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Angry Economist

The nazi economy was also very corrupt, which tended to affect efficiency and productivity.

Also, all those productive and human resources put into persecution of jews and minorities and the rest, and into extermination camps. And also significant levels of resources and people put into the SS activities of managing, destroying, exploiting conquered territories, especially in the east.

And then, the Germans were poor mass manufacturers. They might have had some of the most sophisticated weapons, but were sporadic producers of them. Whereas the Russians and Americans mass produced tanks based on the same chassis (T34 the classic example), the Germans kept running several designs and models, all with different parts and maintenance requirements. Virtually across all weapons types, the Germans ran many competing designs and productions lines whereas the allies mass produced a smaller range of robust weapons in larger numbers.

rmark

And for the Pacific War -http://www.combinedfleet.com/economic.htm

Prussian Blue

I'm pretty sure the "extermination camps" theory has been thoroughly debunked, unless we're talking about extermination of lice to prevent Typhus. As for humans, not a single autopsy supports the "gassings" allegation. Lots of starvation in the camps though, thanks to Allied aerial campaigns waged against the civilian population of Germany. And of course Marxists were eliminated. You can research, e.g., the Holodomor of 1932 and Lazar Kaganovich to see why they posed a threat.

As for the economy, the standard of living in the Third Reich rose considerably from Weimar levels. You can't measure it with GDP or GNP, since much of the economy was barter-based. But anyone who lived through that period will confirm that it was a success. Seems that dumping the Paper Mark, along with ending the system of usury perpetrated by the 'internationalists,' did the trick. Unfortunately people once again had to resort to eating horses a few-years into the war.

It was a difficult situation for Germany: The treacherous Versailles Treaty, the murderous Judeo-Bolshevik movement spreading, and the eventuality of yet another attack by militaristic France. What started as a legitimate border dispute with Poland -- perhaps coupled with the intention for some do-or-die eastward expansion -- escalated into WW2 when Britain and her bankers decided to attack.

Here's a nice quote for you:

WINSTON CHURCHILL
"Germany's unforgivable crime before the second world war," Churchill said," was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world's trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit." (Churchill to Lord Robert Boothby, quoted in the Foreword, 2nd Ed. Sydney Rogerson, 'Propaganda in the Next War' 2001, orig. 1938.)


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