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GLEICHSCHALTUNG ~ the process by which the Nazi regime succ

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Erin Meese

on 23 August 2013

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Transcript of GLEICHSCHALTUNG ~ the process by which the Nazi regime succ

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli
GLEICHSCHALTUNG ~ the process by which the Nazi regime successively established a system of total control and co-ordination of all aspects of society. The government's desire for total control impelled it to function as the only influence on society. ~
Gleichschaltung refers to the legal measures taken by the government during the 20 months that followed 30 January 1933, when Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. It was a policy where the Nazi’s formed their own organisations with compulsory membership. A Nazi version of everything allowed them to control all aspects of German Life.
The Gleichschaltung affected the German population in particular young children.
Who was affected?
How did it influence people's attitudes toward Hitler, the Nazi's and their regime?
The Gleichschaltung changed people’s attitudes towards Hitler. The policies gave the public a sense of security and they were able to trust Hitler. He was keeping children occupied and educating them and he was also providing job opportunities for all aspects of the German population, young or old. One of the goals of the Gleichschaltung was to eliminate individualism which encouraged people who were also against it to vote for Hitler.
How did it help Hitler rise and/ or consolidate his power?
The Gleichschaltung helped Hitler rise to power because it provided him with the control he needed to rule over different aspects of German society. He was able to eradicate groups that he believed would threaten to overthrow his power and create new policies and organisations, fully understanding what the responsibilities of those groups were and provide himself with a sense of security knowing that he wasn’t under immediate threat.

- Boys first served as apprentices in the Pimpfen (cubs), beginning at the age of 6, and at age 10, entered the Deutsches Jungvolk (Young German Boys) and served there until entering the Hitler Youth proper at age 14. Boys remained in the Hitler Youth proper until they were 18, at which time they entered into the Arbeitsdienst (Labor Service) and the armed forces (Wehrmacht).

At the age of 10 girls became part of the Jungmädel (Young Maidens) and at age 14 were enrolled in the Bund Deutscher Mädel (League of German Maidens). At 18 Bund Deutscher Madel members went generally to the eastern territory for their Pflichtdienst, or Landjahr and did a year of labor on a farm. (Military Services)

Nazis started talking differently and made people live by different rules.
This image depicts how the Nazis were placing thoughts and ideas into the heads of others (especially children) by living like a Nazi.

Mothers and young children are happy to be meeting Adolf Hitler, unaware of the issues to arise, under the life of Hitler.
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