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"The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was its use of propaganda" Explain how far you agree with this statement.

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Part C - "The most important reason why there was little opposition in Germany towards the Nazi regime was its use of propaganda" Explain how far you agree with this statement. Propaganda was a very important reason why there was little or no opposition in Germany from 1933-45, however it was not the only reason. Propaganda encouraged people to follow the regime by indoctrinating them with powerful images, speeches and other programmes, but if you did not follow the Nazi way to life, and displayed anti-Nazi beliefs, then further methods were used to deter such attitudes. In simpler terms, the people, symbolised as a donkey, are encouraged by a carrot just out of reach, and are deterred by a stick as a punishment if the donkey does not try to grasp the carrot. Of course, it will never actually get hold of the carrot but the donkey is so brainwashed that it will continue to follow the carrot. In this essay, I hope to discuss how far propaganda was the main cause for little opposition, and discuss the alternative methods the Nazi party used to stop anti-Nazi opposition arising. In the political sphere of Nazi Germany, people were constantly encouraged to follow the Nazi regime. Hitler's indoctrination of party members meant that he could more forward with his plan for Greater Germany. Hitler did so by using propaganda. President Hindenburg, chief of propaganda, worked alongside Hitler, and by Hitler's influence, the people of Germany were brainwashed with Hitler's beliefs. There were constant rallies, speeches, parades, and political gatherings, which promoted the Nazi party. Following conscription, whilst troops were away they could purchase foreign luxuries such as perfume or furs which the Lady of the house would have appreciated immensely. The swastika was a huge influence of propaganda, as it symbolised very simply what the Nazis were. In addition, radios, which were seen as a luxury, were made publicly available, but the catch was that they only could pick up pro-Nazi broadcast stations. ...read more.


However, despite many protests, some people believed this act to be right and only a normal human thing to do. People had become so brainwashed by the propaganda regime, that people wrote to the Fuhrer asking for 'mercy killings'. The persecution of the Jews played an important role in how Hitler got rid of his minorities of society. Because people had been so completely brainwashed by Nazi propaganda, they believed it was right to think that Jews were inferior to themselves. In schools, youngsters were taught how to spot a Jew in a crowd, being told you can normally tell if they have an unusually long nose. Bizarre as it sounds, people had been indoctrinated for so long that they would believe almost anything. Hitler passed many laws against the Jews, the most significant of which was in 1935, on the 15th September, The Nuremburg law which deprived Jews of German citizenship and made marriage and sexual relations illegal between Jews and Germans. In addition, pathetically in November 1936, Jews were not even allowed to say the salute of 'Heil Hitler'. Similarly to the Night of the Long Knives, Hitler targeted the Jewish race in a single night. It was called the night of the broken glass, and following the murder of one Nazi official, 91 Jews were murdered, 191 synagogues were ruined, and 7,000 businesses destroyed. 30,000 Jews were arrested and taken to concentration camps, and an estimated 2,000 were murdered, almost certainly by the gas chambers. It is important to note that almost all of this juvenile terrorism was carried out by the Police State. Because of the 'night of the broken glass', as of 3rd December 1936, Jewish businesses were completely overtaken by Aryan executives. The Genocide of the Jewish race was protested against strongly, but those who protested were soon sent to concentration camps. Another deterrent for social misfits was the 'Hashude'. ...read more.


This resulted in war, which slowly resulted in the end of the Nazi regime. As an effect from the war, rationing was inflicted. There was little or no hot water, women went back to work, most men of that generation had been completely wiped out by the war, and depression fell. In conclusion, propaganda here was a vital ingredient to Hitler's foreign policy as it was a way of letting people know how the front was doing. Of course, people never read anything negative due to censorship, so nobody really knew the truth at all. In all, yes, propaganda played a very important role in creating little or no opposition in Germany, but it was not the single most important factor. Propaganda only coerced people into the indoctrination spell cast by Hitler and not everybody was hypnotised. Those who could see through his diabolical statements and ideas rebelled from the regime. However, they were stopped by the Police State and I think it is the force applied to keep things in order, was the more significant reason because without the Police State, uproar would have occurred, possibly a revolution similar to that of Russia. The Police State was needed to track down the criminals and 'burdens to the community'. Finally, I think that the propaganda was used to allow the Nazi party to take hold of the nations imagination at a time of depression and low esteem, following the First World War. Using the 'carrot' of full employment and 'Strength through Joy', and the 'stick' of his ruthless totalitarian regime, his dreams of power and control were able to develop unchecked. The most important reason why there was little or no opposition in Nazi, therefore, is propaganda; because it changed, the populations state of mind as to what people thought was acceptable. On the other hand, a revolt would have occurred without the police state. However, it was Propaganda planted the seeds of ideas and changed people's views and so permitted the horrors of the Nazi regime. ...read more.

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