Success/Failure Of Nazi Government Control

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How successful was the Nazi Government in its control of German society after 1933? Explain your answer. The Nazi Government came into power in 1933, and they used many ways to try control the German society. There are many arguments over how successful they were at achieving this aim. Firstly, they were successful at controlling the society, as Hitler managed to get the Reichstag to agree to the Enabling Act. This meant that the Reichstag was literally voting themself out of power. It allowed Hitler and the Nazi Party to pass any laws they wanted to without permission from the Reichstag or the German people. This allowed Germany to be totally under control of one dictator, Hitler, and gave him all the power he wanted. Through the Enabling Act, he could then step out and truly begin transforming Germany into one big Nazi-controlled country that would obey his every word. Secondly, due to the Enabling Act as mentioned before, Hitler abolished all other parties in a law known as “The Law Against the Formation of Parties” in July 1933. This meant that it was illegal to join or form another political party, and ex-party leaders would be sent to concentration camps, which meant they were as good as dead. Other groups like trade unions were abolished. This contributed to the Nazi’s being so successful in controlling society as there was no one else that could help the people. The people on their own might want to rebel against Nazi rule, but without one leader to unite them, they had no power. This made the Nazis much stronger, and they eliminated all other competitors for power. Thirdly, fear was a major factor that Hitler used very effectively. Agencies like the SA, SS, and the Gestapo could arrest anyone that they found “suspicious”, and Nazi judges made it impossible for people to receive a fair trial. People were encouraged to report others to the
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