Rosenberg, Alfred

Introduction

Inhoudsopgave

Alfred Rosenbergís career envelops nearly the entire National socialism in Germany. He was the party ideologist who later held a few more or less important posts in the Nazi government. Rosenberg is considered the person who has developed the essentials points of the Nazi ideology and put them to paper.

Rosenberg built an ideological foundation under the abolition of the Treaty of Versailles, the National socialist racial theory, the persecution of the Jews, the notion of Lebensraum (space to live) and the ban on degenerate art. His rejection of Christianity in favour of a "Nordic religion of the blood" could not count on the cordial agreement of Hitler but in real life, Rosenbergís ideas of a new religion had an influence on Nazi policy which must not be underestimated.

Rosenbergís interests lay mainly in the sphere of religion and philosophy. He lacked the charisma and political cunning of other Nazi leaders. In the Third Reich, he therefore occupied a more or less isolated position among the high ranking N.S.D.A.P. officials.

Definitielijst

ideology
A collection of principles and ideas of a certain system.
Jews
Middle Eastern people with own religion that lived in Palestine. They distinguished themselves by their strong monotheism and the strict observance of the Law and tradition. During World War 2 the Jewish people were ruthlessly persecuted and annihilated by the German Nazis. . An estimated 6,000,000 Jews were exterminated.
Lebensraum
ďLiving spaceĒ. Nazi term indicating the need for the overpopulated German lands to expand.
National socialism
A political ideology drawn up by Hitler based on the superiority of the German race, the leader principle and fierce nationalism that was fed by the hard Peace of Versailles. National socialism was anti-democratic and racist. The doctrine was elaborated in Mein Kampf and organised in the NSDAP. From 1933 to 1945 National socialism was the basis of totalitarian Germany.
Nazi
Abbreviation of a national socialist.
socialism
Political ideology aiming at slight or no class differences. Means of production are owned by the state. Evolved as a response to capitalism. Karl Marx tried to substantiate socialism scientific.

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Alfred Rosenberg (1893 - 1946)

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Translated by:
Arnold Palthe
Article by:
Robert Jan Noks
Published on:
03-12-2015
Last edit on:
25-07-2017
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