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Discuss how the following contributed to Hitler's effective control over Germany, The enabling Law, and Propaganda.

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Discuss how the following contributed to Hitler's effective control over Germany The enabling Law Propaganda When Hitler came to power in 1933, he began to introduce a set of ideas into German society, which he had outlined in Mein Kampf, Hitler's book. Joseph Goebbels was appointed minister for enlightenment and propaganda. Goebbels set about spreading these ideas through propaganda. The Nazis believed that the youth should be indoctrinated first as they were the future of Germany, if the Nazis were able to influence the way the youth thought they would ensure that in future years Nazi idealism would continue. The older generations would eventually die out and the views of the youth would prevail. The Nazis would create a generation of racially pure Germans who were ready to serve their country. The German curriculum was completely rewritten to support Nazi ideology the subjects most affected were history and biology. In history, students were taught about the glory of Germany and the stab in the back theory. They were taught Germany had lost the First World War because of Jewish and Marxist spies in Germany. ...read more.

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Two youth movements were set up for boys one for boys from 10 to 13, the German Young People, and one for boys from 13 to 18, the Hitler Youth. When Hitler came to power all other youth movements were banned and in 1936 membership was made compulsory. Members would mainly do "military athletics", which included marching, bayonet drill, grenade throwing, trench digging, map reading, gas defence, use of dugouts, how to get under barbed wire and pistol shooting. German girls were encouraged to adopt a traditional motherly child bearing role. They were taught to base their life around the three K's Kinder, Kuche und Kirche (Children, Kitchen, and Church). The Nazis wanted to increase the birth rate of Aryans. The Nazis also wanted to reduce the amount of women with jobs. The girl's education was based around achieving these. At school, German girls were taught lessons such as domestic science, cooking, and housework. German girls were also taught about the characteristics to look out for in a man. The Nazis also set up two youth organisations, the League of Young Maidens and the League of German Maidens to further encourage this motherly role. ...read more.

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The newspapers were dedicated to praising the Nazi party and its policies they eventually became repetitive leading to a 10% drop in circulation. Cheap radios were soon made available, heavily subsidised by the German government, the stations as the newspapers were dedicated to praising the Nazi party, speeches stressing the inferiority of the Jews and supporting expansion into the east for lebensraum were played repetitively, and listening to the BBC was made punishable by death. Speakers were put in bars and on streets constantly playing pro-Nazi radio stations. Propaganda was not only through the media, Goebbels also organised, rallies, torch light parades and marches. The purpose was to demonstrate Germany's strength and power. It also helped make anyone who opposed the Nazi party believe that most Germans supported it. The propaganda was also backed by fear; anyone who opposed the Nazi party wouldn't speak out for fear of being beaten by the Gestapo. The use of propaganda was in most cases effective, the Nazi party saw very little resistance or opposition. One of the few groups opposing the Nazi party was the Edelweiss Pirates who in 1933 began resisting the Nazi ideology in schools and refusing to attend the Hitler Youth. Throughout the holocaust and the invasion of Russia and Poland, there was no public complaint. ...read more.

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