• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Many different types of people continued to support Hitler in the 1930s 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?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Many different types of people continued to support Hitler in the 1930s 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? By 1939, Hitler and the Nazis had eroded most basic freedoms such as freedom of speech. They also persecuted several sections of German society, such as Jews and communists by taking away their civil rights. Despite this, many Germans gave Hitler their support because of the number of benefits he gave to Germany and its population. Hitler and the Nazis came to power because they promised to solve Germany's two main problems, which were desperate unemployment and the crisis in farming. An economist called Dr Hjalmar Schacht organised Germany's finances to fund a programme of work creation. The National Labour Service sent men on public working projects, which mainly included the building of motorways and Autobahns. There was also major house building and new public building projects. All these helped dramatically reduce unemployment. ...read more.

Middle

The middle class were especially happy about this as it meant the Communists could not affect their businesses and properties. It was big business that really benefited from Nazis rule. The big companies no longer had to worry about troublesome trade unions and strikes. Companies such as chemical giant IG Farben gained huge government contracts to make explosives, fertilisers and even artificial oil from coal. Hitler brought much pride and power back to Germany during the 1930s after the destruction of the Treaty of Versailles. Germans thought they were now on an equal footing with the other great powers. In 1933, Hitler started rearming Germany and up to 1939 managed to reintroduce conscription, send troops into the Rhineland, and take over Austria and the Sudetenland area of Czechoslovakia. He also managed to invade the rest of Czechoslovakia and the whole of Poland. This gave more security to Germanys economy and make her a more powerful and respected country which restored the German citizens pride in their own country. Another reason for Germans continuing to support Hitler was the fear of the consequences if they criticised him and the Nazis. ...read more.

Conclusion

This showed the German People the power of the state and convinced them that every other German fully supported the Nazis. Goebbels also had control of the media. No books could be published without his permission. He organised a high-profile 'book burning'. Nazi students came together publicly to burn any books that included ideas unacceptable to the Nazis. Artists suffered under Goebbels, they were not allowed to print anything including anti-nazi ideas. He controlled the newspapers closely. They were not allowed to print anti-Nazi ideas. Jewish editors and journalists lost their work and anti-Nazi newspapers closed down. The papers were then found to be boring and fewer copies were sold. The cinema was closely controlled. All films had to promote a pro-Nazi message. Goebbels censored all foreign films coming into Germany. He covered Germany in posters advertising Hitler's successes and the Nazis attacking their opponents. In conclusion, Hitler gave many benefits to Germany and her people. He gave back pride, territory, employment and general order in Germany. The benefits over powered the negatives of his rule. German people were desperate for some organisation and help and Hitler and the Nazis produced this. Hitler was trusted by the German public and he did accomplish more good than bad. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Germany 1920's and 1930's - Look at the weaknesses of the government and the ...

    The deal was that Hitler would be chancellor and Papen would be vice-chancellor. After a lot of persuasion Hindenburg made Hitler chancellor. Von Papen reported, "We've hired him". This was an important reason but not as important as the Depression for Hitler coming to power because even though Hitler got

  2. How did the Nazis affect the lives of the German people?

    Year Germany USA Britain 1933 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 3 6 8 13 13 17 23 38 47 55 61 ?

  1. Describe how Jews were persecuted in the twentieth century before the Holocaust.

    The other side of the answer is, "Yes, of course its impossible to believe in God now! No God would ever let that happen." A person that shared this view was Elie Wiesel. Elie was deported to Auschwitz as a teenager.

  2. During the 1920's and early 1930's Germany was trying to recover from World War. ...

    of the trade unions; the upper classes were sometimes attracted by Hitler's anti-communist stance, but the chief support from the wealthy came after Hitler was appointed Chancellor. 'To some extent the appeal of Nazism transcended class barriers altogether' (Lee): Protestants, women, the young were all attracted by 1932.

  1. adolf hitler

    These outbursts were usually attacks on Jews and Marxists who Hitler claimed were undermining the war effort. Hitler was given the job of despatch-runner. It was a dangerous job as it involved carrying messages from regimental headquarters to the front-line.

  2. Why were the Nazis successful in the elections in the 1930s?

    Two days after the March Hitler was arrested. During his trial he "seemed to snatch some kind of victory out of the jaws of defeat". The trial was his platform to voice his views and opinions to the German nation.

  1. How and why were the Jews persecuted in Nazi Germany before and during the ...

    The party's polices compromised of a mixture of exaggerated nationalistic demands, corruption of socialist ideas, and racist and anti-Semitic doctrines. The party's extremist policies did not appeal to the German public because it was a time when most Germans wanted stability.

  2. During the 1920's and early 1930's Germany was unstable socially economically and politically

    political scene, in one of the most successful acts of propaganda he could have wished for. Hitler became famous and widely known around the country. This familiarity was significant for the Nazi's and Hitler, as public recognition was a building block for greatness to come.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work