Which of the following is true of both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union?
In the Soviet union and Nazi Germany in the 1930's, there was a concerted effort by the totalitarian governments of each country to
A. gain the unquestioning support of the nation's youth through programs that combined fellowship activities with classes on Marxist thought.
B. accentuate racial differences in order to incite an ethnic majority to commit acts of violence against minority populations
C. maintain an image of democratic rule by tolerating the existence of an independent judiciary
D. purge society of traditional beliefs that were incosistent with the dogma of the ruling elite
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The best answer to this question is D. Both the communists who ran the Soviet Union and the Nazis who ran Germany wanted to get rid of beliefs that were incompatible with their own ideologies. This was more true in the Soviet Union than in Germany, but it was true to some extent in both countries.
In the Soviet Union, the government explicitly and vigorously attacked religion. It did things like seizing church property and teaching athiesm in the schools. Things were not that severe in Nazi Germany. However, there were many things about Christianity that were not really consistent with Nazi ideology. Because of this, the Nazis were making gradual efforts to diminish support for traditional Christianity in Germany.
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