Nazi Rule: Terror Essay
Terror as Nazi Rule
Nazism held total control over Germany from 1933 – 1939. The Nazis dominated the everyday life of ordinary people and made it impossible for people to escape the influence of Nazism in their work, their family life, and in their thinking. Although Hitler and the Nazis did bring some prosperity to Germany in economic and social ways at that time, overall the Nazi rule was based on terror.
The Nazi rule wasn't just another German government, this rule was centered on the transformation of Germany which could only be done by affecting the lives and thoughts of every German citizen. Nazi ideals were promoted through films, theater and radio. There was no avoiding it, it was plastered across every form of entertainment imaginable. Most Germans did seem happy with Nazi control and rule, those who weren'thowever were severely dealtwith by either the Gestapo or Hitler's secret service. Propaganda was used most of the time and usually worked, but when that wasn't enough to make citizens believe in the Nazi.
To encourage German people to believe in the Nazi leadership and not think their control was entirely based on terror and intimidation, some Nazi controlled companies and workplaces provided workers with cheap holidays, bargain prices for skiing or cruise ship getaways. This was done to make sure that leisure time was used appropriately so people would not be given the time to think in order to cause problems for Nazi control and regular Nazi day to day existence. People accepted the social benefits and popularity given to them and ignored the Nazi control. Under Nazi control, women in the 1930’s seemed better off and were given many benefits.