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Gottfried Feder
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Gottfried Feder (born January 27, 1883; died September 24, 1941) was an economist and one of the early key members of the Nazi Party. He was their economic theoretician. Initially, it was his lecture in 1919 that drew Hitler into the party.

After World War I, Feder developed a hostility towards wealthy bankers and, in 1919, wrote a polemic on eliminating interest . This was soon followed by the founding of a task force dedicated to the nationalisation of all banks and the abolishment of interest.

In the same year, Feder was involved in the founding of the Deutsche Arbeiterpartei ("German worker's party," DAP), which would later change its name to Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, more commonly known as the Nazi party.

Adolf Hitler met him in summer 1919, and Feder became his mentor in finance and economics. He was the inspirer of Hitler's opposition to "Jewish finance capitalism."

Feder took part in the party's Beer Hall Putsch (a failed revolution attempt on November 8 —9, 1923, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler tried to seize power in Munich, Germany). After Hitler's arrest, Feder remained one of the leaders of the party and was elected to the Reichstag in 1924, where he demanded freezing of interest rates and dispossession of Jewish citizens.

Feder's anti—capitalist views led to a great decline in financial support from Germany's major industrialists. Following pressure from these industrialists, Hitler decided to move the party away from Feder's economic views.

After the Night of the Long Knives in June 1934, where SA leaders like Ernst Rohm and left—leaning party officials like Gregor Strasser were murdered, Feder began to withdraw from the government, finally becoming a professor at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin in December 1936, where he stayed until his death in Murnau on September 24, 1941.

Photo retrieved from Wikipedia 7/26/2012.

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