The historiography of Nazi Germany - Alpha History
Under this new educational regime, “Racial Instruction” was the most valued knowledge while strength was the most valued and respected attribute. Hitler understood that it was necessary to indoctrinate the children of Germany so that the party would have a powerful following in the future. "The Nazi leadership appreciated the difficulty of indoctrinating the older generation.... They were all the more determined to mold the new generation along Nazi lines...create a new type of student..." (Groban, 1990).
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Prior to Hitler's rise to power, German education consisted of a free four year program called . Once the four-year period concluded students could continue at these schools for another period of four years and, if able, could pay a small fee and attend an intermediate school or for an additional one or two years. Once Hitler rose to power sweeping changes were made and this system was replaced by one that focused on the indoctrination of young people into the Nazi belief system, with a particular focus on racial purity, "no boy or girl...leave school without having been led to an ultimate realization of the necessity and essence of blood purity" (Hitler, 1939).
If the goal of education prior to Hitler was to enrich the student personally, the goal after his rise to power changed to one which focused on the preparation of the student for service to the state. Education was used as a form of social selection by which only the best racial participants would rise up and serve as the next generation of German leaders. The child was something to be molded and was no longer a person but rather an object whose purpose was to without question or hesitation accept Nazi doctrine.
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Under the Nazi regime learning was primarily physical, not heavily academic or intellectual. Skills and knowledge must be practical and ultimately suit the needs of the Party According to the Nazis,“…a less well educated, but physically healthy individual with a sound, firm character, full of determination and will, is more valuable to the Volkish community than an intellectual weakling” (Gavin, 1999, paragraph 24). The objective of Hitler’s schools was not the development of the pupils as intellectuals, but the training of ideal fighting instruments who were physically powerful and mentally feeble so that they would be more easily controlled.
How Far Is Europe Swinging to the Right? - The New York Times
Hitler understood that the most efficient way to unify Germany was through a new educational regime. This system was based in a kind of multi-pronged fundamental revisionism. Political parties were dismantled and many of the nation's teachers, scholars, artists and preachers were driven out of their positions. Under Hitler's reign the German government, schools, universities and churches became one entity with a single purpose: to reproduce Nazi ideologies and the train the next generation of Nazi leaders. Under this regime the Nazi party was not only a government, but a new religion with Hitler as its God and the Nazi ideology as its Gospel.
Educational Theory of Adolph Hitler - NewFoundations
German Nationalism, and economic discontent that had been festering in Germany since WWI, and Hitler’s demagogic methods took full advantage to rise from the fragmented rubble of post World War I Germany. Hitler's ideology took firm root in a soil already ripe with Anti-Semitism, the longing for a truly unified Germany, and a national thirst to reclaim international power and prestige (Benz, 2008). Eventually the Nazi Party grew from a small fringe group to the second largest party in Germany and in 1933 Hitler was elected Prime Minister of Germany and the “National Revolution” began (Benz, 2008, p. 20).
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he Nazi rise to power brought an end to the Weimar Republic, a quasi-democratic regime that had ruled Germany after World War I. Hitler immediately began laying the foundations of the Nazi state. Guided by racist and authoritarian principles, the Nazis eliminated individual freedoms and pronounced the creation of a Volk Community (Volksgemeinschaft)--a society which would, in theory, transcend class and religious differences.
Hitler used a suspicious fire in the German parliament (the Reichstag) in February 1933 to suspend basic civil rights--rights that had been guaranteed by the democratic Weimar Constitution. The Third Reich became a police state in which Germans enjoyed no guaranteed basic rights and the SS, the elite guard of the Nazi state, wielded increasing authority through its control over the police. Political opponents, , along with Jews, were subject to intimidation, persecution, and discriminatory legislation.
In the first two years of his chancellorship, Hitler followed a concerted policy of "coordination" (Gleichschaltung), by which political parties, state governments, and cultural and professional organizations were brought in line with Nazi goals. Culture, the economy, education, and law all came under Nazi control.
Using the Civil Service Law of April 1933, German authorities began eliminating Jews from governmental agencies, and state positions in the economy, law, and cultural life. The Nazi government abolished trade unions.
With the passage of the Enabling Law (March 23, 1933), the German parliament transferred legislative power to Hitler's cabinet and thus lost its reason for being. By mid-July, the Nazi party was the only political party left in Germany. The other parties had been either outlawed by the government or had dissolved themselves under pressure.
Hitler had the final say in both domestic legislation and German foreign policy. Nazi foreign policy was guided by the racist belief that Germany was biologically destined to expand eastward by military force and that an enlarged, racially superior German population should establish permanent rule in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The Third Reich's aggressive population policy encouraged "racially pure" women to bear as many "Aryan" children as possible.