National 'socialists' (was Re: US Authorities)
"Oh, and you do know that the 'zi' part of Nazi comes from 'sozialist', right?"
Whilst this is true, the inference that the NSDAP was leftist or socialist is incorrect, although commonly repeated, especially by American right-wing political commentators, to further their own agenda.
Although it's difficult to apply labels such as 'left-wing' or 'right-wing', in their current sense to parties that existed in the late 20s and early 30s in Germany, politically, the NSDAP was centrist to right-of-centre. Which is why they managed to collaborate, and got voted into power, with the help of the conservative DNVP (Deutsche Nationale Volkspartei, German National People's Party) and centrist (Centrums-Partei) party, a move that was opposed by the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, social democratic party) and KP (Kommunistische Partei, communist party). in fact, the votes of the KP were declared void, and the party dissolved after the 'Reichstagsbrand', in the wake of which the SA and SS arrested thousands of communists.
Furthermore, after the NSDAP's rise to power, thousands of non-jewish Germans were incarcerated in labour and concentration camps, and persecuted simply because they were members of the KP (Kommunistische Partei, communist party), the SPD (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, social democratic party), or members of socialist workers' organisations. A large number of those workers organisations, including the unions, and the "Naturfreunde" (a recreational organisation with historic links to the SPD and the unions), amongst countless others, were also outlawed and dismantled.
My grandfather on my father's side, for example, was sent to the Eastern front for being a member of the SPD.
So, to sum up, there's nothing 'socialist' about the NSDAP. Sorry for the long post, but this sort of thing really gets my goat, probably due to my family history.
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