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  1. Unit 1: The World in Crisis

    1. Impact of World War I in Europe
    14 Topics
  2. 2. Stalin's Soviet Union
    12 Topics
  3. 3. Hitler's Germany
    27 Topics
  4. 4. Outbreak WWII in Europe
    13 Topics
  5. 5. Germany's Defeat in World War II
    21 Topics
  6. 6. Outbreak War in Asia Pacific
    6 Topics
  7. 7. Japan's Defeat
    10 Topics
  8. Unit 2: Bi-Polarity and the Cold War
    8. Reasons for the Cold War in Europe
    21 Topics
  9. 9. The Korean War
    19 Topics
  10. 10. Cuban Missile Crisis
    25 Topics
  11. 11. The End of Cold War
    19 Topics
Chapter 3, Topic 19
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Economic Impact of Hitler’s Ruling (Organising Workers’ Leisure Time)

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Organising workers’ leisure time

• The Nazis realised that workers’ support was vital and offered them some benefits to placate them.
• Nazi propaganda praised workers for playing an important role in Germany’s efforts
• The DAF set up schemes such as ‘Strength Through Joy’ or ‘Kraft durch Freude’ (KdF), which provided cheap theatre and cinema tickets, organised courses and cultural and sports events.

  • The main aim was to control peoples’ leisure time; these activities & holidays had a lot of appeal.
  • The state scheme by which workers could save five Marks a week towards a cheap car, the KdF-Wagen, was also extremely popular.

• Another DAF scheme, the ‘Beauty of Labour’, also aimed to improve working conditions for workers.

  • Conditions in factories were improved; washing facilities and low-cost canteens were set up.

• While Germany’s economy seemed to improve, it was at the expense of workers’ wages & benefits.