The Nazi Party (NSDAP, formally the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or in English National Socialist German Workers' Party) was a totalitarian movement and party in Germany from 1919-1945. It was controlled after 1922 by Adolf Hitler. In 1933 the Nazis came to power in Germany and took control of the government and most sectors of Germany's society and economy. The Nazi regime in Germany 1933-45 called itself the Third Reich. The Nazis rearmed Germany, conquered the neighbors, murdered six million Jewish civilians and an estimated 15 million other 'undesirables' in the Holocaust and was finally destroyed in World War II by the Allies (the United States, Britain and the Soviet Union, along with smaller countries). Like Hitler, the Nazis have become synonymous with evil in the modern world.
The socialism Hitler advocated is much closer to that of Soviet communism than liberals are willing to admit, or than many people realize, especially those who think in terms of "right wing" and "left wing" politics.
Notes and references
- "Nazi" comes from the first word in the party's name, Nationalsozialistische.
- Why Nazism Was Socialism and Why Socialism Is Totalitarian - George Reisman - Mises Institute.