2 Nazi Effect on GermansThe Nazi State affected different people in different waysFor most people, life was goodSince life was good for most groups, people turned a blind eye to the fact that for groups which were not accepted by the Nazi state, life was horrific.
3 Nazi Party Members Were especially happy They got the best houses, preferential treatment, good jobs in the government, and power over other people.
4 Ordinary People Life was good Had jobs There was law and order Autobahns improvedFrequent ceremonies- added color and excitementPropaganda gave people hopeSense of securityEven today, many Germans look back and remember the years before 1939 as happy yearsTrust in Adolf Hitler gave people a sense of security
5 Drawbacks for Ordinary People Wages fell and strikers could be shotLoss of personal freedomsAll culture had to be approvedMusic had to be Beethoven or Wagner or German folk songsAll actors had to be members of the Nazi partyOnly books by approved authors could be read
6 Women Were seen as child-bearer and creator of family Law for the Encouragement of MarriageGave newlyweds a loan of 1,000 marksCould keep 250 marks for each child they hadMothers who had more than 8 children were given a gold medalNazis were very male-dominated and anti-feministNot all women were happy with the Nazi regimeJob-discrimination against women was encouraged: women doctors, teachers, and civil servants were forced to give up their careersWomen were never allowed to serve in the armed forces- even during the war
7 Youth Nazi culture was youth-oriented NJ had exciting activities for young boysNazis treated young men and women as though they were specialTold youth they knew more than their parentsMany parents were frightened that their children would turn them into the Gestapo, which gave young people a power that they enjoyedGirls who were regarded as true Aryan girls were sent off to special camps where they were bred (like farm animals) with selected ‘Aryan’ boys
8 OpponentsUsed fear and horror against anyone who disapproved of their regimeTrade Unions bannedCommunists put in camps or killedMany protestant pastors were persecuted or executed‘grumblers’ were murdered or sent to campsChildren were encouraged to report their parents to the Gestapo if they criticized Hitler or the Nazi PartyMany Germans welcomed this because it brought political stability after the Weimar years
9 Untermensch Means subhuman People the Nazis thought were racially or socially inferior“germs of destruction”
10 Untermensch Black people Jews Gypsies Mentally disabled Physically disabledBlacks were sterilized and killedJews- 6 million killedGypsies- 85% of German gypsies killed, treated almost as badly as JewsMentally disabled- 5,000 mentally disabled babies were killed72,000 mentally ill patients were killedPhysically disabled and people with hereditary illness were sometimes sterilized.300,000 men and women sterilizedBeggers, homosexuals, prostitutes, alcoholics, pacifists, hooligans and criminals werealso regarded as anti-social and they were put in concentration campsNote that- many Germans approved of this- or at least turned a blind eye.