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Idiot's Guide To Nazi Germany
Transcript of Idiot's Guide To Nazi Germany
He was the fourth of six children born to Alois Hitler and Klara Polzl, and moved to Germany when he was three years old. During his early years, he always wanted to be an artist instead of following his father’s footsteps to be a customs officer; this caused conflict between them. In his undeveloped years Adolf Hitler lived in Passau with his father and mother and siblings. In 1900, Edmund the youngest Hitler boy died from the disease of measles, this deeply affected Adolf’s spirits and could have made him the mad man he was later in his life. In 1914-1918 Hitler contributed to the German army during WW1 and served as a runner, delivering posts and messages. He also drew cartoons and instructional drawings for the military newspaper. He was twice honoured for bravery and received the Iron Cross second class and first class. After World War I, Hitler joined the national socialist German workers party; this was where he found he was very good at public speaking.
He had a massive influence on the party and later in 1921 he named himself leader of the Nazi party. The party lead by Hitler soon got massive support, and attempted to overthrow the government! The Beer Hall Putsch (also known as the Munich Putsch) was a failed attempt at revolution that occurred between the 8th of November and the 9th of November in 1923, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler, unsuccessfully attacked to seize power in Munich, the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. He was arrested and sentenced to jail for three months. During his time in prison, he wrote a book called Mein Kampf, which meant “My struggle”. His novel soon became very popular and brought to people’s attention. In the German election of 1932 the Nazi party became the biggest party in the Reichstag.
On January, 30, 1933 Hitler became chancellor of Germany.
On March 23, 1933 the government of Germany agreed to Hitler's Enabling Act speech, giving him power to do whatever he desired. Adolf Hitler used the following concepts to attain and kept power in Germany: use of force and terror, controlled participation indoctrination, propaganda, scapegoating, and racism. Use of force and terror
To further expand their regime and infuse the people with their ideologies, Hitler and the Nazi party created an organization called the secret police (SS). to further expand the Nazi regime, they resorted to methods such as intimidating and often threatening any individual if they do not comply with their orders. By doing this, people were persuaded through force and shunned in terror and in conclusion, thought that it was best not to challenge Nazi officials. Controlled participation
The Nazi secret police, also known as the Gestapo had a special task assigned by Hitler. At times of his speeches, the Gestapo ensured that everyone lend their ears to Hitler. By using force and terror (such as threat and violence) they were able to maintain and secure order during official Nazi events. Censorship was also implemented. Through this, the Nazi can suppress all other ideas that were opposed to their beliefs and therefore create a system of controlled participation. Indoctrination
By indoctrinating the German youth through education and the citizens through his speeches, a blind devotion to Hitler grew. Nazi scholars and educators glorified Nordic and other “Aryan” races, while denigrating Jews and other so-called inferior peoples incapable of creating culture or civilization. Indoctrination aimed to produce race-conscious, obedient, self-sacrificing Germans who would be willing to die for the Nazi party. Propaganda
Through propaganda, the Nazi party further attained power. Hitler appointed Joseph Goebbels as Minister of Propaganda. As Minister of Propaganda, Goebbels took control over all media to further Nazi propagandistic aims and to ensure that the nation was were fed with material acceptable to the Nazi. Conclusion:
To what extent did the Nazi Germany reject democracy? The apparently obvious answer is that Nazi Germany lead by Adolf Hitler rejected democracy to an extreme. Hitler deceived and tricked the German people into electing him. Hitler manipulated the German people through the use of propaganda, force and terror, indoctrination, and controlled participation into aligning themselves with the Nazi ideology, and enforced them to choose and accept him or his Nazi regime over democracy. Hitler made it a known fact that he despised the Weimar Constitution, The constitution that declared Germany to be a democratic parliamentary Republic. And if Hitler despised the Weimar Constitution, which was the essence of democracy in Europe at the time, Hitler therefore despised democracy. He made it very clear that there would be only one man to lead the German nation, himself. Adolf Hitler operated the democracy system.