The Nazi Regime Enjoyed Broad Consent Brought About by Popular Policies.’

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As in any country, the support of the working classes was essential for Hitler to maintain the power he had over Germany. Hitler’s use of ‘Strength through Joy’ holidays is the discussed topic in the given sources. Whilst all sources show different opinions on this topic, they all agree that, to a certain extent, that Hitler’s use of ‘popular policies’ was instrumental in his enormous support base. Despite all sources coming from accredited historians it must also be considered that there will always be an element of bias in people’s work, and their opinions should not be taken as fact.

Source Y, written by Hans Dieter Schafer, suggests that Hitler played on state paternalism, by vastly improving working conditions; sourcing cheap cars
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Without a designated union to fight for them, working classes could not bargain for higher wages or shorter hours. Fest does not pretend that this was for the benefit of the people and suggest that this sort of contempt for the working classes was typical of Hitler. The source highlights the “considerable deprivation of political rights” which is a key theme within this question, the overall feeling from source z is that the system which Hitler installed was not successful, however, it can be strongly argued that is was, as seen in source y, his manipulation of the lower classes provided Hitler with what can only be described as a mass following.

Both source y and z suggest that Hitler understood workers’ mentality; in contrast source aa suggests that the regime believed ‘Strength through Joy’ could have an ideological impact. What this source, written by Richard Evans, shows is that the workers had no understanding, nor did they care for politics, which is a strong contradiction to the theme in source z. It is suggested that the working classes just saw the holidays as an escape from everyday life. However, where this source is lacking is its lack of content over the cultural aspects of the holidays. It states that they were “appreciated”, but is not conclusive as to whether the workers were won over by Nazism via the programme. The general consensus as the end of this source is reached is that the programme was