Essay by jakeredman October 2014

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Jake Redman

How effective was opposition to the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945? Explain your answer.

In this essay, I will be writing about opposition that opposed the Nazi regime in time period of 1933 and 1945. I will be looking at the multiple different groups and organisations and finding the most effective opposition. The key oppositions was Passive Resistance, private grumbling, open resistance, attempted coup detat and underground resistance. Many important groups in society openly opposed Hitler's regime this included the church, military and citizens. Towards the end of Hitler rein in 1945 opposition gradually increased. None of this opposition to the Nazis was successful and it is difficult to know the true extent of it. Nazi techniques kept Germany restricted by using mass amounts of propaganda produced by Dr Joseph Goebbels and fear which was injected into the Germany population which was created by Heinrich Himmler this kept opposition miniscule in Germany as anyone who did oppose was either executed or sent to an concentration camp.

I believe opposition in Germany was not very effective as Hitler or the Nazi regime was not impacted on a large scale but only caused worry.

As a result of a small amount of German citizens' disagreement and hate for the new Nazi laws which were anti-Jewish and discriminated against a large majority of the population which included disability, homosexuality and many others. They began to passively resist the regime Hitler had set in place. Passive resistance was not widespread. One example of passive resistance was not saluting Hitler or attending the Hitler youth. Passive resistance was never violent or aggressive crimes but simply disobeying Nazi Germany. This common form of opposition was very ineffective to the Nazi regime because of types of crimes they committed, not saluting Hitler would not...