Swastikas by the Seaside

Peter Monteath discusses the origins and fate of a huge Nazi holiday camp planned to invigorate the German workforce by means of ‘Strength through Joy’.

In their efforts to tame the working class – potentially the largest source of opposition to the regime –  the Nazis resorted to tactics of violence and intimidation even from early on. It is sometimes forgotten  that besides the frequently wielded stick, the carrot was also more sparingly deployed. It was dangled before the eyes of the German workers in the hope that they would find fitting reward for their political acquiescence and their toil in the service of the Fatherland.

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