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Was Germanya totalitarian state?

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Was Germany a totalitarian state? 1. Write your own definition of totalitarianism. Totalitarianism is a government that has or allows only one political party and everyone in that country has to listen to this party. There's usually no freedom of speech, worship or any other things that the government didn't authorize. It's total controlled by the government and the citizens have to obey them and serving the State and do what their leader wants. 2. Explain how the Nazis attempted to achieve a totalitarian state. For Nazis, there's no room for opposition of any kind in Germany, there can be no rival parties, no political debate. The citizens must serve the State and do what their leader wants. There's SS built in 1925 leading by Heinrich Himmler and they destroyed all the people who didn't listen to Hitler. The Death's Head Units was treating with the concentration camps and the slaughters of Jews and the Waffen SS was an army that fights with the regular armies. The Gestapo in Germany took anybody that are opposed Hitler (even if they only say a bad word about him) will be put in to the concentration camps and because all people are very treated very cruelly in the camp, hard labour and very poor food, so there were very few people who survived after the camp. All the political jobs, such as magistrates, judges and the courts were Nazis, so for any opponents they could rarely receive a fair trial. ...read more.

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There were large unemployment rate, no food and security, decline of industry and economy and so on, who can reverse all of them at once? Nobody except Hitler, but why? It's because his state is totalitarianism, so everybody had to listen to his voice, everybody had to do what he says and that's why he could show his ideas, do his plan and make Germany as a very powerful country again in a short time and I'm sure all the Germans are very thankful of this. 4. At the trials for war crimes after the war many former guards at concentration camps said in their defense that they were simply obeying orders. Explain how you would respond to this defense of their actions. It's very hard to say. Firstly in the trials for war crimes, in any courts, all the court people are at the side of Hitler's, so even if I think it's not true, it's not fair or that Hitler was just blaming Germans, my end would be very simple - die. And even if the courts are good people, it would be for nothing as well, because I'll say something and the courts would admit and they would like to tell people what I said, but how? They couldn't put my speech on a newspaper or radio or television or other things, because everything was controlled by Goebel and he would never allow any propagandas against Hitler to be published publicly. ...read more.

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But even though I can't say that Hitler didn't success in creating a totalitarian state, because he did actually control the motion of people, but not totally. Therefore I can say that Hitler succeeded only half in creating a totalitarian state from this source. The source 54 is a speech of a former member of the Hitler Youth after the war. He's very pro-Hitler. In his speech there were nothing against Hitler. He said that he didn't know what were Nazi's ideals, but he obyed his orders, because he believed that Hitler can make German powerful and Germany's honour and greatness were mentioned. He as all other German children was trained in German school - school for Hitler. In the school they were taught about how great is Hitler, that Hitler's ideas are all correct and that Hitler's going to bring them happiness and powers to Germany. Even all the subjects were taught about the politics and the ideas of the great leader Hitler. After the school, all children loved him. Whenever there's a speech of Hitler's, all of them thought that Hitler was looking that them and they were proud to be Hitler's 'children'. They didn't even listen to their parents, as their ideas were very different. So I say, from this source, this site of looking at Hitler's totalitarian state, he was very successful, because he gained the young generation's heart and it can help him to control the state later very easily! ?? ?? ?? ?? Questions on Germany 1 ...read more.

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