Life for workers in Nazi Germany

The German people had suffered terribly during both the First World War, 1914-1918, and the Great Depression in the early 1930s.

A huge part of the Nazis’ appeal in the elections in 1933 was that they promised “Bread and work” and to make Germany’s economy strong again.

Hitler aimed for full employment.

He also wanted to make Germany self-sufficient (a concept known as autarky) in case there was war and he wanted to rearm Germany’s military.

He used a variety of methods to try to create jobs for the six million Germans unemployed in 1933.