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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?

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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.

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