The goal of the Nazi regime even before it came to power was to take control of all aspects of life and create a totalitarian state. A totalitarian state is one that has complete control of all aspects of society and the individual is subordinate to the state, and while the Nazi’s did a great number of things to strengthen their control over the population, they were unable to succeed in their ultimate goal of total control. This failure is evident by the number of resistance groups present on different levels of society during Nazi rule, as well as the willingness of the population to denounce Nazi rule as the war came to a close. These failures illustrate that the Nazi party did not have control of the minds of the people, there were people that may have disagreed with the Nazi’s but would rather just stay silent than face the punishment for resistance.
The one thing that can be considered the Nazi Party’s most egregious failure in the creation of a total state is their failure to have complete control over their own government and military. In the creation of a total state total control over all military and government personnel has to be priority number one. This lack of control is clearly highlighted by the most well-known plot to assassinate Hitler, Operation Valkyrie. Operation Valkyrie was an assassination attempt carried-out and orchestrated by high-ranking members of the German government and military. In a truly totalitarian state members of the government would follow Hitler’s orders without question, but as General von Tresckow’s comments after the failed attempt illustrate there were a number of people in the government that despised Hitler and wanted to show the world ...
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...nt calls to public to come out of hiding and openly oppose the government highlights that the Nazi regime failed to infect the minds of the public with their ideology and create a true total state. Unfortunately, the fact that the uprising did not occur illustrates that the use of fear was very important to the Nazi rule. The executions of the members of the White Rose was just another example to the public that dissent would end badly.
The last, and possibly most important, failure of the Nazi regime to create a total state was their failure to infect the minds of the public with their ideology. Although the groups that actively opposed Nazi rule demonstrate the failure of a total state, the even more compelling evidence of this failure is the willingness of the public to forsake Nazi rule once they were no longer afraid of the repercussions of those actions.
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