Why Did Germans Support Hitler?
Nowadays we see Hitler as one of the most evil men to ever have lived. But it is important to realise that the Germans who voted for him are not at fault. They saw a man who could rebuild their country, restore nation al pride, and bring them back from desperate poverty and hyper-inflation. At the time he was a very modern, up to date person. He took advantage of the available technology. For example he was one of the first German politicians to fly in an aeroplane. He almost brain washed the country, by giving them hope of a better future, and shifting the blame of the nation’s state onto a common enemy: the Jewish population.
The Jews were an easy target, mainly because the majority of them were fairly rich. Because the war was blamed on the Jews, the rest of Germany felt less guilty about losing the war. When he first started his speeches, people realised he hated Jews, and many of his audience even shared the belief. But even so, ordinary Germans who voted for him could not have foreseen his attempt to destroy the Jewish race. The speeches aforementioned where designed to completely captivate the audience. He used techniques that only recently have been adopted my speakers.
For example, at the beginning, he would stand in complete silence until the audience’s attention was focused on him. Only then would he speak. He shouted in short sharp sentences. In between, the audience would shout and scream. Women described feeling of almost orgasm during his speeches, although that is probably gross exaggeration. One of the appeals of Hitler’s regime was the ritualistic parades. These were candle lit marches through towns and cities, marched to the beat of patriotic music.
He also made it seem like the rest of the world was inferior to the Germans, and this made the average German feel proud to be German. Even though most people were in desperate poverty, they felt proud, better than everyone else. The ones he picked on particularly though, were the Jews, the slaves and Russians. As well as gaining the support of many adults, Hitler brainwashes the youth of Germany. He taught them to worship him like Jesus, and in nurseries children prayed to Hitler. He had the youth of the nation under his control, nd because they were brought up in that way, they would continue to believe it for the rest of their lives. Hitler’s policies were also particularly appealing to most Germans, bar those who were Jewish, communist, socialist or individualists. Germany was a good place to live if you did not fall into those categories. His policies pleased those who felt bitter about the loss of the war, because they included taking revenge for Versai, capturing more living space from Russia, and the exclusion of Jews. Not many people minded about the Jews, because Hitler had made them a common enemy.
Although his policies were appealing, it would be expected for some people to speak out against him, but very few did. The press was tightly controlled by the government, and it went through heavy censorship, so anything negative was filtered out, and no one ever found out about it. In conclusion, it can be said that the main reason that germans voted for Hitler was because they didn’t know any better. They couldn’t have predicted that he would start the largest war known to man, kill over six million Jews, and indirectly cause the first and only (so far) nuclear attacks.
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