The Nazi Regime Essay

2608 words - 10 pages

The Nazi Regime

In this essay I will be analyzing the statement; The most important
reason why there was little opposition towards the Nazi regime was
because of its use of propaganda. In order to do this I will explain
how the Nazis actions and the events leading up to the war prevented
opposition.

During the pre ww2 era and particularly in the 1930s Hitler focused a
lot of his attention on the propaganda surrounding himself and the
policies of his Nazi party. A massive propaganda campaign was
launched which aimed to convince the German people that all the Nazis
did was right and good. The man behind this campaign was Josef
Goebbles, a vain, ambitious, anti- Semitic womanizer. Geobbles
campaign was so effective that opposing views would rarely have been
visible publicly; however there were some instances, in particular one
involving an attempt on Hitler’s life that showed that there was some
opposition to the Nazi regime. This opposition involved communist and
social democrat parties youth groups, churches and the army. An
example of opposition arose when two members of the white rose
organization, Hans and Sophie Scholl began distributing a series of
anti Nazi pamphlets depicting the negative side of its regime. They
were quickly dealt with by the Nazis and subsequently executed. The
Nazi party also encountered political opposition during February of
1933 when the German Reichstag was set on fire. A Dutch communist
called Marinus van der lubbe was blamed for the attack. However, many
people believed that the fire was not the work of communists but
instead a clever, Nazi engineered way of creating anti communist
hysteria among the German people. Goering was later said to have
boasted about Nazi responsibility for destroying the Reichstag. Of
course, Hitler seized on this event and claimed that a bolshevist
revolution was underway in Germany and that communist were attempting
to seize power.

The church was also involved in opposing Nazi regimes. An organization
called the confessing church was formed. It spoke out against Nazism,
how it infiltrated the church and the Nazi anti Semitic policies.
Members of the Confessing Church also helped approximately 2000 Jews
escape to freedom.

Probably one of the most significant and blatant acts of opposition
towards Nazism occurred during the latter stages of the war in July
1944 when a bomb plot executed by members of the German army took
place. The intent was to kill Hitler and hopefully end his regime,
however the plan failed and Hitler survived despite badly injuring his
right arm. The plan was nicknamed the Stauffenberg bomb plot.

Although the opposition instances mentioned caused the Nazis some
concern, Goebbles and his Nazi propaganda machine managed to overcome
them. They did this by taking control of the medial...

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