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Evaluate the Success of the Nazi attempt to change German society politically, economically and socially between 1933-39

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Evaluate the Success of the Nazi Attempt to change German society politically, economically and socially between 1933-39? After WW1 and the unsuccessful Weimar years, the rise to power of the Nazi party was one of unexpected and alluring force with lasting intimidation. Key events that occurred after Hitler became chancellor, where instrumental in gaining complete control over the nation of Germany. ?The Nazis tried to exploit the divisions, to be all things to all men?to create a Nazi organisation for doctors, lawyers, teachers, war pensioners, civil servants and farmers.? Norling B.N, 1992. There were several political, economic and social factors between the 1993-39 that changed the foundations of the German government to accommodate the needs and expectations of the nazi?s. Politically, once Hitler became chancellor in the 1933 elections, he was quick to enforce new ideologies and polices upon the people of Germany. With plans to turn the republic into the third Reich, he established his dictatorship first by abolishing important elements of the Weimar constitution. In February 1933 he proposed the ?Enabling act? ( A law for the removal of the distress of people and state). A bill was proposed to alter the constitution and give the government authority to pass laws without the need to refer to the president, for the next four years, to issue laws regardless of the Reichstag. ...read more.

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?And let it be known for all time to come, that if anyone raises his hand to strike the state, then certain death is his lot?. Hitler?s speech 1934 in answer to the blood purge. In a single event, Hitler had crushed any threat of the S.A and satisfied the German army, justifying his control and power. Hitler understood the importance of propaganda in justifying his actions and keeping public appeal high and supportive. So as soon as he came to power he approved the establishment of the ministry for public enlightenment and propaganda, to be lead by Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels was an expert at persuasion and the dynamics of superior propaganda. ?The essence of propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it? Goebbels. He took control of all forms of communication: newspapers, magazines, books, public meeting and rallies, art, music, movies and radio. The aim of Ministry was to ensure no German could see or read anything that was hostile to the Nazi Party and to ensure that the views of the Nazi?s were put across in the most persuasive manner possible. The propaganda was focused on simple messages repeated frequently. ...read more.

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The people of Germany where vulnerable and desperate for a change in government, in the hope that new opportunities would present themselves. The depression and the chaotic state of the republic left a carcass for Hitler to devour and rule over. His efforts in dissolving parliament and gaining ultimate power where realised with the aid of the enabling act. Once this was done, he was then able to gain control over all elements of his party and exploit his power to take the lives of traitors. The justification of this came with his ingenious control over propaganda and censorship. And finally taking all aspects of human life and implementing nazi ideologies upon the German people was the final straw in gaining complete control over the nation. ?unquestionably, the adulation of Hitler by millions of Germans who may otherwise have only been marginally committed to the nazi ideology or party, was a crucial political integration in the third Reich.? Ian Kershaw on the Hitler myth-1985. Therefore, socially, the Nazi Party had a huge impact on the people and changed the lives of the people during the period 1933-39 forever. Therefore politically, economically and socially the Nazi successfully changed German society between the period 1933-39. It was due to the laws implemented such as controls put on the people, propaganda and the passing of the enabling act which made all of this possible for Hitler and the Nazi party between 1933-39. ...read more.

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