Nazism as Totalitarianism (Hitler's rule could be either…
Nazism as Totalitarianism
Totalitarianism is a system of government where all power and state affairs are under the control of one party, led by a charismatic leader, which tolerates no opposition.
Hitler's rule could be either totalitarianism or authoritarianism
Authoritarianism - small parts of freedom
Totalitarianism- no form of individual freedom allowed
Personality Cultism - Hitler is worshipped (Totalitarianism)
Totalitarianism - 'national identity'
Authoritarianism- some controls over the country
Authoritarianism- Military fear on people using concentration camps
Totalitarianism - Lack of political freedoms
Arguments for Authoritarianism
One Party State: NSDAP becomes majority, and eventually only, party in the Reichstag
All totalitarian regimes have one thing in common. National Identity.
Hitler did not state whether he wanted a totalitarian or authoritarian state.
The people still have very little personal freedoms, and businesses could still make profit however they like, as long as they accepted Nazi authority.
It depends on which part of the political spectrum to view Nazi regime as totalitarianism or not.
Sought to establish a one party state
Promote national identity
Never shied away from achieving his arms through terror
Attempted to control belief system
Abolished all political freedom
Significantly reduced individual freedoms
Any criticism of the government was met with brutal force
Maintained power through fear
supporters of the SPD or KPD and they had to either alter their beliefs or keep them a secret
On May 2nd 1933 Hitler made Free Trade Unions illegal
SA members raided trade union offices and their leaders were arrested
In their place, the German Labour Front, was established with Dr Robert Tey at its head who was a high ranking Nazi official
There was no intention for violent attacks against Jews in the Nazi's early years of power.
They were disliked, but tolerated in society.
There was repression from Nazi SA members to prevent shopping in Jewish shops.