• In many ways Nazism was antithetical to what the great mass of Germans said they admired - and certainly to what they paid homage. It was noisy, undisciplined, vainglorious; its leader was a half-educated posturing foreigner. For a decade the National Socialists were regarded as hoodlums, as part of the breakdown of what had been, if anything, an excessively ordered society before.

    Eugene Davidson (1997). “The Making of Adolf Hitler: The Birth and Rise of Nazism”, p.365, University of Missouri Press