Roots of Nazism

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Nazism was a very destructive force, led almost solely by one man named Adolf Hitler. Hitler raised his power status skilfully through indoctrinating the public extremely well. Education of children, and the promises of solutions to the most common and troublesome of problems brainwashed the public into following his every move. After gaining power in Germany, Nazism survived and flourished internationally through Hitler's maintenance of stern, authoritarian rule. A constant state of terror and bombardment of propaganda caused such a state. The Third Reich was founded on Nazi ideas, which Hitler supplied nearly entirely himself. Nazism could not have happened or succeeded without Adolf Hitler.

Undoubtedly the most loyal of Hitler's following was the youth. Teen and especially child minds are especially vulnerable to propaganda and irrational thought, which made them the easiest target for Dr. Goebells' job of brainwashing all the easier and more in-depth. From a very early age, children were told horrific stories and poems, telling the proposed evils and plans of the Jews.

Der Giftpilz (The Poisonous Mushroom) was a popular book for young children, and was a compilation of many short stories and poems describing the metaphor between the Poisonous Mushroom and the Jew. At the beginning of the publication, the child would hear ideas of how 'just as a single mushroom can kill a whole family, so a solitary Jew can destroy a whole city, even an entire nation.' (Waite 76) Injurious and abusive to children, Jews were portrayed as symbolising everything which is harmful and everything which opposes Germans or the German nation.

Militarism also played a large role in the blasts to impregnate children with commonly thought immoral ideas. Innumerable publication praised the need for military use and conquest of the pure German race. 'Hilf Mit!' was a magasine devoted...