Ib History Essay: Nazi Ideology

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DIa | History Essay | Strength and Weaknesses from the impact of Nazi ideology on Germany | | Jean-Vincent Mewald | 3/March/2012 |


Nazi ideology had a massive impact on the German people in the years from 1933-39. All aspects of the Germans where influenced by the Nazi ideology (culturally, socially and economical). Nazi ideology affected mostly the younger generation of Germans, as it was easier to manipulate them through school and youth groups. In addition, Nazi leaders thought it was of great importance and considered to prioritize the lecturing of the youth and grow them up as “perfect Germans”. Nazi ideology affected the German school education system, for instance, by including an extra class where children were
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The Nazis would use propaganda to harass the Jewish or other ethnic minorities which were categorized as lower classed races. They would blame them for the economic and financial troubles, the loss of the Great War, and for the communist threat against Nazi Germany. The propaganda worked so well that most Germans at that time held it for a correct idea to have a pure Germany, unconsciously allowing the Nazi party to slaughter ~6 million Jews and other ethnic groups which didn’t fit the characteristics of a “perfect German”.
When the Nazi party completely took over power, they had the vision to restore proper traditional German culture in Germany. This too meant that for instance artist that expressed their emotional feelings /political views through their art, were persecuted if the art that was painted did not align with the Nazi ideology or seemed anti-Nazi. This was a weakness since artist and film makers flourished during the years of the Weimar republic, capturing historic moments and filming them from a primary perspective. However, the Nazis came and basically filtered everything that seemed anti-Nazi or promoted something else than what the Nazis wanted. The Nazis then used cinemas and art for the own propaganda reasons. Only allowing their films which manipulated the German viewers and promoting the German superior race, banning any foreign movies or documentaries which
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