Who would benefit from World War III

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While people are still grappling with unemployment and other consequences of the global economic crisis, the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) is taking power. The Reich Ministry of Economics supports public employment programs, from which untrained workers in particular benefit.

The situation stabilized in the mid-1930s: industrial production doubled within a few years, there was full employment, but wages remained low. Even if the past prosperity does not return: the worst now seems to be over.

From January 1933 on, Hitler and the NSDAP transformed the parliamentary democracy of the Weimar Republic into a totalitarian dictatorship. The industry demands more and more raw material imports - for the payment of which the Reichsbank can no longer raise the necessary foreign currencies (foreign exchange). As a way out, the Ministry of Economics and the Reichsbank decide the planned state regulation of all imports. Bilateral agreements are intended to remedy the shortage of foreign currency and secure the supply of raw materials.

The foreign exchange crisis clearly shows how dependent Germany is on world trade. With his autarky policy, Hitler made the independence of the German Reich the top economic goal. From 1936 the market economy is a thing of the past. The Ministry of Economic Affairs has the task of organizing economic management and primarily aligning it with the requirements of the war that has already been planned.

Hitler's secret memorandum on the four-year plan, August 1936 in: Wolfgang Michalka (ed.), Das Third Reich, Vol. 1, Munich 1985, pp. 188 f. (Www.bpb.de)

I. The German army must be operational in 4 years. II. The German economy must be capable of war in four years.