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Secret Reports on Nazi GermanyThe Frankfurt School Contribution to the War Effort$
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Franz Neumann, Herbert Marcuse, Otto Kirchheimer, and Raffaele Laudani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691134130

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691134130.001.0001

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Changes in the Reich Government

Changes in the Reich Government

(August 20, 1943)

(p.38) 3 Changes in the Reich Government
Secret Reports on Nazi Germany

Herbert Marcuse

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on changes in the Reich government, beginning with the appointment of Heinrich Himmler as head of the Ministry of Interior. Himmler's appointment reflected growing internal difficulties and the determination of the regime to go to the limit in applying the totalitarian terror. The opposition would now be ferreted out and destroyed even more ruthlessly than before. As far as the underground movement was concerned, this would mean little change. The increase in Himmler's powers seemed to be primarily directed against the “conservative” groups in the Civil Service, against opposition among the middle classes and intellectuals, and against those business circles which may be inclined to favor an understanding with the Western Powers. The chapter discusses the state and party positions now held by Himmler, his role in implementing Nazi Germany's Eastern policy, and changes in the Reich Labor Service and in the Protectorate.

Keywords:   middle classes, Reich government, Heinrich Himmler, Ministry of Interior, Civil Service, intellectuals, Nazi Germany, Eastern policy, Reich Labor Service, Protectorate

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