A Grade model answer: Explaining socialisation in Nazi Germany.

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Alicia Northall: (10N) Humanities
Explain socialisation in Nazi Germany
During the Nazi regime, socialisation was key to the future of Germany. Within
this essay I will seek to highlight its main features including education, peer
groups, parents and family, media and religion.
Primary socialisation started from an early age where family, mainly parents,
influenced the developments, understanding and learning of their children. For
example, prohibiting children to play with certain others due to their religion or
appearance (race) and only exposing them to selected Nazi literature. This was
strongly encouraged because parents did not want their children to grow up
under any other influence to continue the same regime.
Religion played a large part in primary socialisation, manipulating the people to
believe who deserved certain rights to life itself. Primary socialisation
determined your values, traditions, attitudes and beliefs.
Secondary socialisation was when a person/family moved into a new area,
began a new school, work place or joined new social groups. In Nazi Germany,
education played one of the most important roles. Only certain subjects were to
be taught and many were cut altogether. Physical fitness was more important
than knowledge or intelligence. Children from alternative races or abilities, were
singled out at school, they were appointed different coloured work books and
uniform so that German children would not associate themselves with the lower
Peers groups influenced children to `follow the crowd' and to be like everyone
else Hitler intended this to occur by arranging the `BMD' (League of German
girls) and `Hitlerjugend Proper' (For boys). In these groups they were structured
to work in exact correspondence with each other and to be involved in the vital
future and moulding of Nazi Germany.
The media (Propaganda) such as magazines, newspapers, television, posters
and public speeches were constantly drip fed to make the people believe that
there was a coming of a new generation that would improve the way of life of all
Germans and their country. Using the media, Germans of an `Arian race' were
encouraged to reproduce, men to join the army, women to replace male jobs and
showed children supporting the community and their great leader.
In conclusion the Nazi government would not have thrived for so long without the
aid of the media, education, peers and family to support the beliefs and values of
the Nazi party. I think that the most influential part of socialisation was the Media,
as the entitlement to broaden your own mind and to form your own opinion was
not available or accepted.


Chris Giles

Excellent resource thanks

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