A German political party of the twentieth century, led by Adolf Hitler. The Nazis controlled Germany from the early 1930s until the end of World War II. The party's full name in English is National Socialist German Workers' party; Nazi is short for its German name. Despite the word socialist in its name, it was a fascist party, requiring from its members supreme devotion to the German government — the Third Reich (see fascism and socialism). The Nazis rose to power by promising the people that Germany, which had been humiliated after World War I, would become powerful again.
The Nazis opposed communism and free intellectual inquiry. Desiring to form a master race that would rule the world, they fought the influence in Germany of peoples not of “pure” descent. Their power was particularly directed at controlling Jews (see also Jews) in Germany and in the countries that Germany conquered in war. After depriving Jews (see also Jews) of their property and confining them in concentration camps, the Nazis employed the Final Solution of killing them in large numbers; an estimated six million Jews lost their lives (see Holocaust). Also marked for extermination were the mentally and physically handicapped and “enemies of the Reich” such as Slavs, communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, Christians (see also Christian) who resisted the government, and defenders of intellectual freedom. The Nazis fought World War II to spread their principles worldwide but were defeated. Twenty-two of their leaders were convicted of war crimes at the Nuremberg trials.
A great number of symbols (see also symbol), images, and names are associated with the reign of the Nazis, including the swastika emblem; the stiff-armed salute; the greeting “heil Hitler”; the goose-step march; mass political rallies; concentration camps, such as Auschwitz and Dachau; and Hitler's aides Adolf Eichmann, Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goering, and Heinrich Himmler.
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Even Democrats and Republicans can agree that Nazis are bad and Social Security is good.Nazis, Sunscreen, and Sea Gull Eggs: Congress in 2014 Was Hella Productive|Ben Jacobs|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One would be hard-pressed to find an earlier opponent of the Nazis than Dietrich von Hildebrand.
One of the clever things the Nazis did in the last days of the Weimar Republic was suspend freedom of the press.
Throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, many old Nazis managed discreetly to trickle back to what they regarded as the Fatherland.
When most of us think of the premier retirement destination for unrepentant Nazis, our minds immediately turn to South America.
Sim seemed to know all about the methods used by the Nazis to trap anyone fleeing the country.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin|Al Avery
The Nazis would darn well see that there wasn't any more escaping.Dave Dawson with the R.A.F|R. Sidney Bowen
But now sight of the Nazis dashing about like so many bewildered chickens was too much to resist.Dave Dawson with the Commandos|R. Sidney Bowen
Might just as well send the Nazis in the neighborhood a telegram that they were coming, and at what time.Dave Dawson on the Russian Front|R. Sidney Bowen
Dave's heart became icy cold in his chest yet at the same time bitter resentment toward the Nazis flamed up in his brain.Dave Dawson at Dunkirk|Robert Sydney Bowen