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To What Extent Was There Opposition To Hitler 1933-45?

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To What Extent Was There Opposition To Hitler 1933-45? Hitler suffered opposition during his time in power however it is likely there would have been more outspoken and meaningful opposition if he had not created so many laws to ban it. It is difficult to measure the amount of public opposition to Hitler as the majority took place behind closed doors and could not be spoken in the public domain or recorded as it was against the law. Many people who spoke out were punished through jail or violence by the Nazi's, the Nazi's would find out about these people and their thoughts by being tipped off by other members of the public. This led to less outspoken anti Nazi views, this reduced outspoken opposition however in many instances it would not have changed the individuals beliefs it may well have prevented them from preaching to others about their beliefs and acting upon them. ...read more.

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There was a small-scale opposition towards the end of the regime by Edelweiss Pirates and some youth groups especially in regions where Nazi support was lower e.g. Cologne in 1944. The elites of society also opposed Hitler towards the end of his reign in 1944. There is also a small amount of evidence of a few planned assassinations; however there was more non-compliance and non-co-operation than actual resistance or planned assignations. Though the Nazi's would deem non-compliance as opposition. A large factor as to why there was limited opposition to the Nazi's was the totalitarian control the Nazi's had over law making which outlawed political parties and banned outspoken opposition. However it was also the propaganda tactics they used which convinced the public the Nazi's were the best thing for Germany as they controlled the media and used campaigns, ...read more.

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There was also no official opposition to the Nazi's due to the ban over other political parties. This left no spokespeople of especially learned politically aware people to be leaders of opposition and to rally public support. All writings, books, newspapers, radio programmes that opposed Nazi's were banned and the Nazi's promoted themselves shamelessly using propaganda to their advantage. Nazi's also used threats to stop the public speaking out against them and encouraged people to be good Germans by reporting those that did. By appealing to the German publics previously bruised national identity and ego's the Nazi's managed to paint a picture of Germany being best under them. It is difficult to measure opposition and many Germans may not have agreed with the Nazi's and Hitler but there is little evidence of recorded, outspoken, official opposition to them. ...read more.

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