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From this source and your own knowledge, explainthe reference to 'Fhrer power'

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Nazi Germany 1933-1945 7a) Study Source B From this source and your own knowledge, explain the reference to 'Fuhrer power' (line 5). In this source 'Fuhrer power' is supposed to mean a sort of 'God-like' power. The author of the source is trying to make it clear that Hitler was supreme leader of the Third Reich and that his power was unlimited and unchallenged. More importantly the author is trying to show that no one wanted to challenge Hitler's power because he was popular and that what he wanted was essentially what the people wanted anyway. From my own knowledge I know that Nazi propaganda made people believe that they like Hitler even if they didn't and this being just another piece of propaganda has the aim of making Hitler seem perfect. 'Fuhrer power' is basically a phrase used to describe the power that Hitler had as Fuhrer. He had unlimited power because he was head of state and head of government. b) Study Source A How useful is this source as evidence of the nature and extent of Hitler's appeal as Germany's leader in 1934? This source is a piece of Nazi propaganda and is therefore not going to show Hitler in a negative light. ...read more.

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It states that due to Hitler's personal rule radicals were invited from below. It also talks about how Hitler's ruling made it easier for these people to get the things they want to be done, carried out, simply because they could make it seem that they were working towards the Fuhrer. This was very easy at the time because a lot of internal policies were not conducted by Hitler but by other Nazis below him who could make their wishes seem to be those of the Fuhrer's. 'Initiatives were taken without the dictator necessarily having to dictate.' Unlike the previous source we would not expect the author of this source to be biased towards any side because he was not emotionally attached or under pressure from society or anyone to influence the content of the source. Both sources confirm that Hitler's style of ruling made it easy for radicals and other less conservative members of the Nazi party to come into power and are therefore similar in that way. However source C makes it seem that the Nazi party were completely corrupt and that there was absolutely no sense of authority or leadership apart from Hitler. While source D makes it seem that Hitler simply wanted to have a system, which was completely different and unique from the Weimar days, and therefore via his personal power and authority he made sure that this was the case. ...read more.

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This source was written by a silent opponent of Hitler after Hitler's death. Since it was written after Hitler's death and the Germany's loss in the war it is very unlikely to have been supportive of Hitler and the Nazis so it should be believed that this source was written with bias. Finally, Source D is by a modern historian so we would expect it to be unbiased and well researched. Ian Kershaw talks about how Hitler's method of dictatorship 'invited radical initiatives from below,' this is not necessarily a bad thing because these radicals were completely loyal to Hitler and therefore this emphasised his power and efficiency as dictator. Finally it says, 'initiatives were taken without the dictator necessarily having to dictate.' This shows Hitler's great strengths as a dictator because he can make decisions happen without even needing to do anything. My final conclusion on this is that Hitler's personal rule did not lead to a weak dictatorship but instead led to a strong leadership where everyone was always in competition with each other to please Hitler. Also I believe that having Hitler as a leader and dictator was very good at bringing the whole country together to work for a stronger Germany. Some of Hitler's methods may have seemed to be a bit weak but simply because he seemed to have complete loyalty from everyone made him and his methods successful. ...read more.

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