A history of national socialism by Konrad Heiden

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The Party as such, however, was intended to become an instrument for foreign policy. This had also been the idea of Drexler, who was prepared to leave everything in the hands of the Supreme Military Command. The Great General Staff no longer existed, but the character of the new Party as an instrument of policy remained unchanged. ” This “nation,” however, consisted of the Reichswehr officers, of men like Epp and Röhm, who now saw their pupil Hitler working as a sapper in the political terrain.

Things which did not belong together were forced into union simply because they were being jointly combated. ” FOR WHOM WAS HITLER FIGHTING? In this case, as in so many others, it may be presumed that enmity existed before the enemy was known. The end of the War had not been the most dignified for Germany. It had neither won a war against superior odds, as had once the Dutch, nor had it perished on a funeral pyre, as Carthage or Mexico in their day. On the contrary, its Commander-in-Chief had lost his nerve, its Emperor had taken to flight, and its people had not had the power to resist revolution.

Pöhner once replied: “Oh, really? ” Until the beginning of 1923 other groups were more important politically. But since the Nazis always showed the greatest effrontery, they were obviously obliged to make greater demands upon the goodwill of the police than their rivals. Disturbances, fisticuffs in halls and in the streets, earned for the Party a greater popularity than that enjoyed by the German Socialist and People’s Parties. It achieved a very dubious reputation, but that was better than having no reputation at all, like its rivals.

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