As the video is in Spanish, what I am going to do is explain the WW2 youtuber's claims in this forum, I will try to be as brief as possible. With that said, let's get started: As he himself says in this video, the source in which he supports his affirmations is Adam Tooze's book, The Wages of Destruction: The Making And Breaking Of The Nazi Economy. Although he also says that we can find information similar to what he offers in this video with a simple search on the internet "in minimally serious sites" (although he does not mention which ones).
Then (from min. 1:08 to min. 1:21) he disqualifies as "conspiracy theorists" those who say that World War II was a war caused by international financial Jewry against Germany due to the successful economic system that Adolf Hitler implanted in his country.
Then from min. 1:45 says that in 1932 there were 5.600.000 million unemployed in Germany and although he admits that in the year 1938 unemployment was reduced almost entirely (according to him in 1933 there were 4.800.000 unemployed, in 1934 they were 2.700.000 unemployed, in 1935 they were 2.100.000 unemployed, in 1936 they were 1.600.000, in 1937 they were 900.000 unemployed and in 1938 they were 400.000 unemployed), he attributes this decrease in unemployment to the fact that Hitler's government took away German citizenship to the Jews, closed the businesses owned by the Jews and expelled from his jobs to all public servants who were Jewish, thus creating new job opportunities and because the Jews were deprived of German citizenship, 523.000 people (according to him that is the number of
Jews in Germany) were excluded from the numbers of unemployed. He also says that all women were excluded from the unemployment rates and that the Nationalsocialist leaders said that the role of German women should be to take care of homes and families and therefore work was
not their role (I suppose that this idiot will never have heard nothing about Hanna Reitsch or Leni Riefenstahl). He also says that another measure to reduce the number of unemployed was the establishment of the Reichsarbeitsdienst, where men between 18 and 25 years had to work 6 months for the state (according to him, working up to 74 hours per week). He says that RAD members were sent to work in work stations where they were fed free of charge. He also says that any man who received a job offer was obliged to accept it and that if he refused he could be sent by law to a concentration camp or to jail.
He also says that the main reason that led to the creation of jobs was the fact that the leaders of the Third Reich were preparing for a war (although he admits that the German people did not know the alleged warmonger intentions of their leaders) and therefore the armamentistic industry played the leading role in this whole affair. In the min. 3:30 says that the claims of the Nationalsocialist propaganda (both that directed at the German population and that directed to the foreign population) that the German economic miracle was due to the state's inversion in public buildings were lies and just an excuse for hiding the German military rearmament which, according to him, was being carried out in secret due to the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. He then insists in that the massive economic and labor growth in Germany during the Hitler era was due to massive state inversion in the armamentistic industry, heavy engineering, metallurgy, aeronautical industry, construction of fortifications,
rubber, mineral exploitation of low grade, etc. To "prove" this point he states that in 1932 in Germany there were 3200 workers assigned to the aeronautical industry and that in 1938 there were more than 246.000 workers just to produce military aircraft.
In the min. 4:26 detracts from the famous Reichsautobahn and says that at their peak it only generated 120.000 jobs and only 38.000 workers were employed on average (according to him the Nationalsocialist propaganda said that it would generate more than 600.000 jobs).
Although he later admits that many more public works were built apart from the Reichsautobahn during the Third Reich, he reiterates his position that the war industry was always the greatest economic and labor incentive.
In the min. 4:44 he shows a graph of the gold and currency reserves of Germany during the 1930s, in which according to it there were in July 1935 100 million, which according to him only covered the payment of imports for a week if the imports were minimal (that is, according to him Hitler banned almost all types of imports, which he says promoted employment in Germany). In other words, according to him, Germany had no money. But if Germany had no money, then how did Hitler promote public works and other necessities? He says he could print more money (although that could lead to higher inflation and more poverty). He then says that Hitler created the MEFO bonds, which according to him is a parallel currency invented by the state that did not submit to common economic laws, that is, he printed bonds instead of printing marks, thus avoiding any inflation.
He then mentions that the man in charge of printing the MEFO bonds was the Minister of the Economy of the Reich between 1934 and 1937, Hjalmar Schacht and says that he used the bonds in the following way: the State paid 50% of the total price to companies and companies with bonds. they were forced to create more jobs to get paid. He also says that the other 50% was a promissory note that was supposed to be paid
later. He says that this parallel currency boosted the economy of the whole of Germany but in an "artificial" way according to him.
According to him in theory all these bonds and promissory notes should have been paid in 1938, which he says never happened and that Schacht
when he realized that it was never intended to pay these bonds in 1938 (with the enormous economic crisis that this would cause) resigned from his position and then Hermann Göring assumed the post of the Minister of the Economy of the Reich until 1938.
He also says that all the public works that were built in the Third Reich were financed with MEFO bonds and that exactly the same happened with the industries.
He then he says in the min. 6:55 that in 1938 the German economy was on the verge of collapse and was close to bankruptcy and the Anschluss
(with the "appropriation" of the Austrian economy and resources) was what temporarily stabilized the German economy. To "prove" his point,
he puts in the min. 7:12 a quote from Adam Tooze's book that reads as follows:
Thank to the Austrian loot, in 1938 Germany could have
had a trade deficit of almost 450 million Reichsmarks, larger than at any time since 1929. In other words. Despite the appropriation of all the wealth of Austria, Germany, in 1938, had a deficit greater than that caused by the crisis of the "Crack of 1929".
In the min. 7:26 he acknowledges that Hitler's government created employment (although he says that many skilled professionals did manual labor), considerably improved living conditions for Germans, and that the German worker had paid vacations (although he says that it were very short). Yet he says that in order to control this "fictitious economy", Adolf Hitler set the prices, lowering them. To prove his point, he says that wages in Germany between 1933 and 1939 were lower (except for the year 1934) than they were in the year 1928.
He later says that German industry, especially the military industry, was growing more and more but that the population's consumer goods were not available to the majority of Germans.
He says that the average German worker in the Third Reich earned 35 Reichsmarks per week and that for example a good Watch cost 300 RM (ie the salary of 3 months of work).
According to him, when the start of the Second World War was approaching, the NSDAP authorities promoted access to consumer goods so that the German population was increasingly happy with their personal situation. For example, he calls the creation of the Volkswagen in 1934 (which cost RM 990 and with which the average German citizen could purchase and travel on modern German highways) as "a very propagandistic idea". He says that 336.000 people availed themselves of this generous funding from the Volkswagens but that none of these vehicles were delivered to these people. He then says that this project was economically unviable and that it was only carried out thanks to state financing with those MEFO bonds that were never paid.
He also says that the Reichsautobahn were not opened to cyclists until 1943 because they were almost empty and used mainly by the Wehrmacht and the Waffen-SS.
In the min. 9:38 says he shows a column about RM expenses and income in Germany between 1928 and 1939. According to data showing the year
in which the most was spent and entered, in 1938-39, the income was 17.7 billion RM but costs 32.9. In other words, according to the data
he shows, more than double what was entered was spent and his debt for 1939 was according to him, 41.7 billion RM. He says that Hitler created an economic bubble by incentivizing the German economy with bonds that he could not pay in order to finance the military industry
and win the support of the German people with the jobs generated. He also says that before the economic bubble burst, the Nationalsocialist
leaders knew that Germany would go to war and that the state would continue to finance all the debt that was to come during the war thus hiding the promising but false economy generated.
Then in the min. 10:56 he says that once the war started, the German economy would survive by requisitioning all the wealth of the occupied countries, even the gold of the civilian population.
Then he quotes an alleged phrase that Adolf Hitler would have said in a speech to his generals on August 22, 1939 in Berchtesgaden announcing that they would soon invade Poland and unleash a war, the Führer allegedly said:
We have nothing to lose, we have everything to gain. Our economic situation is such that we can only maintain it for a few more years. Göring can confirm that, we must act.
And finally he the video ends by saying the following, I translate his literal words:
Germany artificially improved its economy, creating an economic bubble that could only end up exploding and lead the country to a worse situation than it was in 1933. Germany created a castle of cards with which it promoted an artificial economic miracle, but it was only possible to do it and hide it by provoking a warlike conflict.
But the thing does not end here, I have been able to follow him on his Twitter, he has published several comments reiterating his position on the "artificial" Nationalsocialist economy. In this first tweet he posted a picture of the Führer with Bertha Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, daughter of Baroness Margrethe von Enden, sole heir to the Krupp empire and her husband in Essen, in the year 1940 to "prove" that the theory that Hitler was supposedly financed by the German aristocratic elites and the big businessmen: https://twitter.com/Gmit_U/status/1372512394547724290
This second tweet is a thread that he published as an introduction to his video in which he says that two-thirds of the entire German economy became related to rearmament, directly or indirectly, that the Reichsautobahn were low-traffic highways, that the real reason why Hitler ordered the invasion of Poland was due to the "bad situation" of the German economy and that Hermann Göring's four-year plan aimed to expand rearmament until 1940: https://twitter.com/Gmit_U/status/1371480400955072514
This third tweet is very interesting (please, pay special attention to it), it's a thread that he published in response to three quotes sent by a user that reveal that the Second World War was provoked against Germany and the real cause of it was the successful Nationalsocialist economic system that Adolf Hitler implanted (one of the menctioned quotes is the famous postwar quote of Winston Churchill in which he admits what was the real "crime" of Germany). The first quote that the answered and "debunked" was the one said by Carnelius Carl Veith in his book "Citadel of Chaos", the quote reads as follows:
The great bankers were alarmed by the successes of Hitler's financial policy, of the same So several generations ago their families were frightened by the natural economy of Lincoln and Napoleon.What would have been a laudable program of progress for Germany and other countries taking its example was, in reality, the main cause of World War II. The struggle between rival monetary policies was inevitable.
How did the "youtuber historian" answered to that quote? He said that Cornelius Veith published the book in 1949 and asks accusingly to the user that published that quote how Veith was able to get all that information out of a stone-by-stone guarded Germany, militarily occupied by the Allies and in ruins.
On the well-known phrase of Winston Churchill in his memoirs, he says that it's a false quote that Churchill never uttered and that it was invented in 2001 by a subject, converted to Islam, who accuses the Jews of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attack to dirty and slander the good name of Islam.
And finally, the third quote that he "debunks" is the one that Francis Neilson said in his book "The Churchill Legend", the quote reads as follows:
The two main causes of World War II were: First, the success of the system German barter. Second, Hitler's determination not to think of foreign loans. His declaration that Germany's business would be conducted in the same way as that of an honest merchant caused real panic in financial circles.
Well, the "youtuber historian" "debunks" the quote saying that Francis Neilson was an actor, playwright, theater director who had a brief political career and author of opera scripts who finally became a writer, writing this book at the age of 87. He immediately asks in an accusatory tone to the tweeter who posted to him these quotes that if Neilson has visited any national registry/archive to reach such conclusions.
That is all that this "Youtuber historian" says about the "artificial" German economic miracle of the 1930s. Although his statements seem very implausible to me and the typical propaganda to defame the Third Reich, I must admit that I don't know many of the things that it said on the subject (including Adam Tooze's book). Is there any truth in his statements about the Nationalsocialist economy?