• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The sources A-F all show the different impact and success of Volksgemeinschaft in Germany between 1933-1939. By using varying links and contradictions between all of these sources I will try to determine the success and failure of Nazi Vloksgemeinschaf.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The sources A-F all show the different impact and success of Volksgemeinschaft in Germany between 1933-1939. By using varying links and contradictions between all of these sources I will try to determine the success and failure of Nazi Vloksgemeinschaft. Volksgemeinschaft when translated means "peoples community". It was the Nazi ideology to try and create a perfect German society, which would be united through different factors, including race, blood and traditional values. Hitler's aim was to create a class-less society and return German people to a rural way of life; this in turn would lead to a total loss of individuality. This society included the creation of a "master race", or "Herrenvolk", of Aryan Germans, this would include Hitler's ideal humans whose characteristics must of included, blonde hair, blue eyes and a strong athletic build. This was thought to be based on Darwin's theory of evolution, stating that the white male was the most highly evolved being. The nazi propaganda poster and Melita Maschmann both show the Nazi commitment to creating unity and ultimately achieving their main goal of Volksgemeinschaft. ...read more.

Middle

The subjective view in a satirical tone also affects the reliability of his comments. However, in contrast, Ian Kershaw's cynical view of the Nazi success in creating Volksgemeinschaft highlights the lack of any "social revolution". He refers to how Nazi ideology and values had barely any affect on the German publics consciousness. This is shown as the German people continued with traditional class-values which the Nazi's aimed to abolish. Similar to this, Phillip Gibbs who was a non-German journalist gives his account of indifference in Berlin 1034. He explains how "no one in the crowded caf� listened to Adolf Hitler" when a Nazi broadcast was on the radio. This supports the idea that people of the German community were not affected by Nazi ideas. However, Gibbs only gives an account of one caf�, this does not give a fair representation of the whole Germany. There is evidence which shows some did accept Nazi ideology but it cannot be found in this source. Gibbs account also highlights the failure to create Volksgemeinschaft nationally, which was ultimately the Nazi's main aim. ...read more.

Conclusion

As Kershaw is a respected Nazi Germany historian his source quite rightly contains a lot of information on the area of Volksgemeinschaft. Although because of his experience with this area of history he is subjective, like many other historians, as he will of created his own views on the subject over time. In conclusion I believe that the impact of Volksgemeinschaft policy on those inside it was not always as intended, and although the Nazi's had some success, the failure to create national unity was a huge failure and Nazi's were unable to prevent opposition in peoples minds. Mainly the sources show the failure of Volksgemeinschaft, although you do get aspects of success. It is clear that the differing views and opinions found in the sources show the different experiences of those involved at the time, different perceptions of the past and also the lack of sources. It would be impossible to get an accurate view of the past from six sources and the question could never be answered fully, also the success of Volkgemeinschaft can never be accurately determined, as any interpretations of the past will always contain aspects of subjections. By Richard Carter 12/5 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. To What Extent Was Nazi Germany a Totalitarian State 1933-1939?

    Hitler's ability to make people feel secure and safe encouraged his popularity to grow. Emmi Bonhhoffer (Sister- in- law of Dereich Bohnhoffer, interviewed in the 1989 TV programme Fuhrer) alleged, "There was no resistance movement and there couldn't be. Nowhere in the world can develop a resistance movement when people feel better from day to day".

  2. Representations 1,2 and 3 all give an idea of how the Nazis were so ...

    so you have to wonder whether Niemoller wrote this speech as a means of reconciling to those he did not care about before his own belief was put on the spotlight, or if he genuinely meant was he said and it was for no personal gain.

  1. To what extent did the Nazis achieve an economic miracle in Germany between 1933-1939?

    Indirectly, I was able to link this to his outlook on the future of the economy and how to restabilise what was in reality, weak foundations in 1933. Their books delved into the mind of a very complex man, which gave me a greater insight into his thinking of how

  2. Between 1933 and 1945 Hitler and the Nazi Part were successful in their creation ...

    However, after 1937, the future of farmers seemed to be dark again, as the wages rose, while the prices of goods were fixed, resulting in farmers not being able to afford to pay these wages, and on the same year, Germany returned to full employment, and the wages offered by farming could not compete the wages given by industrial companies.

  1. Daily Life in Nazi Germany:

    (2) Only the state attorney may initiate the annulment suit. Extramarital intercourse between Jews and subjects of German or kindred blood is forbidden. Jews must not employ in their households female subjects of German or kindred blood who are under forty-five years old.

  2. How successful was the Nazi' Economic Policy between 1933 and 1939

    When the army was finally used for the war, it was sufficiently developed to last for six years without lacking efficiency. Therefore, Hitler was successful in rearming Germany because his military campaigns had some success. In rearming Germany he was also successful in emitting a powerful image to other nations and restoring the German' citizens confidence.

  1. Did Hitler succeed in creating a Volksgemeinschaft?

    Baldur von Shirach, Leader of the Hitler Youth movement. The Nazis realised that they had to control children's' lives out of school as well to maintain total support, hence creating total Volksgemeinschaft. A method used to do this was the creation of the Hitler Youth (Hitler Jugend).

  2. Why Did Kristallnacht Take Place? (a) A ...

    The Nazi is standing on what looks like a pile of wreckage and bodies with a bloody knife in his hand. He has obviously just committed some vile act of murder and vandalism against the Jews, and is standing atop his achievement- clearly as though he is proud of what he has done.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work