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Why was there so little resistance to Hitler's rule within Germany?

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Why was there so little resistance to Hitler's rule within Germany? Throughout history it seems that human nature is to rebel, fight; resist. We are never ready to accept impositions, restrictions, changes, oppression; never without a fight. It is as if a part of us recognizes that it will cease to be, a part of us drives our will into acting. Yet during Hitler's rule resistance's voice was mute, people complied almost blindly. In this essay the reasons for this lack of resistance will be discussed. One of Hitler's first actions was to fulfill his promises to the German public. Hitler and the Nazis promised the abolition of democracy after a period were democracy seemed to have failed in many aspects. Hitler banned other political parties when he rose to power. He made the KPD illegal in the context of the Reichstag fire. The Socialist party was banned soon afterwards. In 1933, the stable Zentrum party collapsed under the pressure of Nazism. Hitler had in only a few months been able to eliminate political opposition in the form of parties. This was the beginning of his attempt to drown all forms of resistance to his rule. ...read more.


Hitler also ensured the supremacy of his will above that of the present laws. Hitler forced all judges, magistrates and civil servants who were not in favor of nazism to quit, supreme judges had to make an oath of loyalty to Hitler. Hitler made it legal for him to impose his will upon the population and above the existing laws; he was the Fuhrer in many senses. Hitler also ensured that a possible source of opposition and communism- syndicates and trade unions- was destroyed. Instead the "Labour Front" was created, this organization replaced the banned trade unions, it was nazi led and therefore banned strikes and further demonstrations on the behalf of workers. It also allowed for uncontested long hours of under waged labour. But overall, the working class was better off economically in nazi Germany than it had been during the critical moments of economic difficulty in the Weimar Republic. Hitler made it so that there was a fear from above, a stimulus from above to comply with Nazism whilst there was an almost natural reaction from the people to become indifferent or merely observant as the Nazis enabled themselves to control the whole of Germany and its people. ...read more.


Germany's youth was also keen on rebelling against the strict nazi control over every day life. In many parts of Germany pirate groups sprouted as did swing groups. The first were groups of young people who did not agree with nazi ideals and would frequently start fights against nazi youth movements. The second were simply groups of youngsters who enjoyed listening to American music and dressing in a fashionable way which was inappropriate in the eyes of nazi leaders. Many integrants of the pirate groups were hung publicly or sent to concentration camps. By the late 1930s the Hitler youth became a compulsory movement for all young germans. There was little resistance to Hitler's rule because Hitler created successfully a state in which people had little motivation to present resistance or were too scared to do so. Even though brave and noble spirits did dare to oppose Nazism, there was not enough resistance to provoke any significant consequences. Hitler was able to institutionalize fear, hate and war as a way of living whilst suffocating any spark of resistance present in nazi Germany. By: Andr�s Sebasti�n Besserer Rayas 1 Modern Europe page 294 2 Hitler and Germany page 68 3 Modern Europe page 293 4 Hitler and Germany page 64 5 Modern Europe page 311 ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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