fascism in nazi germany
Nazi Germany isn't the only country that used fascism during the WWII era. Countries like the UK, Spain, Belgium, and Denmark had large fascist governments between WWI and WWII. However, none of these countries was more greatly influenced by fascism than Nazi Germany and Italy during WWII.
From the time period of 1933 to 1945, Adolf Hitler was the chancellor of Germany. He was a fascist and his Nazi party used many facsist characteristics in their form of government. These are some examples below:
-Nazi Germany was devoted to their chancellor, Adolf
-They strongly supported the military and focused on
higher ideals, such as war, rather than the struggle of
-They also created a common public enemy to blame for
their various problems in government: Jews, Gypsies,
homosexuals, communists, etc. They planned to
exterminate these people as part of a "Final Solution" that
they had devised.
-They had a secret police called the SS and they controlled
the social lives of the citizens by reading every letter
sent and listening to every phone call made to make sure
they weren't spreading information about the government
and their plans to other citizens. This was a nearly
unnecessary thing seeing as the Nazis controlled the
the media and spread propaganda across their country.
-They encouraged the youth of their country to support
fascism by setting up the Hitler Youth program. This
program trained boys aged 14 to 18 to be well prepared
for a possible career in the SS. Fascist Italy also had a
similar program called the Scouts.
Using these various characteristics, the Nazis carried out their plans of exterminating all Jews and others and Hitler's eventual plan of world domination.
All of these characteristics are similar to fascism and therefore Nazi Germany's government is widely thought of as fascist. Another term for it, since it is of the Nazis' origin, is Nazism.