Hitler Social Control

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1. The Nazi Pursuit of Manipulative Control
Civil and societal manipulation of the German people was seen following the American market crash of 1929 when unemployment imprisoned nearly fourteen percent of the available workforce (196). With no noticeable intervention from the Weimar Republic, ordinary people were under the impression that democracy had failed the republic and they believed the current system should be removed (196). Capitalizing on the vulnerability of the German people following economic and agricultural crisis, Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (NSDAP) exploited the situation by leveraging popular opinion and making radical promises to improve the chances of entering the Reichstag with civic encouragement
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Understanding that “he who controls both [the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Education] and ruthlessly and persistently exploits his power in [both] can achieve extraordinary things,” he demanded control of two ministries within the Republic’s Government, which was met with unwelcomed opposition (197). Frustrated with the German Peoples Party’s reasoning behind rejecting his proposal, Hitler presented the Reichstag with an ultimatum, which after discussion was accepted. Realizing the various political parties in opposition of the NSDAP, Hitler ordered his newly appointed Minister of both the Interior and Education, Wilhelm Frick, to rid civil services of Marxists and to incorporate National Socialist ideas into the education system (197). However, without complete control of the republic, the first attempts to seize control were anything but successful for the NSDAP. Nevertheless, the party continued to target both the susceptible forms of media through propaganda and vulnerable, yet influential individuals through intimidation. The National Socialists were increasingly forcing themselves on to the front page of newspapers and had began to enter the systems of clubs and associations that were representative of the civil and societal structure of many regional communities (198). With growing support, the appeal of a large, expanding, influential national party seemed to be the best representation of local interests under the idea of a united Germany (198) Remarkably enough, Hitler was able to not only identify the conduits of least resistance, but also capitalize on these opportunities and leverage his successes to help achieve his later seizure of
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