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Asses the impact of Nazi rule on the people of Germany between 1933 and 1939

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Asses the impact of Nazi rule on the people of Germany between 1933 and 1939 Whether the Nazis made a negative or positive impact on the people of Germany, they most defiantly made one. In making a decision on what this was I will look at all of the aspects of their aeon, and examine them. The bad parts of Nazi sovereignty are obvious: there abominable policies concerning minority groups, their way suppressing the people by removing their rights, using violence and threats and so forth, however it must also be pointed out that there were good parts of their reign which included increased quality of peoples leisure time and improvements in the economy. One particular group of people who found themselves affected by the removal of rights was German men. Within months of coming into power Hitler had abolished trade unions and replaced them with the German Labour Front, which was run by Doctor Robert Lay. In 1933 the day after the trade unions were abolished he stated "I swear to you we will not only keep everything which exists, we will build up the rights and protection of the workers even further." In some ways this was accurate. He made sure workers could not be fired on the spot and workers could not leave a job without the governments permission. In others though it was the exact opposite. ...read more.

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Without being taught a variety of things and only what Hitler approved of it meant they really could make no individual opinions and as they could only go to the one youth group they were very much suppressed. As it was important to suppress non nazi policies among children, they also tried to do so with religion. Churches potentially presented the Nazis with numerous threats. In 1933 catholic churched viewed that the Nazis acted as a barrier between communism from Russia and Germany; On the same year the Catholic church and Hitler signed an agreement hat neither would interfere with each other, and for a while this lasted. That was until 1937 when Hitler began a rigorous attack on them eg arresting priests. Accordingly pope Pius X1 issued his 'Mit Brenner Sorge' (with burning anxiety) over the situation. While these events occurred, there was never a complete clamp down on Catholicism as it was something with vast support and international popularity - perhaps this could have been an organisation with enough power to over throw the dictatorship? The Protestant church however, was much easier to deal with. In reality they were a collection of different churches and they themselves were split. 'German christians' were lead by Ludwig Miller who believed any church member with Jewish ancestry should be sacked form the church - in 1933 Hitler gave him the title or Reich Bishop. ...read more.

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The S.S. They had the job of acting as bodyguards to Hitler, providing internal security, guard concentration camps and providing politically motivated elite troops. A Wehrmacht area commander told the head of an SS division "you are a butcher and no soldier" They had entire power as to either give or take life. They made sure any one who broke the law way punished, and if there was uncertainty they would be punished anyways. For the SS members the impact of Nazi rule was good: they had complete respect and authority, but, for the rest of the population they were a terrifying force to be reckoned - and to be avoided at all costs. My initial reaction to the impact of Nazi rule was simply that it was awful. However, it must be acknowledged in fairness that a number of good things happened in Hitlers time. His policies in aiding couples to start a family are ones which you would find it hard to best today and no matter what employment men were in, they were never the less employed which met the needs of people at that time. However this cannot justify the massacre of millions of people, the suppression and brainwashing of almost an entire population, especially women and children. People were held under tight control by varies means of intimidation and threats ie the SS and having no other options to turn to, and were in no situation to make decisions for themselves. It was an era in which life was generally awful for everyone Mhairi B Thomson Word count: 2456 ...read more.

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