Assess the impact of the Nazi Party on German social and cultural life in the period 1933-39.!
Hitler and the Nazi Party had extensive impact on German society from the moment they came into
power. Amongst Nazi Party ideology was Hitler's belief that he would lead 'a thousand year Reich'.
In order to achieved this, Hitler required a continuous flow of loyal, fanatic followers. These
followers would stem from Germany's youth, thus the establishment of the Hitler Youth. Another
aspect of the ideology was to produce a racially pure and supreme nation with the women of
Germany compelled to be the mothers of this. The cultural life of Germany was to be transformed
to block any corruption of Hitler's pure nation. Furthermore, Nazism became a sort of religion. They
had a messiah: Hitler, a bible: Mein Kampf, iconography: the swastika, it also had an intolerant
dogma along with perhaps Germany's greatest need at the time - an answer to life and being.1
Essentially, every aspect of the German nation was Nazified and if people disagreed with this they
! The establishment of the Hitler Jugend was important for Hitler to maintain popular support. It
made up the foundations of his campaign. This movement was to exist without competition thus
the abolishment of other youth groups. To ensure that the Hitler Youth could be presented as a
positive ideal, the youth were trained and expected to be in good health and physical fitness. Boys
were trained in military tactics and girls were taught domestic skills and child bearing as they were
to be the next generation of master race mothers. The Hitler Youth was prioritised over school thus
the school standards fell in the 1930s. Kindergaten aged children were taught about noble SS
warriors slaying evil Jewish dragons.1...