Everyday Life in Nazi Germany

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Everyday Life in Nazi Germany Ordinary life for German citizens during Nazi Germany can be a challenging topic to study. Given the complexity of individual human nature as well as varying group ideologies, makes this a difficult topic to analyze. Robert Gellately offers an interesting perspective in his book, The Gestapo and German Society: Enforcing Racial Policy. Gellately’s book demonstrates vast amounts of German individuals willing to participle in the enforcement of Nazi racial policy. In contrast to Gellately, John Delaney purports certain groups of German civilians were less inclined to follow racial policies, in his article, “Sowing Volksgemeinschaft in Bavaria’s Stony Village Soil: Catholic Peasant Rejection of Anti-Polish Racial Policy, 1939-1945.” Examination of the two articles displays that geographical location, wealth, and one’s pre-existing ideologies played a ample role in how individual citizens experienced ordinary life during Nazi Germany. Geography played a crucial role in how one experienced life during Nazi ruler ship. Agrarian parts of Germany would have been harder to patrol and would have a higher degree of privacy. When labor shortages encouraged Nazis to ship Polish laborers to rural areas, such as Bavaria, the agrarian type people could relate more to the Polish worker. Before the war, many Polish citizens had lived in small villages or rural landscapes and were used to the agrarian lifestyle. Germans living in agrarian areas could sympathize with the Polish workers far beyond what that of an urban German citizen might have. The Catholic peasant population in Germany most likely rejected Nazi racial policies more than other groups. From a religious perspective, if one believes in God, it doesn’t matter if they are German or Polish. The Nazis had a difficult time convincing the staunch Catholics to partake in their

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