Nazi Energy Conservation CampaignRobertson, Matthew. “Origins of World War Two.” (2015).
The above poster dates back to 1940 and was used by the Nazis in their energy conservation campaigns. The black figure denotes a coal thief symbolizing the wasted energy. In English translations, the message is “there he is again,” meaning the thief has come back again. The thief is always hungry; the sack he carries is always empty. He is greedy, sneaks around the window, switches of the lights and steals whatever he can. The thief steals armaments production; he steals from the city and also in the countryside. This thief needs to be caught, read the poster.
The above message can be related to the US invasion of Iraq to loot their oil as they politically restructured the Middle East. This is a part of the policy of militaristic imperialism that is mostly used by the Americans and the British in their ruling circles and has been engaged in for several centuries. In the American Revolution, the main agenda was to bring the United States under British rulers with the regime termed as the public democracy. The Hitler method of rulership was seen as a way of avoiding invasion of these two super powerful colonies from invading German and decentralizing its economy.
Evidence of British invasion to the Germany can be traced back to their interest in the fuel supplies even before the war broke up in the Germany. The British focused mainly on bombing the Germany from the directives they received from the Air Ministry. Starting June, the main target was the oil prioritizing on night bombings. They also prioritized on water and other industries if the oil industries could not be traced. The British also invaded and destroyed Germans aircraft industries, lines of communication between Germany and other armies, so that they could not ask for reinforcement from their friends. Five oil refineries were the main target as they were the most important to the German economy at that time. This was to be achieved through the policy of real attacks.
Holocaust Concentration Camps
Kiernan, B. “Hitler, Pol Pot, and Hutu Power: Distinguishing Themes of Genocidal Ideology [Jelektronnyj resurs].” The Holocaust and the UN Outreach Programme. URL: http://www. un. org/en/holocaustremembrance/docs/paper3. shtml.
The Holocaust was known as one of the most notorious criminal act that saw the murder of millions of Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators. This was during the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and at the end of the war in Europe in 1945. The Nazis mission was to murder every Jew who was under their domination. Nazis discrimination against the Jews started when Hitler ascended to power in 1933, and many historians consider this as the start of the Holocaust era. Jews were not only the targets of this Hitler’s regime but entirely, the only group that Nazis were determined to destroy.
This era can be termed or linked to any genocide that has ever been witnessed in the world. Genocide is a legal term meaning destruction of essential foundations of a certain group or nations. Holocaust is an expression and most arguably extreme expression mode of genocide. Such a case is similar to the Syria or Rwanda genocides which saw millions of its citizens murdered during civil wars.
The Holocaust was unique in its way in that, unlike other genocides, the Nazis concentrated in every Jew everywhere regardless of their gender, age, action or beliefs as they invoked a modern government bureaucracy for them to accomplish their mission. They also believed that allowing the Jews to flourish in their country would eventually be beneficial to the Germany people but in the real circumstance, the Jews posed no threat to the country. The only thing that the Germans were grounded on was racism ideology that they saw the Jews as a destructive race. This ideology led to the implementation of the murderous policy referred to as “The final solution.”
War and its impact on life in Germany: How much opposition was there to the Nazis in Germany during the war years?
Schütze, Fritz. “Pressure and guilt: War experiences of a young German soldier and their biographical implications (part 1).” International Sociology 7.2 (1992): 187-208.
General Ludwig Beck led the plot aimed at assassinating Hitler immediately after resigning from the army. German had at that time defeated Austria. This conspiracy to eliminate Hitler was planned together with Karl Goerdeler. The two were to use the armed forces, but unfortunately, they did not succeed. The planed bomb took place in July 1944, and the operation dumbed Valkyrie aimed at killing Hitler and taking over Berlin using the army. Four people were killed, and Hitler suffered minor injuries.
More than 5000 people died. Those who were suspected of being part of the plot to eliminate Hitler were killed including generals and colonels.
Opposing the Nazis regime was very dangerously and those who made an attempt faced serious consequences including death and other major cruelties. Though there was a good deal for anti-Nazism, between 1933 and 1939, much of these resistances were done in secret as people feared the expansive police states and large power agencies such as Gestapo. This sort of decisive leadership and economic success was necessary for the Germans if they had to remain within their territory. There were several forms of opposition movements in different sectors of the society all aimed at ensuring the Nazi regime was disbanded and put under control. However, by mid-1933, all these movements failed to take control of the regimes and were disbanded but the Nazis movement.
The largest source of resistance in the Nazi regime was the social democratic party (SPD) this was the largest source of resistance. However, it was declared illegal in May 1933 and robbed off all its funds, and the force was disbanded. Following this atrocity, its leadership relocated it to Prague where they continued to operate in secret and renamed itself to Sopade. Many of its members remained in German and went underground to form a resistance group known as Roter Strosstrupp
The Big Lie technique –
Hitler was determined to lie for the rest of his regime, though in public he maintained that all his propagandas were true. For the Jews, all they were capable of were lies that led them to the fighting of a comrade, the Marxists for them to impute responsibility.
Hitler in many of his speeches used idioms to put his points across. In one of his quotes, famously known as the “the big lie,” Hitler was noted saying “Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually, the public will believe it.” This form of propaganda techniques was very popular and has been since WW1. The expression is coiled around 1952 Mein book, as he used the lie to perpetuate that no one could have the impudence to destroy or change the truth. Hitler on his side claimed that the method was employed by the Jews to blame the Germans loss of the WW1.
Hitler was mostly inspired by a principle which was quite true within him. That was a big lie always supervises a certain force of credibility since more people are always corrupted in their desperate strata of the emotional nature, more voluntarily or consciously. It is in this state of primitivism of their thinking that many fall victims to the big lie rather than small lies/ many times people tell small lies regarding small matters but are always ashamed of restoring large case falsehoods.
Even though facts that prove this could be brought clearly to their minds, people will still doubt and waver away and always continue to think that after that are some other explanations to the small lies. Telling big lies gives people a headache to think of the outcomes, and therefore they remain satisfied with what they have heard rather than digging to gain another truth. A bold lie will always leave traces behind even if one nail it down, a circumstance that is common to all known professional liars in the world as well as those who collaborate in this art of deceiving.
Extreme economic hardships after WWI
Førland, Tor Egil. “The history of economic warfare: international law, effectiveness, strategies.” Journal of Peace Research 30.2 (1993): 151-162.
One of the major reasons that made the Nazis be attracted to the Germany was the extreme hardship economic status that followed after the WW1. There was a hyperinflation that followed in 1923, such that it reached extreme heights making the German currency lose its value. This was the condition that led to the Weimar Republic beginnings in making of the social democrats. They were the majority at that time and easy prey for the hitter’s party future years. With each upward swing in the economy, the Nazi growth stagnated.
The extreme poverty in that time caused severe hardships in rural communities and among the farmers. Initially, people living in those communities helped each other. However, as inflation continued, it became hard financially making more communists to break down. The National Socialism was able to appeal to the fragmented communities with blood notions, land, and national unity.
In those extreme economic hardships, civil servants majorly, teachers police members and members of the parliament had to swear an oath based on no constitution but to Hitler. The comic had reached rock bottom levels when the Nazi regime came into power. They boosted its recovery emphasizing public works that target the unemployed.
To bring the war to an end, Hitler launched autobahns successfully in a show of national unity meant to bind the country as well as simply the secret of the development of its armed forces. This was done when in 1934, gamin openly challenged the 1919 treaty of Versailles though reinsuring the draft and also aggregating its military power. The Nazis did this to deliver what they had assured its people and reinstate the building of the nation. The accomplishments that they did reinvigorate many people to oversee the basic strategies that Nazi had and even support them. In September 1935, the Nazi party gathered its numbers in the annual rally. They opened with the traditional hymn that added sincerity and a sense of steadiness with the past. This ended with a special session in the parliament far from Berlin. New laws were presented to Hitler and read by the parliament president.