While Mussolini was forging the first fascist state in Italy,
back here in Germany ,Hitler was taking notes .
Once out of prison,
he played on many of the same themes as Mussolini
rousing a disillusionedworkforce, reviving a struggling economy,
and fixing what was considereda weak government.
the boom times of the Roaring Twenties
blunted his populist message
but then Great Depression hitin 1929.
The working masseswere angry again
and Hitler’s promisesgained traction.
Fascism was nowtaking root in Germany.
-So Hitler promised ,
[chuckle] jobs,jobs,jobs to everybody ,
and of course people needed jobs
That was exactlywhat they wanted to hear.
-Hitler promised the people everything,
everything they wanted.
He promised thema bright future.
He promised them work.
he promised them Lebensraum, living space
-Hitler was a powerful,mesmerizing speaker.
-People were takenby Hitler’s speech,
not so much by the beautyof his arguments
but by his sheer fanaticism,
by his anger, by his rage
and his repetitive rhetoric
and people eyewitness accounts
described it as a barbaric primitive effect
-What he was telling peoplewas a disaster,
but the performance he delivered
was a big artistic show
-He repeated a lie endlessly
and he didn’t make it a small lie he made it a big lie.
and he kept hammering it into their heads.
He also dumbed it downas much as possible.
-His simplistic promises were made to order for his political base…
…more prosperityand expanded borders
for more room in which to live,or Lebensraum.
-Fascism is perceived as a strong movement with simple answers for complicated problems.
-Giving simple answersand simple solutions,
that’s exactlywhat people wanted to hear
because that gave them the hopethat it will change soon;
not in 10 years, but now.
-He blamed Germany’s problemson scapegoats,
like Jews and Communists.
Fears that the Communistrevolution in Russia would spread to Germany,
People were singing, “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles .”
Germany above all,above all the world,”
and they trusted Hitlerto take them there.