I often hear people say that the German economy under Hitler experienced the greatest amount of growth of any economy ever. However, I recently read “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” This book indicates that because the Nazis busted up the unions and generally depressed worker wages, the average standard of living actually fell in Germany under Nazi rule. Furthermore, the Nazi government gained at least some of its wealth from confiscating/stealing property of concentration camp victims and from plundering the gold reserves of countries it invaded.
So, my question is:
By what standard, if any, did the Nazis experience such supposedly phenomenal growth (GNP, GDP, median income)?
What period are people referring to when they say this? It seems to me that after the invasion of USSR, the Germans were expending more to keep up their empire than they were getting out of it (I could be wrong).
If we exclude confiscated property/gold reserves, do the Nazis still have the greatest amount of growth ever?
Thanks for your help, and apologies if this has already been answered in this forum.