Nazi Germany

By Evan Deweese

Who, What, When, Where, and Why?

Nazi Germany lasted from 1933-1945 and was founded and controlled by Dictator Adolf Hitler. He controlled nearly all aspects of the German people's lives. His goal was to create a perfect race, and he believed that Germans were superior people, while all other people were inferior to them. He wanted to gain more territory for his "kingdom" and attacked Poland and the Soviet Union, and killing many Jews while doing so. It is estimated that 6 million Jews were killed by Hitler and his army during this time period.

How Germany Portrayed it

Hitler used Nazi Propaganda to influence what the people thought of Germany. The 1936 summer Olympics were held in Germany, and this was a great opportunity for Hitler to influence public opinion. Signs around the city stating "Jews not allowed" were removed. At first, Hitler did not want to let Jews or Blacks participate; but after increasing pressure from other countries he relented. Germany did an incredible job during the Olympics of cleaning up all the hatred signage around the city. After the Olympics were over, Hitler used Nazi propaganda signs (See below) to influence the public on what his "perfect race" would look like. This whole time, the United States and other countries had no idea on his rising to power and what would later become of it.
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How America portrayed it

Obviously, America did not support Nazi Germany or anything to do with Germany during World War II. America wanted to boycott German made goods. We used posters saying "For humanities sake, Don't buy German goods!" We made every attempt possible to promote the immoral things that the Germans were doing and help the war effort. Unfortunately, we were very racist in the ways we did this at times. Not all Germans were evil and the U.S. made it seem like they were.

Media Bias Explained

All in all, I support the United States effort to save those who were suffering in Nazi Germany. They should not have been so racist at times in the way they presented things though. I'm sure that there were many Germans in the U.S. during WWII that disproved of what their home country was doing. Nazi Germany was a terrible thing that happened and millions of people were killed. If I had been there during WWII, I surely would have been very upset with what was going on in Germany and wanted it to end. I am proud to be able to say that I live in a free country and one that wants to end killing and dictatorship in other countries.
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Historical Criticism

As we look back Historically, we see that an event like this is very unlikely to happen again. Since WWII, there have been several organizations that have been formed in order to promote peace and order in the world we live in today. The most notable is the United Nations, which formed in order to promote world peace and unity between countries. Since the United Nations was founded in 1945, 193 countries have joined. With there being 196 countries in the world, this brings almost the whole world under this unity. Germany also became a member in 1973.

Thankfully, most dictatorship and Nazism in the world is gone, and most people have their own rights. We are lucky to live in a country were the free rights of people are supported and upheld. Learning about Nazi Germany showed me even more how times and freedoms have changed and grown over the years

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Cultural Criticism

Germany's main goal was to create a "perfect race" while gaining as much territory as possible. Hitler was the "mastermind" behind all of this. This is something that other cultures found unacceptable at the time. In the time this was happening, the United States was not okay with it - our culture and values were different there. In the Declaration of Independence, it states that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

In the United States, we believe that all people are created equal and that this is something that should never happen in the world. This is why that Nazi Germany and racism against Jews was unique to their culture at the time, because we firmly believed that it was wrong

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