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Hitler: Word 'Socialist' in Nazi Party Name Means Commitment to Nation

Adolf Hitler, 1925

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Adolf Hitler delivers a speech in which he explains that by the word "socialist" in the title of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, he means commitment to the welfare of the nation.

Hitler explains:

"Whoever is prepared to make the national cause his own to such an extent that he knows no higher ideal than the welfare of his nation; whoever has understood our great national anthem, "Deutschland über Alles," to mean that nothing in the wide world surpasses in his eyes this German people and land — that man is a Socialist."

There appears to be little in the way of "socialism" in this definition of "socialist." Instead, it looks more like the definition of "nationalist." This apparent contradiction is resolved by the fact that anti-Semites used terms like "Social" and "Socialist" not to refer so much to socialism, but rather as an anti-Semitic message.

Describing a political party with such names means that it is opposed to Jews as powerful financial interests who oppress the working man. Few anti-Semitic political parties actually use a variation of the term "anti-Semitic" in their names; instead, most used Christian, Social, Socialist, German, and Nationalist, all of which are well-understood codes.

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