May, so the period became known as the " Phoney War ". Hitler favoured the music of Richard Wagner, especially pieces based on Germanic myths and heroic stories, and attended the Bayreuth Festival each year from 1933 to 1942. Popular support for Hitler almost completely disappeared as the war drew to a close. "Not a slippery slope or sudden subversion: German medicine and National Socialism in 1933" (PDF). Initially the intention was to deport them further east, or possibly to Madagascar. By 1944, the war was consuming 75 percent of Germany's gross domestic product, compared to 60 percent in the Soviet Union and 55 percent in Britain. All power was centralised in Hitler's person and his word became the highest law. Approximately 75 percent were Eastern European. Murray, Williamson; Millett, Allan. Censorship See also: List of authors banned in Nazi Germany Nazi book burning on in Berlin, as books by Jewish and leftist authors were burned Newspapers, like other media, were controlled by the state; the Reich Press Chamber shut down. The Jewish community was fined one billion marks to pay for the damage caused by Kristallnacht and told that any insurance settlements would be confiscated. The change was never fully implemented, as the Länder were still used as administrative divisions for some government departments such as education. Retrieved Kitchen, Martin (2006). New York: Arno Press. The total number of soldiers who served in the Wehrmacht from 1935 to 1945 was around.2 million, of whom.3 million died.