German - Councell 1 Judy Councell LANG 120 Molly Walling 18...

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Councell 1 Judy Councell LANG 120 Molly Walling 18 February 2008 German Resistance Prior to the Third Reich, Germany was suffering in the wake of a succession of unstable governments and a bout of humiliation. Hitler’s reign seemed as though it could change things, so when unemployment seemed to drop and the predominant governments showed no signs of disapproval, Germany could hardly disagree. However, despite their seemingly improved situation, those continually unable to identify themselves with their political system and the violence that it began to ensue, naturally took the course of resistance. Although Hitler’s actions appeared to improve to the public, beneath his picture-perfect society lay propaganda that angered those willing to fight injustice, from the lowest class to the wealthiest, influencing various attempts to fight the injustice of the Nazi regime. Propaganda and misconceptions led many people to believe that Hitler managed to cut un-employment rates to nearly zero, even though Hitler was advocating that women stay home and raise children, saying that for a German woman, her “world is her husband, her family, her children, and her home.” Ironic considering un-employment rates never reached a level that could be considered worthy of high praise. Offering the ‘Cross of Honor of the German Mother’ to women who bore four or more children further reinforced this policy. The unemployment rate was cut mostly through sending women home so that men could take their jobs, but they also forced Jews out of the workplace. Given this, claims that the German economy achieved near full employment are at least partly artifacts of propaganda from the era.
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Councell 2 German resistance to the Nazi government began for many reasons. Injustice, criminality, police excesses, and the persecution of non-Aryans are some of the most common. The first phase of opposition mainly encompassed those whose goal was to arouse citizen’s opposition or awareness of the regime. Often this was acted through church officials, who learned to use their speaking power to inspire and warn. Clemens August Graf von Galen, a German count and
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