Analysis: Ordinary German, Ordinary Nazis

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Ordinary Germans, Ordinary Nazis World War II was the stage of numerous horrific atrocities. But it was only after the war that the world witnessed the extent of the crimes committed by the Nazis. As evidence of the unthinkable genocide against the Jewish people was uncovered, people could only watch in horror. Nations everywhere gazed in shock at the ability of the Nazi Party to convince ordinary people to allow, and even take part in, such horrendous actions. They masterfully sculpted and re-sculpted an entire country of people. The Nazis used propaganda, fear, and the indoctrination of children to spread their twisted ideology and persuade normal people to act on those beliefs. The Nazis dedicated much of their resources to spreading …show more content…
In children, the Nazis found the perfect blank canvas to paint their extreme ideologies. The textbooks used in schools were revised to reflect Nazi view and racial science was taught in schools. By the time children were around nine or ten, they wholeheartedly accepted these ideas. Children are very susceptible to being misled, especially by people they hold in high esteem. To young students, their school teachers are the epitomes of wisdom who are never incorrect. By having one of their most trusted adults tell them this false information, a generation of German youth grew up to unquestioningly believe this pseudoscience. After all, they had never experienced a pre-Nazi era before these ideas became widely circulated. An even more detrimental propaganda program directed towards children was introduced to them at the tender age of ten. The Hitler Youth program was mandatory and designed specifically as a vehicle to brainwash children. Prior to joining, all were required to swear an oath of loyalty to Hitler. This created an atmosphere filled with the most vocal Nazis to help develop a blind and absolute faith to the Nazi Party. Furthermore, Hitler Youth groups attended many exciting events that made children enjoy being part of such an organization. One was the Nuremburg Rallies hosted once a year. The lavish displays of celebration and thousands of spectators made the youths feel proud of their Aryan …show more content…
The Nazi Party created fear within its societies to silence those who dared to dissent. Any small infringement suspected to be expressing opinions against the Nazi regime were severely punished. For instance, in The Book Thief, Rosa was terrified when she could not find the Nazi flag to hang up for Hitler’s birthday. Even an act like that could cause an entire family to be mysteriously taken away. Almost everyone wants to protect themselves and their family first, so even those with working moral compasses were too frightened to voice their disagreement. For some, the Nazis did convince to agree with their ideology; however, for many others, they simply intimidated them into

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