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Nazi control

The content of this Bite is required at General and Credit levels. This revision page will help you to understand how the Nazi party controlled the German people, once Hitler became Chancellor.

Methods of control

Here are some of the methods used by the Nazis to control every aspect of German life.


Films. Mass media


S.S. Gestapo. S.A.

One Party State

Enabling Act. Parties Banned. Trade Unions


Censorship. Rallies. Parades. Control of media


Enabling act


Hitler Youth. Control of Education

Economic recovery

Rearmament. Fall in unemployment


Video clip - How children were raised under Naziism

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Here are some reasons why the Nazis were able to control everyday life in Germany.

  • The Nazi party was the only political party in Germany. All other parties were banned.
  • Censorship was rigorously enforced by Dr Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. Germans could read and see only what the Nazis permitted.
  • Young people were forced to use school text books that had been rewritten by the Nazis and boys were encouraged to join the Hitler Youth.
  • The Enabling Act allowed Hitler to pass any law without consulting the Reichstag (or parliament).
  • Opponents of the Nazis were rounded up by the Gestapo or the S.S. and most ended up in prison or concentration camps.
  • The Nazis' persecution of Jews meant that many other Germans lived in fear of the Nazis turning on them, too.


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Children marching in the Hitler Youth.

Class Clips

Clip about how children were raised under Naziism


A Holocaust survivor.

Class Clips

Video clip - a survivor of Nazi concentration camps tells his story to school pupils

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