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'The most important reason there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazis regime was the use of Propaganda'.

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'The most important reason there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazis regime was the use of Propaganda'. One of the most important posts in the Nazi government was held by Doctor Joseph Goebbels, minister of National Enlightenment and Propaganda. Goebbels job was to make German's believe in Nazi ideas and to be loyal to Hitler in total belief: Goebbels said in 1937 "The essence of Propaganda consists in winning people over to an idea so sincerely, so vitally, that in the end they succumb to it utterly and can never escape from it." Goebbels used every available method for 'winning the people over'. First he made sure that newspapers printed only stories favourable to the government. Every morning the editors of the Berlin's newspapers had to go to the Propaganda Ministry where, Goebbels told them what news to print and what the headlines should be. ...read more.

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Hitler was always portrayed as a strong and confident leader. When Hitler came to power , the German economy was in ruins as a result of the world depression that set in after the Wall Street Crash. Unemployment stood at 6 million and Hitler took steps to bring this figure down. A number of methods were used to win the battle against unemployment. Hitler's rearmament policy led to increased production in the iron and steel industry, and in the companies making weapons. The Nazis also helped to create jobs by spending money on public works. In 1933 Hitler had used the Enabling law to ban all political parties other than the Nazis. His two main opponents, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Communist Party (KPD), went underground and published anti-Nazi propaganda, but little of it reached the German people. ...read more.

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One of them was general Ludwig Beck, who disagreed with Hitler's expansionist foreign policy. The Geheime Staatspolizei (Gestapo) was a state police force set up by Herman Goering in 1933. It was perhaps the most feared by ordinary German citizen. The Gestapo could arrest citizens on suspicion and send them to concentration camps without trial or even explanation. Police and courts also helped the Nazi dictatorship. The police added political 'snooping' to their normal law and order role. They were of course under strict instructions to ignore crimes committed by Nazi agents. Concentration camps were the Nazis' ultimate sanction against their own people. The first concentration camps in 1933 were simply makeshift prisons in disused factories and warehouses. Soon these were purpose built. Prisoners were forced to do hard labour. Food was very limited and prisoners suffered harsh discipline, beatings and diseases. Jews, Socialists, Communists, trade unionists, churchmen and anyone else brave enough to criticise the Nazis ended up here. ...read more.

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