How far do you agree that Hitler's policies were a success for German people during the 1930s?

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I agree to a large extent that Hitler's policies were a success for German people during the 1930s. Hitler's economic and education policies were a success but his anti-Jewish policy/policy of using violence and intimidation was a failure.

Hitler's economic four-year plan in 1936 emphasized rearmament and the production of local substitutes for raw materials. Hitler's first step was to ban all trade unions as they were a possible source of opposition. Instead, he set up his own compulsory trade union called the German Labour Front which indoctrinated the workers in the Nationalist Socialist state mentality. He also set up 3 other organizations such as National Labour Service, Beauty of Labour to monitor work conditions and Strength through joy, to organize activities to keep the workers happy. This was to keep the support of the workers once it had been gained through the provision of jobs. Hitler made sure consumer goods, like radios, were cheap and plentiful.

However, he limited the amount of goods produced as less consumer goods in shops meant that people would not feel badly off if they could not afford them. This prevented them from feeling poor or unsatisfied with their standard of living. Hitler also pushed factories to produce war goods to prepare Germany for war. This would ensure the security of the Germans.

Hitler's education policies were a success as he managed to condition the Germans into believing that the Nazi's were the most powerful. Students were indoctrinated with Hitler's ideas. This would ensure a country with no opposition in the future. Teacher's were sacked if they did not have the right political opinions. Students had no opportunity to think for themselves, they even took race studies as a school subject. They were also expected to join youth organizations in their spare time such...