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Resistance: Workers

Resistance to the Nazi Regime by the Workers

How significant was Germany in Europe in terms of the level of Unionisation? Pre 1933 Germany was the most Unionised Workforce in Europe.
To which party was the Trade Unions affiliated to? The SPD: Social Democratic Party of Germany
How quickly did Union resistance to the Nazis crumble? Surprisingly Quickly
What were the key necessary factors for survival of the Trade Unions in Germany? The existence of class conflict and working class solidarity.
To which organisation were Trade Unions absorbed into? The DAF: Deutsche Arbeits Front
What did Nazi propaganda achieve within the attitudes of the Working Class. A refocus on national solidarity rather than class solidarity, alongside the de politicisation of of the Working Class.
Why did workers have causes for concern? Few outlets to express their discontent and there was no independent organisation to represent them.
Name the four ways workers passively resisted the Nazis. 1. Withdrawal of labour 2. Strike action 3. Absenteeism 4. Deliberate damaging of machinary
Why were most strikes caused? Due to poor wages, long hours and poor working conditions
Why was there a large number of strikes in 1935-36? Due to extra discontent over food prices.
How did the regime react to strikes, absenteeism and sabotage? Arrests and imprisonments.
Overall, how successful and important was the resistance by the workers? Neither largely successful or important as the actions were largely passive and so didn't pose a serious threat to the regime.
Created by: CEFR-German