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Was Adolf Hitler A Totalitarian Dictator?

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Was Adolf Hitler A Totalitarian Dictator? The basis of this essay is to determine if Adolf Hitler was a totalitarian dictator. Hitler began his rise to power when he became chancellor of Germany but he was faced with a problem. Hitler wanted to rule Germany with no opposition by creating a dictatorship; this meant that the government were allowed to do whatever they wished with no opposing views. Hitler began his plan with help of the Prussian minister of the interior known as Goring, this meant that Hitler had control over two thirds of the police in Germany. Thanks to this Hitler was able to attack his opponents without getting arrested and when the Reichstag burnt to the ground he used it as an excuse to arrest leading communists and eliminate his opponents. The Reichstag building was seen as a symbol of democracy so it was a great tragedy when it was burnt down. The blame was put on a young Dutch communist, Marinus Van Der Lubbe. Many refused to believe that he was souly responsible for such a large fire despite his confession in which he claimes to have worked alone. ...read more.

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One difference was that the Gestapo had the power to send anyone to concentration camps without a trial. The Gestapo were set up by Goring in 1933 and by 1939 162 000 Germans hadf been sent to jail withot a trial. In 1936 Himmler employed his deputy to take control of the Gestapo which meant they were now under SS control. Again through the Gestapo Hitler was able to persue in the public eye as Germanys only possible leader as all the others were either dead or beign hunted. Another way Hitler made people fear him was the threat of the concentration camps these were meant to be for correcting the people who opposed the Nazis but many suggested they were places of torture. This was backed up by evidence that most people sent to a camp were never seen again. Many died at these camps as they were poorly treated and malnourished. These camps were full of offenders to the Nazi regime but they did not full wrath of Hitlers new germany, however the Jews did. Jewish people in Germany only made up a small figure of Germanys population but had greater percentages in high profile jobs such as doctors and lawyers. ...read more.

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Britain. Also people played on the fact that Hitler was not married and decided that he must be a great man to sacrifice his personal happiness to see germany rise again. The nazi ways were forced upon the people from the start of hitlers campaqing, ever since he was elected chancellor. In 1929 Hitler employed Hugenberg who was the owner of a local newspaper and helped Hitler spread his message and with the devolpments of microphones and speakers he was able to address more people at once. Once he became chancellor he also appointed a guy named Goebbles who he placed in charge of entertainment and the use of propaganda. This enabled Goebbles to control the arts, films, radio, newspapers and books. Perhaps the greatest sucsses was the radio which gave Hitler acces to people at home. One problem was that not everyone could afford them so german industry's began to produce cheap ones so everybody could afford it. Keep in mind that Hitler had complete control of the airwaves and all opposing views in books films or whatever were all banned. Hitler made over 50 broadcasts over the radio because by 1939 70 pe cent of households had a radio. ...read more.

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