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Opposition to the Nazi Regime

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The Nazi regime: how effectively did the Nazis control Germany 1933-45? 1. How much opposition was there to the Nazi regime? Though Hitler had opponents from different spheres of the society, i.e., from political, social, religious groups, there was very little organized opposition, as they mostly worked underground, failed to observe [and strike on] the weaknesses of Hitler's government [thanks to the speed of his consolidation of power and his nature of dictatorship.] Plus, his opposition had little unity amongst them and didn't have the support of a majority of the Germans like Hitler did with his powerful speeches, ideas and propaganda. Powerful German Secret agencies like the Gestapo (German Police) ...read more.


Firstly, people were afraid of the Nazis, especially its aggressive divisions like the SS and Gestapo. Most of the time, people didn't know what was going on as censorship and propaganda prevented them from getting the clear picture. Those who knew about the harsh extremes of the Nazi policy were silent for fear of their own lives. Plus, though people didn't agree with certain Nazi policies, they would still bear with the ideas that the Nazis were at least helping Germany regain its stability and prosperity. The fact that Nazis did drop unpopular policies also pleased them. Since the Nazis were voted for, and achieved success in the elections, people from other countries and majority of Germany saw that they had legal authority to do as they pleased, so little was done to actually stop them. ...read more.


Nazis faced opposition from conservative, socialist and communist groups as the roles of these groups and Hitler's supposed negligence towards them was exaggerated by people like Gerard Ritter [in 'THE GERMAN RESISTANCE [1958]]. However, Hitler tactfully handled each of them effectively. It's said that there was opposition not only for Hitler's power and position but for the desire to maintain authoritarian government. The army on the other hand believed that German could only dominated Europe after Hitler was kicked out from his position. Historians believe that opposition was not due to political reasons but was a 'moral, ethical' opposition against dictatorship. From all Hitler's opposition, only the army actually posed a serious threat to Hitler and aimed to confront the SS. So there were undercurrents of opposition against Hitler, but most of them didn't manifest into a full fledged rebellion, or even an open opposition. ...read more.

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