Germany was only a united country for forty three years before world war one. That war only began due to conflict between Austria-Hungary and Russia. Germany's ties to Austria-Hungary caused them to join their side. Of course, Russia also had allies that joined their side, ending up with the first world war. The war ended four years later with Germany defeated. In their defeat, they lost territory, a prospering economy, and no short amount of self-respect. Hitler used the vulnerable state of the German people to gain power. He promised them a future of respect and prosperity, at future where Germany ruled the world. He gave them a feeling of pride again, and little did the people know, Hitler had other plans in mind. The Nazi party had full control over the media, and thus, ninty-nine percent of the information given to the people was propoganda. Back then, radio and newspapers were the only form of news. The true purpose of concentration camps was a mystery to the civilian population and even parts of the military. That is one reason the camps were out in the countrysides, away from cities and towns. The generation being raised under the Nazi regime was taught that Jews and other ethinicites were bad for the world, and as far as they knew, that was true. A lot of people today do not understand the details of World War II. We are taught the Germans were all evil Nazis, but that is not true. They were decieved. Back then, the German government wasn't set up to keep things like Hitler from happening as we do, and communication between people wasn't easy as it is today. Some people had telephones, but mail was still a major form of communication. Both of these things were monitored by the Nazi government as well. Anyway, as a final reminder, All Germans weren't Nazis, and the Jews of Germany were German citizens.