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Source A is from Werner Willikens, the state secretary, and is a speech that was delivered in February 1934, justifying the lack of written orders form Hitler.

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1.Source A is from Werner Willikens, the state secretary, and is a speech that was delivered in February 1934, justifying the lack of written orders form Hitler. Source C is from Fritz Wiedemann's memoir, Hitler's personal assistant recalling Hitler's daily working routine. Both are from people who would have been familiar with Hitler's style of leadership. Source A is a justification of Hitler's "lazy" approach which is described in Source C. Source C states that he "normally appeared around midday". Source C was published in 1964 and although is still reliable as a source, around this time it would have been very controversial to portray Hitler in a positive manner. Source A seems to support Source C, Source A states that "The Fuhrer can hardly dictate from above which he intends to achieve", this seems to support the evidence in source C, "it became more and more difficult to get him to make decisions" but without the positive stance found in source A. ...read more.


Both source show that Hitler took a passive approach to his leadership and Source C show that he left people to make key decisions, while source A shows that the people were brainwashed into thinking that this passive approach was beneficial as when you worked along the Fuhrer's lines you will "one day have the finest reward" 2.Hitler being the master of the third Reich meant that he was fully in control of events and circumstances in Nazi Germany, a typical totaltalirian dictator, the counter view to this was that he was a "weak dictator". I believe the counter argument is true and most of the sources seem to suggest this as well. Source B, which is from a Nazi lawyer commenting on the nature of Hitler's power sets him up as the master of the third reich. ...read more.


Source A seems to suggest that although he was a "weak" dictator ie, he did not take an active approach to his dictatorship, it still seems to suggest that he was in control but simply left others to decide, and to a certain extent Source D agrees with this. Source C and some of Source D seems to suggest he was just lazy, "man who does not decide" and "he disliked the study of documents". The view that Hitler was "master of the third Reich" is a complex one, as it depends on how you define master. It is clear to see that Hitler was not the "Big Brother" dictator his propaganda team tried to create, but this propaganda did create fear and respect for him, that meant he did not necessarily need to be the most active dictator and still be master. ...read more.

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