The Nazis used propaganda to promulgate the concept of Rassenschande race defilement to justify the need for racial laws. By targeting oil refineries and factories, they crippled the German war effort by late 1944. With recruitment and conscription based only on expansion, by 1943 the Waffen-SS could not longer claim to be an elite fighting force. Financial exploitation of conquered territories Main article: Nazi plunder German loot stored at Schlosskirche Ellingen, Bavaria (April 1945) During the course of the war, the Nazis extracted considerable plunder from occupied Europe. One in four of the Soviet population were killed or wounded. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state where nearly all aspects of life were controlled by the government. Under pressure from politicians, industrialists, and the business community, President Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler as Chancellor of Germany on This event is known as the Machtergreifung seizure of power. Cambria, CA: Institute for Economic Democracy.