Many different types of people continued to support Hitler in the 1930's despite the fact that the Nazis took away basic freedoms and persecuted several sections of German society. Why did many people continue to give Hitler their support?
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Many different types of people continued to support Hitler in the 1930's despite the fact that the Nazis took away basic freedoms and persecuted several sections of German society. Why did many people continue to give Hitler their support? There were many reasons for this for example a lot of people knew that they would benefit in the end and propaganda had a part of influence on them as well. People also feared the consequences of voicing opposition. The depression had caused a lot of unemployment and people were scared and frightened of communism taking over so they continued supporting Hitler and the Nazis. Many Germans blamed their nations troubles on the old regime of Wilhelm II for losing the war although the didn't think they really lost the war as technically they still had armies holding territories all over Europe. Some also blamed their nations defeat on the November criminals, the ones who had signed the armistice, seeing them as traitors and cowards. However Hitler violated the Treaty of Versailles and broke its terms by remilitarizing the Rhineland on March 7th 1936 and claiming back the Sudetenland 1938 which pleased many Germans.
So by 1937 the economy was running at top speed and full employment was finally reached thanks to Hitler and his strategies. Unemployment was reduced by conscription, public building programme, the sack of certain types of people e.g. Women and now rearmament as they needed to produce planes, tanks etc. Young people were given fun at first and enjoyed their time but the Hitler Youth war just a way to produce soldiers once the war started. Hitler changed and tainted the whole education system turning it into sheer propaganda. The Nazi SA troopers however helped increase the German publics trust in the government by subduing the communist Red fighting league. In 1933 Hitler made a lot changes including introducing the Employment Law on the 9th of June. On the 30th of June, The Night of the Long Knives occurred which enabled Hitler to basically arrest political leaders that he though were a threat. He achieved this by allowing SS squad men to raid Ernst Rohm's house, arresting him and then executing him and 400 others, (including Von Schliecher the former chancellor)
Dr Josef Goebbels used many types of propaganda such as rallies where he showed German people the power of the state and by books being only printed with Goebbels permission. He also helped print anti-Semitic caricatures cartoons to depict Jews and portrayed them as "subhuman" creatures infiltrating Aryan society in racial anti-Semitic in roles at the cinema. Goebbels introduced a lot of new public holidays and festivals to celebrate Nazi achievements and set up the Reich radio company which controlled all the local radio stations. So a lot of media was censored but the most successful technique of propaganda was the 1936 Olympic Games which was held in Berlin. It promoted a sense of national pride and success in the Nazi regime. So in conclusion people lost freedom of speech, opposition parties were exterminated, trade unions were banned, women lost their right to work but they kept on supporting Hitler and the Nazis as they did aid and help them but also because they didn't feel they had another choice as being Hitler's enemy was not such a good idea as the majority of them did not escape his ruling alive. Sarah Babiker
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