The use of Propoganda

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    • The Nazi regime went OTT to present itself as respectable to maintain a general consensus. Propoganda played a key part in the rise in power in 1933  and continued to have a strong influence.
      • Hitler understood the importance of legality in German society so Potsdam Day and the Enabling Act were significant in underlying the legality and making opposition harder to justify.
    • In 1933, a process of political and cultural commenced: the Nazification of German society.
      • This was a two-way process with the Nazi movement encouraging coordination from their end. Many Germans were happy to disband voluntarily or reform under the Nazi banner.
        • From January to May 1933 over 1.6 million Germans joined the Party, mostly for career enhancements.
          • Many civil servants joined immediately after the Law for the Restoration of the Professional Civil Service of April 1933.
            • Women's Groups reformed as the Nazi Women's Front.
      • Hitler came into power by means of a 'legal revolution' so the support of the courts was vital, nominally for the first few years. Most judges and lawyers were instinctively conservative in philosophy and there was no protest when they were all 'coordinated' into the Nazi Association in 1933.
    • The Law for the Protection of State and People, February 1933 suspended civil liberties and put Germany under a permanent state of emergency.
    • Why was it so easy?
      • Fear.
        • Most German intellectuals went along with it, through fear: e.g.: many writers' book were banned and burnt (although the latter was not started by the Nazis themselves but the German Students' Association.
        • Violence was sometimes used by the Nazis to enforce Gleichschaltung when they saw it necessary.
      • Many wanted to be identified with the new regime.


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