Fascism in Germany

Trotsky once described Hitler’s triumph as ‘the greatest defeat of the proletariat in the history of the world’.

In the brief period between Hitler’s terror election ‘victory’ of 5 March 1933, and 24 July (when Nazi Germany was officially declared a one-party state) the world’s most powerful, disciplined, wealthy and politically cultured labour movement had been reduced to rubble.

To grasp the sheer physical magnitude of this defeat, it is necessary to take an inventory of the assets assembled with such sacrifice and devotion by the German working class over three-quarters of a century which were pillaged by the Nazi looters.