Following on from our work on consent to Nazi rule 1933 – 1939, you might like to read this review of Robert Gellately’s 1990 text “Backing Hitler. Consent and Coercion in Nazi Germany” by Conan Fischer. In it, amongst other arguments, he explains how Gellately demonstrates “conclusively that the much feared and allegedly omnipresent Gestapo in fact relied on widespread public support to function effectively“.
This reinforces the idea that the Nazis controlled Germany in three main ways: terror, achievements and propaganda. It really was consent and coercion.