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To what extent do you consider that Hitler and the Nazis had achieved their aim of social revolution and unity (Volksgemeinschaft)? By 1939?

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To what extent do you consider that Hitler and the Nazis had achieved their aim of social revolution and unity (Volksgemeinschaft)? By 1939? Hitler wanted to use his power to create Volksgemeinschaft, what he called the all pure German nation. Hitler interpreted the Volksgemeinschaft as a pure nation working together for the benefit of German people. To succeed in his aim, Hitler knew that he would have to turn the whole of Germany upside down, getting rid of "outsiders" and establishing only one class. But not all of Nazis plans were "new", their philosophy in some respect was not revolutionary. Nazism was a society of the extreme right, and revolutions are normally associated with left-wing political parties. Many debates have not been closed on this matter; A pro-Nazi revolution historian David Schoenbaum has argued that Nazism was a powerful original force in German culture. Schoenbaum acknowledged that the Third Reich perceived many of the conventional changes one links with an embryonic industrial society. Also claiming that Nazis effectively anticipated an image of a society without the typical class differences. The Nazi citizens quoted about themselves "united like no other in recent German history, a society of opportunities for young and old". ...read more.


The Nazi system was just a more extreme version of Catholic Church and conservative organisations stressed view on procreation. Mason also wrote "In respect of its attitudes and policies towards women, National Socialism was the most repressive and reactionary of all modern political movements." Some would agree with the view that National Socialism did occur in respect to women. It was a vague coming together of "modernist" and "traditionalist" predispositions. 1930s were difficult years for the Christianity. As Hitler stated you could either be a Christian or a German. Despite the conflict there were some clear similarities between the two. Throughout the history of religion, church always wanted to control the affairs of the country; Nazis wanted that power which church had. Church was known for its wide respect and its ability to comfort people, who were in need. Many people suffered throughout the years of Nazis who turned to church. Nazis did not want church pitying the "outsiders" whom Germany did not require. Some similarities between the two include the importance of family, hostility to communism, anti-Semitism. Hitler wanted to replace Christianity with Nazis and Aryan race while church stated that there is no inferior race. If Hitler would have succeeded in overthrowing the church in a short amount of time this fact would have contributed in true Social Revolution. ...read more.


During his 12 year supremacy he had turned Germany upside down, but not with Revolutionary ideas which were genius, but with old fashioned facts which were to become his death, as they were inhumane. Due to great amount of support from his country, there were still those who saw through this false promises and propaganda which was holding Germany together. Hitler was a good public speaker and an excellent political negotiator. There were those who opposed Hitler and broke the law to do this, law and morals do not always fall into the same category, law can be taught by an individual or a party, but morals are part of our everyday ethics and are unbreakable by individuals, those who were not charmed by Hitler's sweet-talking knew what was right and lost their lives to achieve what was moral. Some aspects of Social Revolution are seen in some ways, for example Nazi regime was working in the fact that number of births did go up during their reign, and this was one of their main priorities of the soon to become Revolution. If we allowed Nazis to be in power for another 12 years we might be looking at completely different results to what we see in front of us now. ...read more.

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