The Idea Of National Socialism In Berman's Triumph Of The Will

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Nazism is a highly criticized topic in history with Hitler and his party being portrayed negatively consistently by most documentaries and books. Commissioned by Hitler, Triumph of the Will is a propaganda film showing the positive reflection of National Socialism in Germany during the four day Nuremburg Rally of 1934. The speeches made by the leaders of the Nazi party make Nazism seem necessary to Germany, showing a different representation of the political views. The importance of Nazism that was highlighted repeatedly shows the idea of a mass culture important to modernity. Triumph of the Will embraces this modernity by showing Germany’s nationalism and formalization of bureaucracies. Triumph of the Will expresses modernity through beliefs …show more content…
In All That Is Solid Melts into Air, Berman defines a part of modernism as people being able to find an environment that they feel promises power and growth of the world. On the other hand, nationalism is defined as a belief that the country or nation is the most important along with a commonality in language or culture. Therefore, Berman’s idea of modernity is seen within nationalism because one of the components of Nazism is to have the power in Germany with the common culture. During World War II, the country shared the common culture with the belief that Germany needs to be purified. In addition to adding to the theme of modernity, nationalism shows the fears of Germany. The fear of being weaker than other countries drives Hitler and the Nazi regime to make Germany stronger in any way possible. Speeches in the film focus on main concepts of furthering and advancing Germany as a whole in economics and social aspects. This includes creating more jobs for people, focusing on the rights of the people, and by creating more industry for the country. By strengthening the different aspects, people believed Germany would again become a strong country, recovering after the first …show more content…
Nazi Germany is a bureaucracy or a totalitarian government because Hitler became the supreme leader or Führer and made the important decisions. The idea of a mass society is shown because many people are in support of the government, even though they are not shown the reality of the war. This blind support shows a change from tradition due to the government that is now in place. Though the bureaucracy planned out the attacks on people who did not fit the Aryan race, the supporters believed Hitler and the other leaders were fighting for the rights of the citizens as a way to better the country. The workers thought they were building roads and advancing society. Supporters were told people were being employed with more jobs opening as the country kept advancing. These workmen were titled as soldiers though they have never seen the battlefield, creating this sense of importance and unity. This formalization of bureaucracy helped further the support of Nazism because many people felt like they belonged and were helping their country. This sense of modernity is shared by everyone since wanting to belong and having a sense of importance to your country and country’s movement is universal. To Berman, modernity is also when the world no longer can organize or give people’s lives meaning. This notion is shown in the bureaucracy because National Socialism is no longer about the individual, but now

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