- Apr 5, 2020
You're using what sources to back this up exactly? The seminal work on the Nazi Economy, Adam Tooze's Wages of Destruction: The making and breaking of the Nazi economy, very convincingly backs up the idea that the Nazis never really cared about having a sustainable economy. What they wanted was massive and quick armament, something initially accomplished by the economical dark magic of Hjalmar Schacht, then later by the use of MeFo bills which was essentially the German state buying everything on credit. The Anschluss and annexation of Czechoslovakia provided Germany with the gold reserves needed to keep a quickly tanking economy floating, but had it not been for the start of the war and the special conditions it imposed on the economy, Germany would have faced an absolutely massive solvency crisis no later then 1942.The Nazis cared immensely about the economy, and Nazi Germany was absolutely a planned economy. The very notion held by "popular" belief the Nazis lacked clear and precise economic goals nor policy is utterly laughable, and ex post facto bullshit cooked up after the war to demonize the effectiveness of Nazi economic policy held together by the duct tape and chewing gum of doublethink.
The only part of the economy that the Nazis really, really cared about was agricultural output, a hard learned lesson from the food shortages of WW1. But even there, their economical policy wasn't some initiated overhaul of the inefficient, outdated German farming model, it simply hinged on capturing arable land in Eastern Europe and then callously letting the occupied people starve to death while Germans got their lands and food.
In terms of effective economic models, it wasn't. Both the Western Allies and the USSR got more war material for their money then Germany did and Germany also got the worst parts of both the free market and planned economy without ever reaping the benefits of either. Add to that the obsession with autarky and the absolutely insane amounts of money invested in setting up slave labor industry in Poland and you can hardly call Nazi economic policy effective.