Totalitarianism - Germany

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Nazi Germany can be classed as a Totalitarian State. With Hitler as Fuhrer and his ministers in control of most aspects of German social, political, legal, economical, and cultural life during the years 1933 to 1939, they mastered complete control and dictatorship upon Germany. In a totalitarian state, the party leadership maintains total control over the government. The criteria required for a complete totalitarian regime consist of a one party state, strict ideology, Propaganda, Censorship, Terror, Strong leader, One Party Rule, Economic Control and Extreme Nationalism. Hitler achieved Nazi Germany’s single party state through the various stages of his accession to power. His first step in accession to power was through decrees; the “Emergency Decree”, suspended various parts of the constitution and “Enabling Act” for the “removal of the distress of people and state” the power to rule disregarding the constitution in order to deal with the problems confronting the nation this allowed Hitler to become a dictator. 1933 trade unions were abolished, to win the support of the working class and to control the organisation of labour. The ‘law against the Formation of New Parties’ declared that the Nazi’s were the only political party. 1934 all state parliaments were disbanded and power was transferred to the Reichstag. In August 1934, democracy had ceased to exist and the freedom of Germans was suspended. Nazi Germany’s, ideology was the “Volksgemeinschaft” or the Peoples community or National Socialism and was filtered into the cultural life and leisure of Germany, religion, and status of women. It was to be a new community free from class barriers and social conflict and a sense of national unity was to be introduced, a community where all racially pure Germans were equal and had a sense of belonging. There was no place for Jews, gypsies, homosexuals,
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