Hitler And Totalitarianism

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“Nazi Germany gave us a big ungainly word, yet one that we still use: totalitarianism. We may even throw it around too loosely, applying it to a lot of foreign leaders whom we don't like. But heres what it meant in the context of Nazi Germany: the destruction of all persons and groups that would challenge Hitler's supremacy. This destruction singled out not only the Jews but also most intellectuals, the Communists and the Socialists, the labour unions, the Catholic Church, parts of the Lutheran ministry and even elements of the Nazi movement itself. Nazism was a revolution, and revolutions tend to devour their own.” The words of Robert Smith Thompson (2003, 141) have just described the crisis that was facing the... View More »

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This was a calculated and deliberate response by the Nazis so they could increase their control. Evidence of extreme totalitarianism.

The Nazis had a very clear idea of what they wanted the German culture to be like. They did not tolerate writers, philosophers; professors and great thinkers who would perhaps question the party’s motives. Instead they had a great respect for members of the Aryan race (blonde hair, blue eyes, tall, athletic build). This image is quite ironic as the Nazi party was represented by Hitler who was dark, Goebbels who was short and by Goering who was fat. Persecution of Jews, homosexuals and gypsies was a central belief in the Nazi party’s doctrine. These people were not seen to have the same traits and worthy characteristics as Hitler’s master race and were undeserving of a place in Hitler’s unified Germany. These people were seen to be the cause of all Germany’s problems. They were used as a scapegoat.

The successfulness of this scapegoat theory depended on the success of the Third Reich’s biggest and most important tool: propaganda.
Propaganda is a means of communicating a point of view through organised spreading of information. It promotes the views of a government or movement with the intention of manipulating peoples behaviours or attitudes. Propaganda was vital to the success of the empire. Goebbels once said in 1934 that ‘Propaganda was a sharpest weapon in conquering the state, and remains our sharpest weapon in maintaining and building up the state.’ (Hite and Hinton, 2007, 244). Indeed, the Third Reich would not have been ...

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