How Far Do You Agree That Hitler’s Regime Was a ‘Consensus Dictatorship’?

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How far do you agree that Hitler’s Regime was a ‘consensus dictatorship’? A consensus dictatorship is on that suggests Hitler’s regime was surrounded by a general agreement. This would mean that the majority of the German public were in cooperation with the Nazi regime and agreed with both the enforced and promoted concept of the regime. Hitler had mainly achieved this by trying to ‘ win over the hearts and minds of all non-Jewish Germans’ this would mean he would have the majority of the Germans citizens on his side. However, it is also suggested that many of the people had only consented due to fear which can be inferred from source 5 that it was the methods of the Nazi apparatus of terror that had led to the people conforming.…show more content…
The public voluntarily had given in the names of Jews to the Nazis due to jealousy and terror imposed on them by the Nazi’s which suggests that the terror apparatus used on civilians was effective and the public were forced to conform to the dictatorship but overall most people acted towards their own benefit and the countless denunciations which included false accusations indicate that the regime was a consensus dictatorship. On the other hand, the opposition faced by the Nazi regime is evidence that the Nazi Regime was not a consented one. In Source 5 it mentions the political opponents being detained in the concentration camps but even with this sort of mass terror of demolishing the left there was signs of opposition against the regime. The fact that there were low-level resistance jokes around shows the Nazis were unpopular. People were trying to pick holes in the system rather than just accept it. People were trying to spread the word. This also indicated the fear people had of Hitler and it was this fear that forced the people to conform. The Church although having an agreement with Hitler called the concordat had stood against the regime a number of times. For example, Bishop von Galen of Munster had stood against the euthanasia programmes. There was also opposition from the youth, an example the swing kids, they expressed their individuality by wearing their hair long and listened to jazz. But most opposition and resistance was only involved
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