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Nazism in Germany

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Introduction

National Socialism,  German Nationalsozialismus, also called Nazism or Naziism, was a totalitarian movement led by Adolf Hitler as head of the Nazi Party in Germany. In its intense nationalism, mass appeal, and dictatorial rule, National Socialism shared many elements with Italian fascism. However, Nazism was far more extreme both in its ideas and in its practice. In almost every respect it was an anti-intellectual and atheoretical movement, emphasizing the will of the charismatic dictator as the sole source of inspiration of a people and a nation, as well as a vision of annihilation of all enemies of the Aryan Volk as the one and only goal of Nazi policy. (Britannica, 2015)

Rise of the Nazis

Discovery TV. (2009, September 3). Rise of the Nazis [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2YEUhHFMHY

Rise of National Socialism

German Propaganda Archive