The Nazi Regime Depended More on Its Broad Popularity Than on Terror in the Years 1933-1939. How Far Do You Agree with This Statement?

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The Nazi Regime Depended More on its Broad Popularity than on Terror in the Years 1933-1939.
How Far Do You Agree With This Statement?

It can be argued that in order for the Nazi Regime to have stayed in power, it was essential that they maintain high popularity. On the other hand, though popularity is needed, it can be debated that the use of terror was a more important aspect to the regime as it ensured that the German people would not question or speak out against the regimes policy and actions. The view in source four appears to provide the view that the regime was dependant on its popularity and also agrees with the statement provided. However, if you were to compare this with source five then you would see that it gives the
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On the other hand, it would be clear to note that it would not be accurate to say that all people support the regime as, at this current time, the majority of those who could speak out or didn’t support the regime were receiving the so called ‘work therapy’ at the work camps to which they were sent. Overall, the judgements made by both sources four and five appear to support the statement provided, giving reason to agree.
On the other side of the argument, some historians have taken up the view point that the Nazi regime was highly dependent on it use of terror in order to ensure their survival in power. The use of terror was thorough and extensive in the attempt to prevent and remove all of those who could and would most probably speak out against the Regime. This fear forced the German people into supporting the Nazi Regime and thus explains a reason why the majority of the population were so supportive. In source five, historian Richard J Evans supports with this interpretation of the period that terror was of high importance as he gives the view that all areas of society were watched constantly and that the majority of organisations set up provided information to the Gestapo, the Courts and the Prosecutions Services. In supporting Source five, to some extent, historian E.A. Johnson in source six suggests that the Nazi Regimes terror tactics were both brutal and ruthless towards what they considered their enemies. Furthermore, the fact that source six suggests that

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