Law and Order Nazis in Power Part 1: Consent and Popularity Law & Order in Nazi Germany



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Law and Order

  • Nazis in Power Part 1: Consent and Popularity

Law & Order in Nazi Germany

  • So far we have looked at election results and the economy in this unit.
  • Today we will look at Law and Order.

Remember!

  • The Nazi Party received a great deal of support for doing the things Weimar could not. For example:
  • Putting people to work
  • Restoring law and order
  • Defending the country

Strong Authoritarian Government KU

  • Many people were thankful for the return to what they believed was a strong government – one strong leader, one Führer
  • Germany now had a totalitarian government – one political party who controlled every aspect of life
  • Trade Unions were being strictly controlled by the German Labour Front – many middle classes preferred this to the liberal years of Weimar

Law and Order - KU

  • Law and order had pretty much broken down in Weimar Germany – eg. Spartacist Revolt, riots in streets and the Reichstag fire.
  • The Nazis made correction of this a top priority.
  • They quickly stopped violence in the streets mainly because the other parties were now gone – there was no one for the SA Brown shirts to fight

In order to ensure the obedience of the people and the acceptance of his will, Hitler and his associates set about creating the apparatus of a police state.

  • In order to ensure the obedience of the people and the acceptance of his will, Hitler and his associates set about creating the apparatus of a police state.
  • The SS was the state’s internal security service, its purpose being to root out any opposition, real or imagined, to the will of the Fuhrer. Led by Heinrich Himmler.

The SS were now in charge of the police and created the infamous GESTAPO.

  • The SS were now in charge of the police and created the infamous GESTAPO.
  • These were secret police who spied on the German people looking for anyone who opposed the Nazi regime.
  • Through their system of informers they arrested anyone the Nazis considered anti-socials (people who didn’t fit in) e.g.communists, socialists, homosexuals, criminals and Jews.
  • Often these groups were unpopular in society – so people felt the Nazis were improving German society

Law and Order - Analysis

  • Many Germans had been frightened by the apparent chaos of the Weimar years – The Nazis were creating a more disciplined and punitive society
  • Many were willing to sacrifice some rights and civil liberties for a strong government which they felt was better for Germany
  • Many Germans were happy to see ‘undesirables’ being punished – many felt Criminals or Communists etc were not a great loss to German society

Nazis in Power Essay Plan we will now add today’s information on to the plan for this essay

  • Law & Order
  • KU:
  • A:
  • KU
  • A:
  • Consent/Popularity

Video Clips

  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/hitler-becomes-chancellor/3270.html
  • http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/nazi-germany-opposing-views/3272.html


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