the communist. This is why the "money" interest supported the Nazi party. Understanding this truth is key in understanding the Nazis rise to power.
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.
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Pool is able to give us a compelling report about who really financed the Nazi-party and why Hitler had friends in high places, and that despite the fact that many first hand historical documents disappeared.
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.
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As a novice reader in this area I found the book tremendously helpful in setting the context for Hitler's inexorable rise to power and illuminating the financial machinations that made it possible. His political adversaries badly underestimated him and the Allies sowed the seeds of WW2 as far back as the punitive Versailles treaty. He was an opportunist par excellence and obviously capable of great evil but Mr. Pool does an admirable job of presenting the everyday, human side of Hitler and the Nazi movement. After all, despite the carnage he wrought he was a man born like the rest of us. Many others, including representatives of countries who eventually ended up sacrificing the flower of their youth to contain his destructive actions, aided and abetted the formation of a totalitarian state. Mr.Pool's greatest achievement is making the book read like a rather exciting novel. It is not at all dry as the title might suggest. You feel a certain sense of tension and anticipation as they struggle towards their utterly contemptuous goals. The great tragedy is that the average Nazi Party member, and the other politicians who tried to use the Hitler bandwagon for their own more moderate aims, thought they were doing a good thing for Germany. Sadly they could not control the beast they unleashed. I look forward to reading the sequel "Hitler's Secret Partners 1933-45".
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This great work concentrates solely on the most important aspect of the Third Reich: who and what were responsible for the success of its leader. History is replete with accounts of bought and sold politicians and the inevitable tragedies that result from the merging of corrupt politicians with political power. Hitler's story is simply the most ominous, tragic, and pure evil of them all - the Mother of corrupt politician sagas, if you will, and is accurately recounted here in well-documented detail. The book thoroughly describes and documents the various moneyed interests, both individual, such as Henry Ford (the subject of entire chapter, including a stunning photo of Henry Ford receiving the Grand Cross of the German Eagle from the Nazis), and organizations and groups, such as virtually the entire German coal and steel industry, who bought Hitler and raised the Nazi Party from failure and obscurity into the nemesis it became. Hitler returned the favor by fronting for their interests, such as by suppressing (and ultimately removing) those within the Nazi Party who believed in such socialist agendas as nationalizing industry, and by advocating for rule by business hegemons, just as their modern-day counterparts, the neoconservatives, do today: "The capitalists have worked their way to the top through their capacity, and on the basis of this selection, which again only proves their higher race, they have a right to lead." - The book quoting Hitler from Nazi leader Otto Strasser's book "Hitler and I" (1940).
The book is a chilling warning of what happens when democracy is subverted by oligarchs.
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