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originally posted by: MystikMushroom
The Nazi's had ties to English corporations/companies before the two countries went to war. I found an old photo album of a car racing event sponsored by BP, in which Nazi insignia were proudly being displayed all over, as well as the British Petroleum logo of the time period.
Needless to say, it disappeared from the antique shop...
Just as in any event in history, there were a LOT of things going on behind the scenes that the average rank-and-file German didn't know about.
The völkisch movement had its origins in Romantic nationalism, as it was expressed by early Romantics such as Johann Gottlieb Fichte in his Addresses to the German Nation published during the Napoleonic Wars, from 1808 onwards, especially the eighth address, “What is a Volk, in the higher sense of the term, and what is love of the fatherland?," where he answered his question of what could warrant the noble individual's striving "and his belief in the eternity and the immortality of his work," by replying that it could only be that "particular spiritual nature of the human environment out of which he himself, with all of his thought and action... has arisen, namely the people from which he is descended and among which he has been formed and grown into that which he is".
The movement combined sentimental patriotic interest in German folklore, local history and a "back-to-the-land" anti-urban populism with many parallels in the writings of William Morris. "In part this ideology was a revolt against modernity," A. J. Nicholls remarked. The dream was for a self-sufficient life lived with a mystical relation to the land; it was a reaction to the cultural alienation of the Industrial revolution and the "progressive" liberalism of the later 19th century and its urbane materialist banality. Similar feelings were expressed in the US during the 1930s by the populist writers grouped as the Southern Agrarians.
In addition the völkisch movement, as it evolved, sometimes combined the arcane and esoteric aspects of folkloric occultism alongside "racial adoration" and, in some circles, a type of anti-Semitism linked to exclusionary ethnic nationalism. The ideas of völkisch movements also included anti-communist, anti-immigration, anti-capitalist and anti-Parliamentarian principles. The völkisch ideas of "national community" (Volksgemeinschaft) came more and more to exclude Jews.
They'd make Germany great again, get other countries to stop meddling in their affairs, bring jobs back to the people, oh and they blamed a certain religious group for all of their problems (real or imagined).
While there are some important differences, there are quite a number of parallels to the turn American conservatism has taken in recent years.
The way many people, particularly right-wingers, talk about Muslims is reminiscent of what was (and though less popular still is) alleged about the Jewish people; they won't assimilate, their religion makes it impossible for them to exist under secular rule of law, they're invasive, they've infiltrated/are infiltrating governments where they live, they're an impediment to cultural cohesion, etc.