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Did the majority of Germans gain from the Nazi Government between 1933-1939?

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Many Germans must have agreed with the Nazi ideas because by 1939 Hitler was the most popular leader in Europe. To gain this resounding popularity from the German public people must have been benefiting from Nazi rule, but did the majority of Germans benefit? One group of people in Germany were the working men. The working man benefited from the Nazis in a number of ways. Before the Nazis came into power there were millions of unemployed due to the depression. When Hitler came into power he fulfilled his promise to provide 'bread and work'. Hitler's work schemes and the re-introduction of conscription put millions back to work. Some workers did better than others. The rearmament industry did particularly well. Hitler replaced trade unions with the German Labour Front (DAF) which provided subsidized leisure and holiday facilities such as cruise liners and walking holidays for workers. The DAF was not all good for workers though, by banning trade unions workers lost all their rights to strike and bargain for better wages and working conditions. ...read more.

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Some people avoided the Hitler youth but in 1936 it was made compulsory to join. School curriculums were changed with the emphasis on sport and history according to the Nazi view (anti-semitic, anti-communist views). Rebellion was dealt with harshly. All in all young people gained a lot from Hitler. Values were installed into them and they felt important. The rebels such as the Swing Movement and Edelweiss Pirates were outcasts and although towards the end of the 1930s their popularity grew, they were a small minority. Whether Hitler's influence on the military was good or bad is a matter of opinion. On one hand Hitler increased the size of the army and a lot more money and resources were given to them. On the other hand some officers in the military resented Hitler's interference and/or thought his plans too risky and ambitious. Politically the Nazis were devastating. Political opposition was not allowed making Germany a one party state. ...read more.

Conclusion

91 Jews were murdered and 20,000 were sent to concentration camps. Jews were forced to live in ghettos which the Nazis regularly decided to 'clean out' killing everyone. Finally Hitler came up with death camps where Jews, asocials, gypsies and political opponents were worked to death, gassed or shot. Six million out of eight million Jews were killed in cold blood in what has become known as the Holocaust. The Nazi system might have been fine if you were in the majority but as a member of the minority you would have been persecuted for 12 long years. Personally, I believe that the Nazi government between 1935 and 1939 for the majority of the German people was great help in pulling them through the depression and rebuilding Germany to its full power. I believe the majority of German people did gain from Nazi rule between 1933 and 1939. So long as they kept their heads down and were content to lose their political freedom, many Germans probably lived a better life. Hitler was largely seen as someone who delivered his promises. James Monaghan ...read more.

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