National Socialist German Workers' Party


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The National Socialist German Workers' Party was Adolf Hitler's Party. In both English and German, it is sometimes called the NSDAP, an Acronym for its Name in German, the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. In German it was also called the nationsozialistische Bewegung (national socialist Movement).[I]:515 Members of the NSDAP were called Nationalsozialisten[1][I]:386 (Nationalists-Socialists) or nationale Sozialisten[I]:557 (national Socialists). The NSDAP was originally called the German Workers' Party (Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or DAP).[I]:244 The Abbreviation NS, a Shortening of "national Socialist", is used in both English and German to describe Things related to the NSDAP: NS-Concentration-Camp (NS-Konzentrationslager), NS-Ideology (NS-Ideologie), NS-Propaganda (NS-Propaganda), etc.

About the Term "Nazi"

Mark Forsyth writes in his Book "The Etymologicon", that "Nazi" was often used as a Shortening of the Name Ignatius, which was very common in Bavaria. Bavarians liked this Name because Bavaria is very Catholic and Bavarians held dear the Memory of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. In the Time of the NS Dictatorship there were many German Jokes about Bavarians that were similar to American Jokes about Poles. Mark thinks that if you were to have called someone a "Nazi" at the Time the NSDAP was in Power in Germany, it would have probably led to a violent Confrontation.[II]:124-126

As Mark also points this out in his Book,[II]:125 however, for a Time, the national Socialists used the Word in an attempt to appropriate it for the Party and give it the Connotation they wanted, but then they stopped.[2] In April 1933, SS Second Lieutenant Leopold von Mildenstein took a Trip with Berlin Zionist Kurt Tuchler to Palestine. Kurt was hoping to convince Leopold that the "Solution to the Jewish Question" lied in Jewish Immigration to Palestine. After the Trip, the SS newspaper "Der Angriff" sent a Medal to its Subscribers with a Swastika on one Side and a Star of David surrounded by the Words "A Nazi travels to Palestine" ("Ein Nazi fährt nach Palästina"), the Title of one of its Article Series where it reported on Leopold's Trip, on the other Side. [3]

The word "Nazi" has also been described as an Abbreviation of the German Pronunciation of the Word "Nationalsozialist" ("national Socialist") that is based on an earlier Word, "Sozi", which means "Socialist".[2] "Sozi" is also used in Germany today to refer to a member of the Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands. "Sozi" is not always taken as a pejorative Term, as sometimes People use this Word to describe themselves. People might, for example, describe themselves as "Sozis für Tiere" ("Sozis for Animal Rights") or "Websozis" ("Web Sozis"), etc.[4]

Was Adolf Hitler the seventh Member of the DAP?

At the end of Chapter 9, Volume 1 of "Mein Kampf", Adolf Hitler says he received a provisional Certificate stating he was the seventh Member of the DAP.[I]:244 According to German Historian Werner Maser,[5] Adolf was the seventh Member of the Arbeitsausschuss (working Committee) of the DAP. He was Member 55 of the Party, but received the Number 555, because the Count started at 501. Werner Maser explains that the Numbers were inflated "to get Respect and a Hearing quickly".[6]

Books cited


  1. "Nationalsozialist". Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Nazi". Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  3. Axel Meier (18 November 2014). "Die Artikelserie 'Ein Nazi fährt nach Palästina'". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. "Sozi". Archived. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  5. Agence France-Presse (11 April 2007). "Werner Maser, a Leading Hitler Scholar, Dies at 84". Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. Werner Maser (16 April 1973). "Adolf Hitler: 'Aufriß über meine Person'". Retrieved 22 August 2016.