Platform of the NSDAP


The Program of the National-Socialist

German Workers Party



Munich, February 24, 1920





The Program of the German Workers’ Party is a program for our time. The leadership rejects the establishment of new aims after those set out in the Program have been achieved, for the sole purpose of making it possible for the Party to continue to exist as a result of the artificially stimulated dissatisfaction of the masses.

  1. We demand the union of all Germans in a Great Germany on the basis of the principle of self-determination of all peoples.
  2. We demand that the German people have rights equal to those of other nations; and that the Peace Treaties of Versailles and St. Germain shall be abrogated.
  3. We demand land and territory (colonies) for the maintenance of our people and the settlement of our surplus population.
  4. Only those who are our fellow-countryman can become citizens. Only persons of German blood can be our countrymen, regardless of religious affiliation. Hence, no Jew can be a countryman.
  5. Those who are not citizens must live in Germany as foreigners and must be subject to the law of aliens.
  6. The right to choose a government and determine the laws of the State shall belong only to citizens. We therefore demand that no public office, of whatever nature, whether in the central government, the province, or the municipality, shall be held by anyone who is not a citizen. We wage war against the corrupt parliamentary administration whereby men are appointed to posts by favor of the party without regard to character or fitness.
  7. We demand that the State shall above all undertake to ensure that every citizen shall have the possibility of living decently and earning a livelihood.  If it should not be possible to feed the whole population, the aliens (non-citizens) must be expelled from the Reich.
  8. Any further immigration of non-Germans must be prevented. We demand that all non-Germans who have entered Germany since  August 2 1914, shall be compelled to leave the Reich immediately.
  9. All German citizens must possess equal rights and duties.
  10.  The first duty of every citizen must be to work mentally or physically. Individual activity must not be harmful to the public interest and must be pursued within the framework of the community and for the general good.

Therefore, we demand:

  1. That all unearned income, and all income that does not arise from work, be abolished.
  2. Since every war imposes on the people fearful sacrifices in blood and treasure, all personal profit arising from war must be regarded as treason to the people. We therefore demand the total confiscation of all war profits.
  3. We demand the nationalization  of all enterprises (already) converted to corporations.
  4. We demand profit sharing in large industries.
  5. We demand a generous increase in old-age pensions.
  6. We demand the creation and maintenance of a sound middle-class, the immediate communalization of large stores, which will be  rented cheaply to small tradesmen, and the strongest consideration must be given to ensure that small traders shall deliver the supplied needed by the State, to provinces and municipalities.
  7. We demand an agrarian reform in accordance with our national requirements, and the enactment of a law to expropriate the owners without compensation of any land needed for the common purpose, the abolition of ground rents, and the prohibition of all speculation in land.
  8. We demand that ruthless war be waged against those who work to the injury of the common welfare. Traitors, usurers, profiteers, etc., are to be punished with death, regardless of creed or race.
  9. We demand that Roman law, which serves a materialist ordering of the world, be replaced by German common law.[1]
  10. In order to make it possible for every capable and industrious German to obtain higher education, and thus the opportunity to reach into positions of leadership. The State must provide a thorough restructuring of our entire public school system. The curricula of all educational establishments shall be adapted to practical life. The conception of the State Idea (science of citizenship) must be taught in the schools from the very beginning. We demand that specially talented children of poor parents, whatever their station or occupation, be educated at the expense of the State.
  11. The State has a duty to help raise the standard of national health by providing maternity welfare centers, by prohibiting juvenile labor, by increasing physical fitness through the introduction of compulsory games and gymnastics, and by the greatest possible encouragement of associations concerned with the physical education of the young.
  12. We demand the abolition of the regular army and the creation of a national army.
  13. We demand that there be a legal campaign against those who propagate deliberate political lies and disseminate them through the press. In order to make possible the creation of a German press, we demand:
    1. All editors and their assistants on newspapers published in the German language shall be German citizens.
    2. Non-German newspapers shall only be published with the express permission of the State. They must not be published in the German language.
    3. All financial interests in or in any way affecting German newspapers shall be forbidden to non-Germans by law, and we demand that the punishment for transgressing this law be the immediate suppression of the newspaper and expulsion of the non-Germans from the Reich.
    4. Newspapers transgressing against the common welfare shall be suppressed. We demand legal action against those tendencies I art and literature that have a disruptive influence upon the life of our volk, and that any organizations that offend against the foregoing demands shall be dissolved.
  14. We demand freedom for all religious faiths in the State. Insofar as they do not endanger its existence or offend the moral and ethical sense of the Germanic race. The party, as such, represents the point of view  of a positive Christianity, without associating itself with any particular denomination. It fights against the Jewish materialist spirit within and around us, and is convinced that a permanent revival of our nation can be achieved only from within, on the basis of




  1. In order to carry out this program we demand: the creation of a strong central authority in the State, the unconditional authority by the political central parliament of the whole State and all its organizations.
    1. The formation of professional committees representing the several estates of the realm, to endure that the laws promulgated by the central authority shall be carried out by the federal states.
    2. The leaders of the party undertake to promote the execution of the foregoing points at all costs, if necessary at the sacrifice of their own lives.



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[1] Civil law is based on Roman law, especially the Corpus Juris Civilis of Emperor Justinian, as later developed through the Middle Ages by mediæval legal scholars. Civil law incorporated many ideas associated with the Enlightenment. Civil law is primarily contrasted against common law, which is the legal system developed among Anglo-Saxon people, especially in England. Historically, common law was law developed by custom, beginning before there were any written laws and continuing to be applied by courts after there were written laws, whereas civil law develops out of the Roman law of Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis.