Explain the changes involved in creating the Nazi Police State

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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.

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The Gestapo was also created, and stood alongside the SS and the SA, as the official secret police of Nazi Germany. They were originally the Prussian Secret police, run by Hermann Goering. After June 1936 it became the official State Secret Police run by Hendric Himmler. They could strike anywhere at any time against ordinary Germans without them knowing. They used ‘any method they could’ to snoop on their victims. They ‘spied’ on ordinary Germans, and used ‘phone tapping’ to get a much broader reach at Nazi objectifies, as well as intercepting mail and using a huge network of ‘informers’, ...

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