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In what ways were the lives of workers effected by the social policies of the Nazi Party? Explain your answer. (8 marks)

Workers were greatly affected by the Nazis between the years 1933 and 1939. They were affected because the Nazis wanted to keep the workers happy and satisfied so they would not revolt against them, because before 1933 workers were not strong supporters of the NSDAP. Therefore, many schemes were implemented in order to do this. One of these schemes was Strength through Joy (KdF), which gave workers rewards for their work, such as very cheap (or even free) hollidays. For example, between 1936 and 1937 1 million hikes were organised by the KdF. Therefore, this scheme made workers happy and more likely to support Hitler, which was important because the NSDAP needed workers to help with rearmament.However, the main aim of Nazi social policies towards workers was to actually maintain control over them and the reality of this control did not benefit all workers. For example, in 1936 30 million workers were members of the KdF, but only 7.4 million took part in an organised KdF trip in 1936. Furthermore, Hitler banned all trade unions because he did not want a repeat of the November Uprising in 1918, where the trade unions revolted and took control of Germany. Therefore, Hitler set up The Labour Front (DAF), which replaced trade unions. However, the DAF was more in favour of employer's wishes instead of workers' wishes. This was because businessmen were large supporters of the Nazi Party and so DAF helped to keep businessmen in favour of the NSDAP whilst keeping control over workers.

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