Germany, 2nd Edition by William R. Horne, Zoran Pavlovic, Charles F. Gritzner

By William R. Horne, Zoran Pavlovic, Charles F. Gritzner

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Some factories are moving out to the rural areas where land costs are lower, wage rates may be lower, and environmental amenities for workers are more desirable. We need to understand, however, that rural areas in western Europe, hence in Germany, are a far cry from what the rural environment used to be. Life in the German countryside is the life of a postindustrial society with excellent living condi-­ tions and a highly developed infrastructure. In any corner of the country, it takes only a short drive to reach an autobahn ­(interstate-­type highways) and large urban centers.

Immigrants from other areas who arrived in Germany beginning in the 1960s were called “guest workers,” the impli-­ cation being that they would at some time return home. At that time Germany, still affected by a loss of workers because of World War II, needed increasing numbers of labor to satisfy demands of the expanding economy. In fact, many immigrants have brought their families to Germany, where they have estab-­ lished permanent homes. Today large numbers of these immi-­ grants have become acculturated (adopting another culture) and their descendants are nearly completely assimilated.

The government did not have enough money in the treasury to pay unemployment insurance. People once again were poor and angry. In 1933, Adolf Hitler, leader of the National Socialist Ger-­ man Workers’ Party (the Nazi Party), was elected and appointed chancellor, even though he received only about ­one-­third of the Germany Through Time On January 30, 1933, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (the Nazi Party) came to power in Germany. Here, Adolf Hitler accepts President Paul von Hindenburg’s offer to become chancellor of Germany at Garrison Church in Potsdam, Germany.

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