CWK 10 Mark Question Page 37 27th February 2016
Use Source E and your own knowledge to explain the changes involved in creating the Nazi Police State (10 Marks)
The Nazi Police State was one of the key fundamental parts of the Nazi Party and its reign that allowed them to pursue the Nazism ideas that they did. The Nazi Police State was created out of a combination of old, traditional systems and additions the Nazis made to them as well as the combination of their own party police systems into one big arsenal known as the police state.
One of the changes the Nazis made to create the Police State was the addition of the SS. The SS was originally created as a private bodyguard for Hitler and other important or influential Nazi leaders. It however did not stay this way and the SS grew from 500 men to 50,000 strict Aryans. Physical standards were very strict. They replaced the SA’s brown uniforms with black ones, to distinguish themselves as a separate organisation. They became the main means of terrorising the German population into obedience. They were fiercely loyal to Hitler, and swore oaths that gave Hitler ultimate control. They remained loyal to the Nazi Party, and played a large role in getting rid of Rohm, leader of the SA. They ran the concentration camps, boosting free labour. The SS consolidated the Nazis power because it allowed Hitler to kill, imprison or arrest anyone he wanted, as the SS was positioned as above the law, and they were fiercely loyal to Hitler, he had complete control of Germany and its people as the SS were so brutal they could do far beyond what the law stated.