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Analyzing the statement; The most important reason why there was little opposition towards the Nazi regime was because of its use of propaganda.

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Propaganda In this essay I will be analyzing the statement; The most important reason why there was little opposition towards the Nazi regime was because of its use of propaganda. In order to do this I will explain how the Nazis actions and the events leading up to the war prevented opposition. During the pre ww2 era and particularly in the 1930s Hitler focused a lot of his attention on the propaganda surrounding himself and the policies of his Nazi party. A massive propaganda campaign was launched which aimed to convince the German people that all the Nazis did was right and good. The man behind this campaign was Josef Goebbles, a vain, ambitious, anti- Semitic womanizer. Geobbles campaign was so effective that opposing views would rarely have been visible publicly; however there were some instances, in particular one involving an attempt on Hitler's life that showed that there was some opposition to the Nazi regime. This opposition involved communist and social democrat parties youth groups, churches and the army. An example of opposition arose when two members of the white rose organization, Hans and Sophie Scholl began distributing a series of anti Nazi pamphlets depicting the negative side of its regime. ...read more.

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Therefore this was an effective way of dealing with opposition. The Gestapo (secret state police) was the force which was perhaps most feared by the ordinary German citizen. They were led by Reinhard Heydrich and employed a variety of sweeping powers to remove opposition. This included arresting citizens on suspicion and sending them to concentration camps without trial or explanation. However, probably the most blatant reminder of Germany's police state culture occurred on the weekend of 29-30 June 1933 in a purge that came to be known as the 'night of the long knives'. It occurred after Hitler had begun to grow suspicious of his SA commander, Ernst Rohm in that he feared Rohm's control over the four million SA men made him a potentially dangerous rival. Furthermore Rohm had talked about turning the SA into a second German army of which the leading officers were suspicious about. Therefore Hitler had to choose between the army and the SA. He acted in favor of the army and on the weekend of 29-30 June squads of SS men broke into the homes Of Rohm and other leading figures of the SA and arrested them. Hitler accused Rohm of plotting to overthrow and murder him and as a result executed the SA leader along with four hundred other leading figures. ...read more.

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Cinemas showing propaganda films were also kept open. Hitler was very clever in that he used a variety of factors to help him deal with or eliminate almost every inclination of opposition. His political status played a key role in this as the Reichstag fire and Night of the long Knives suggest. He also used his political status to create the police state which further helped to deal with opposition and worked the two together to keep opposition to a minimum if anything at all. However, arguably the key factor that helped Hitler deal with opposition most effectively was his use of propaganda. The media was a very powerful weapon when it came to dealing with opposition and Hitler managed to control nearly every aspect of it. In doing so he influenced the minds of the German people and more or less controlled what they were listening to or looking at in terms of Germany's image. Hitler also used propaganda to manipulate events (the Reichstag fire) and furthermore to boost his image which helped him to progress further in terms of his political status. From this we can see that Hitler intended for these factors to work together in favor of himself and the Nazis, so he could become powerful and any opposition that stood in the way of this could be dealt with. Carl Dodd 11u ...read more.

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