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Germany: 1933-1945 - Life In Nazi Germany, 1933-1939

In GCSE History students will look at Germany between the two World Wars. One area studied is what life was like in 1930s Nazi Germany under Adolf Hitler.

After Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933 the Nazi Party began to make their mark on more and more aspects of life in Germany. There were some improvements - such as the autobahns - but for those who did not fit in with Nazi ideology, life under Adolf Hitler could be very hard indeed.

Test your knowledge of life in Germany under Nazi rule in this quiz.

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  1. Which of the following minority groups within Hitler's "Third Reich" was not targeted for extermination on the grounds of racial inferiority?
    The Nazis were clear that certain minorities within Germany (either ethnic or religious) were inferior according to Nazi racial theory
  2. The German Labour Front was set up to direct workers into projects where they were needed - especially rearmament schemes. Who was the leader of this organisation?
    The Nazis were determined to mobilise German labour, supported by foreign recruits, to back up their increased armed forces towards eventual war
  3. In November 1938 Goebbels encouraged a series of anti-Jewish incidents, involving attacks on Jewish-owned properties. What name was given to these outrages?
    Hitler's lieutenants were keen to show their zeal for Nazi ideology by carrying out from time to time outrages, that would win his approval
  4. At the 1936 Olympic Games, held in Berlin, Hitler was dismayed by the extraordinary success of a black American athlete, who won no less than 4 gold medals. Who was this?
    The 1936 Olympics was an opportunity to showcase Nazi racial theories and the superiority of the Aryan race. Victories by black American athletes, however, showed the absurdity of such ideas
  5. Goebbels hosted an exhibition in 1937 where he showcased so-called "degenerate art", and even invited Hitler himself to a viewing. What term was used in German to describe such "inferior" art?
    Goebbels argued that his exhibition contained art works that were unworthy to represent the German people
  6. Which organisation was at first restricted to 100,000 men, but soon numbered 750,000 with 1,000,000 reservists?
    At repeated rallies Hitler announced German re-armament
  7. The secret police played a key role in Hitler's Germany. What was their name?
    Germans were taught that there was a higher loyalty than allegiance to their immediate family. The secret police expected to be informed of any suspicious behaviour - even by children accusing their own parents
  8. Nazi ideology assumed German advance eastwards to rule over much of Eastern Europe, including Poland, the USSR, the Baltic States and Romania. Which German term means such expansion for the German race, which was said to be too confined within existing borders?
    Hitler always envisaged expansion to the East, where he regarded the existing occupiers as totally inferior to the "Master Race"
  9. Hitler liked to style himself as "Fuhrer", and to wear Nazi Party or military uniform rather than formal civilian dress after 1934. What does the word "Fuhrer" mean?
    The Nazis made much of what they called "Fuhrerprinzip", by which they meant a hierarchical mode of government based on loyalty and obedience to one man
  10. At the Berlin Motor Show in February 1939, Porsche showed Hitler the prototype of a mass production saloon car for the German people. By what name was this car eventually known?
    Hitler was keen to encourage a popular car, that most Germans could afford, and that would grace his new motorway network

Author: Edward Towne

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