Between 1933 and 1939 the German economy recovered, unemployment fell, public works (like road building) were much in evidence and there were strong Nazi claims that a major achievement had been accomplished as a result of their policies. This has been questioned by historians and it is important to gather information not only on what the Nazis did in terms of economic policy but also to consider whether they were, in any way, creating original policies that actually delivered results.
Notes will be needed on the following aspects:
Nazi control over German society made it possible for an attempt to be made to re-shape peoples’ ideas and beliefs. This involved control over the school curriculum and over teaching staff. It also included control over what adults read and heard. The churches, whose ministers and priests preached rather different beliefs, found this a difficult situation and one that led to conflict. The Nazi racial views could now be enforced in an increasingly cruel manner.
This section of the course will require notes on a number of aspects: