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GERMANY IN TRANSITION, c1929-1947 Part Two :

Changing life for the German people, 1933-1939

Changing Life for the
German people 193339 Key words


Economic To do with finances and money, especially regarding the country's money.

Social To do with people's lives & how they spend their leisure…

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Master Race A country full of pure Germanblooded people.

National Reich Church A national Nazi church set up & run by the Nazis.

Indoctrinate To get people to believe in a set of ideas.

Compulsory Something that you have to do.

Hitler Youth An organisation run by the Nazis to…

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Nuremburg Laws Laws that made life very difficult for the Jews.

Germany 1933- Hitler has become Chancellor
By January 1933, unemployment had reached 6,000,000.
No one would loan Germany money
The Weimar Government couldn't do anything to help the unemployed.
Hitler was elected on a promise to give the German…

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What did the Nazi's do to control the workforce?

German Labour Front ­ DAF
1. This replaced the Trade Unions and had complete control over the discipline of the workers,
regulated hours of work and rates of pay.
2. Under the new system, working hours increased and wages were frozen.…

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Kinder ­ Children, Kuche
­ Kitchen, Kirche -

Marriage and the family
The Nazi's were very worried about the decline in birth rate. Therefore a massive
propaganda campaign was launched to promote motherhood and large families.
`Law for the Encouragement of Marriage'. The law said that the government would…

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In schools, textbooks were rewritten to paint a good picture of the Nazis. The teaching of
school subjects changed to indoctrinate pupils.
History was distorted to celebrate great German victories and all disasters were blamed
on the Communists and the Jews.
Every subject concentrated on putting across Nazi ideas. For…

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Many civil servants were happy to transfer In the Nazi state all power came from Hitler.
power to the Third Reich as they did not like He had supreme authority in the Nazi state.
the Weimar Republic. All civil servants had to Many laws were made by him and he…

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Central to Nazi policy was the creation of a pure German state. This meant treating all
non-German groups, especially the Jews, as second class citizens.

1. Master race - The Nazis believed that the Germans were a pure race of Aryan
descent. They were all shown in art as blond,…

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1938 ­ (1) Jews had to register possessions, making it easier to confiscate them. (2) Jews had to
carry identity cards. (3) Jewish men had to add `Israel' to their first names, Jewish women, the
name `Sarah' to further humiliate them. (4) Jews had to have the red letter 'J'…

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Hitler made an agreement with the Pope that the Church would not be involved in politics as long as
Hitler did not interfere with the Church. Hitler went back on this agreement:

Priests were harassed and arrested.
If a priest criticised the Nazis they would be sent to a concentration…


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