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"The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was it's use of propaganda"

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"The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was it's use of propaganda". Explain how far you agree with this statement. During Hitler's reign in Germany there were a variety of groups and organisations that opposed him, each of which had different aims and purposes to gain from it. The opposition ranged from low-level opposition such as grumbling to very high-end opposition such as assassination attempts. Propaganda is the use of information, ideas, and images etc, which are broadcast to influence people's opinions. This is done by portraying only one side of an argument so the public are brainwashed into a certain opinion. This was done continuously through the Nazi regime to bombard the public with the Nazi message in order to reduce opposition. To make sure it was effective "Joseph Goebbels" was hired and the "Ministry for Peoples Enlightenment and Propaganda", was set up. Their aim was to get the Nazi message across and minimise any opposition to the regime. In order to do this effectively the Nazis used several main types of propaganda. Firstly, they controlled the radio and newspapers. Journalists where given detailed instructions as to what to write in their newspapers, and what the radios could broadcast. ...read more.

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Firstly he set up "the SS (Blackshirt's)". This was led by a man called "Heinrich Himmler" and was full of fanatical fans of Hitler. The SS had the primary responsibility for stopping all opposition to the Nazi regime and had virtually unlimited power to enforce this, e.g. arrest without trial and run concentration camps. Secondly, there was "the SA (Brownshirts)" who were no more than intimidators. It was their job to bully people, beat them up and ensure that there was no opposition whatsoever to Hitler. Thirdly, there was the secret police, or "the Gestapo". As with the SS they were run by "Heinrich Himmler". These were the most feared by the German citizens. This was because they had the right to arrest citizens on suspicion and send them to concentration camps. They would also tap telephones and read mail to catch any opposition before it even kicked of. Fourthly Hitler used Concentration camps to terrify the public. This was the Nazis ultimate sanction against opposition. Food was always limited and harsh discipline was used, it was also normal that once you entered you never left, the only escape was death. Occasionally a prisoner would be very harshly treated and then let out so he would spread the rumour of how bad these camps were. ...read more.

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Sixthly, there was a small organisation called the "White Rose" run by "Hans and Sophie Scholl". They handed out pamphlets appealing for people to oppose the Nazi's. It was not long before in 1943 the government arrested and executed the "Scholls" and other members of the organisation. In conclusion, it is clear that none of the opposition did work as the Nazi regime continued until Germany lost the Second World War, but we have to ask why? One of the main reasons was the use of propaganda and the fact that this influenced the public's opinion in favour of the Nazis. Another key factor was the terror the Nazis had over the German public and their use of concentration camps. Thirdly, was the lack of true opposition as the people/groups opposing Hitler did not unite together. This could have been due to fear or the fact that they all wanted different outcomes from their opposition. There was also a lack of high end opposition which would have stopped Hitler dead in his tracks. On the other hand there was also a lot of admiration for Hitler and for what he had done for the country. This admiration outweighs a lot of the opposition as they were in favour of the Nazis so were not tolerant of the opposition. ...read more.

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