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"Radical change is necessary in a totalitarian society."

Hitler brought a totalitarian regime to Germany during the Nazi era (1933-1945). Radical changes in the social, economic and political structure were brought about to ensure the success of this regime.

Germany was reeling under great economic depression with a very high unemployment rate. To alleviate the situation, Hitler unleashed massive reforms programs. To control the unemployment, he used heavy military spending on the manufacturing of weapons and other war machines/structures which decreased unemployment rapidly. Extensive public works were undertaken, especially high speed highways, which boosted the economy. Forced labor from captured countries was also used. All this helped the German economy and boosted the image of the Nazi regime.

A totalitarian society meant zero tolerance to anybody who opposed the regime. This translated into crushing political opposition, the press and curtailing the authority of the church. Hitler was the apex of the power structure and every official and civil servant had to swear an oath of unconditional obedience to him. 

A number of social changes were also brought about. Most important was the persecution of minorities, mostly Jews. Concentration camps were set up and millions of Jews were killed during this regime. Women were discouraged from working and were supposed to look after their families. 

Thus, the totalitarian regime worked by means of total control over the nation through radical changes in social, economic and political policies.

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